Review: MARLEY & ME by John Grogan



Anyone who has ever enjoyed the companionship of a pet will likely relate to some of the episodes described in this non-fiction book. The author started writing a month after his beloved Labrador retriever, Marley, died at the age of thirteen. John Grogan is a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and often worked Marley stories into his column. When his dog died he wrote about that too and said in an interview, “The day the column ran, nearly 800 Inquirer readers emailed or called. A typical day might bring 30 to 50 responses. That's when I knew I had a bigger story to tell.” Obviously other people could relate.

Marley was not just the worst dog, but also the best. The only predicatable thing about Marley was his unpredictability. John and Jenny Grogan decided to get a puppy not long after they were married – figuring that a dog would give them some idea what parenthood would be like. Of course the puppy grew up to be close to one hundred pounds of a constantly moving, pulling and running blur who would tear up the house in a terrified frenzy every time a thunderstorm hit. Living in Florida, the thunderstorm capital of the world, did not help John and Jenny’s furniture, sofa cushions, woodwork and just about anything else within reach become victims of Marley’s thunder phobia.

When the couple decided the time was right, they had their first child and in Marley’s world, the baby fit right in. Apparently dirty diapers were a special treat and Mr. Grogan describes the expression of pure heaven on Marley’s face whenever he came into contact with the diaper pail.

Marley did go to school to learn better manners and John was thrilled when Marley actually came 7th in his class (out of a class of 8) and was not expelled as he had been on their first attempt at training. John’s hopes for better behaviour were not even dampened when Marley happily ate his graduation certificate.

I very much enjoyed reading about Marley’s antics, but the story dragged a bit for me whenever it delved deeper into the author’s life. I was not so interested in that! I suppose I just couldn’t relate to this man but I could relate to having a dog like Marley. Mine was a black lab named Coal who once greeted me at the door once with her tail wagging and my long and very sharp bread knife sticking out of her mouth. At least she had hold of the handle part! I’m happy to report that after I was able to figure out how to get it away from her, there were no injuries.

9 comments:

Staci on January 8, 2009 at 10:07 PM said...

This is a great review. I have Marley & Me in my purse right now. Can't wait to read it!!

Myckyee on January 8, 2009 at 11:22 PM said...

Thanks Staci! I have his newest book on my TBR review list. I think it will be a pretty easy read.

Cindy on January 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM said...

This sounds like a great book. Great Review. ITs on the TB list.

Myckyee on January 9, 2009 at 7:13 PM said...

Thanks for your comment, Cindy. See you soon!

bermudaonion on January 9, 2009 at 8:41 PM said...

I haven't read this yet, but I loved Grogan's newest book The Longest Trip Home.

Myckyee on January 9, 2009 at 9:20 PM said...

Hi bermudaonion! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed The Longest Trip Home since I'll be reading that after my current book.

Cindy on January 9, 2009 at 9:38 PM said...

The movie looks pretty good.

Sorry to post twice..just wanted to tell you to check out my blog, I gave you an award. Talk to you soon.

Myckyee on January 10, 2009 at 2:32 PM said...

Thanks, Cindy!

Andrea on January 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM said...

This is on my TBR list, especially since the movie just came out. Have you seen it yet? I hear it's really good. That's so funny about your dog (scary too, though!). I'm always glad my cats aren't as big as dogs and don't have the ability to destroy as much! Their 10 pound selves get into enough trouble!

 

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