Review: Letters from the Country

Letters from the country is non-fiction that reads like fiction. It’s funny and light and composed of small chapters detailing the adventures of the author, Marsha Boulton–a journalist who moved to the country to raise sheep.

This book reminds me a lot of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. Though there are parts that are sad, most are funny and some are outright hilarious.

The characters in the book are mostly animals. Determined sheep, stubborn cows who run away, quirky dogs and very silly chickens. Marsha tries to keep things neat, organized and clean and, of course, the animals will have none of it getting in the way in their unique and very often funny ways.

The neighbours are there too with their country-quirks and sayings but it’s the animals that made me laugh. I have dogs and I can relate so well to the fiascos her brood creates.

It’s an easy to book to pick up and you barely have to make a commitment. Each chapter is self-contained organized by seasons. The gift is the humour. I’ve laughed and laughed with this book.

It not only won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour but it inspired a series of books along the same lines. I definitely recommend it.



Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“In an instant I saw the ewes lift their heads from the petunias in unison. If they had been cartoon characters they would have all sported a light bulb turning on in the balloon above their small brains.”

Pg. 120 from Tales from the Country by Marsha Boulton. A note on this book, it won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.