08 September 2010

Review: Marley and Me by John Grogan

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Marley and Me by John Grogan
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography
Publication Date: October 18, 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins, Hodder And Stoughton Ltd
ISBN: 0340936843 (ISBN13: 9780340936849)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 343
Source: Friend's copy

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Summary:
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good -- Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Review:
Not a fan of animals, not a fan of non-fictions as well. But I love this book so much, I read this the second time, before returning my friend.

I feel like I know Marley. I feel like all those moments and things that happened in the book, I was there witnessing too. I laughed while crying, and cried somemore. It had so many things that made me laugh out loud. I am so emotionally touched by this book, I am still having tears in my eyes while writing this review. According to my first mini review, apparently, I couldn't get out of the book immediately.

I read this book earlier this year, and have wanted a dog since, even though I am not an animal person, nor a dog person, and am afraid of dogs, and might have allergy (just guessing). I certainly don't want to a destructive dog, but after knowing all the joy and other things Marley had given them, I really want a dog, to be there for me always, and bring me joys.

I like the writing as well, however, he put too many informations (as in facts, or background information, or definition or etc, you know, not very Marley-related). I just want to read Marley's misadventure. Then again, this is a reread, I've forgotten the first time I read, but maybe if he didn't explain, I might not know.

Conclusion:
loveeee this book. Super surprised by all the hate and negative reviews this book gets, criticising John Grogan and his wife to be terrible dog owners. Hey, nobody's perfect!

Cover Design:
Marley / cover dog is so cute! Like the fonts. Like the cover. :D

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43 comments:

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Don't you just love it when you don't expect to love something, but then you do? Best feeling!

Lola Sharp said...

I too loved this book. :) But, I AM an animal lover. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. What a treat to follow your trail back here to yours.

Love,
Lola

lotusgirl said...

I think I'm going to really enjoy your book reviews.

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

Wow, thank you for the compliments! :D

carolina: i know! especially since I love surprises!

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I enjoyed this one too, which was a surprise because I am not a dog person either. :)

GMR said...

Enjoyed the review! I have this one somewhere in my TBR mountain...have been avoiding it I think because I had heard that it gets quite sad towards to end. Definitely an animal lover here, so I'll get to it one day...just with a box of tissues! Thanks for sharing...and happy reading!

Rebecca Wells said...

The movie made me cry - I think everyone who has ever had a dog would cry too... I'm glad you liked the book! It's on my list, but I'm not sure I'm ready to start crying again...

Thanks for stopping by my blog during BlogFest!

Aleetha said...

ouch, I never know that John Grogan got a negative review and acused as terrible dog owner. I have read this book and I think they are good enough

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