Marley and Me – Book Review by Asha Seth

Author: John Grogan | Genre: Memoir, Dogs | Pages: 291 | Publisher: William Morrow

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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 wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

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The story, as you might already know, is based on the life of Marley – John Grogan’s retriever. Marley was irritatingly-cute, disastrously-funny, a mess-maker, a heart-winner with those innocent eyes. Marley was a chewer of couches, a slasher of screens, a slinger of drool, a tipper of trash cans.

The book revolves around how in his early years of marriage, John and Jenny(John’s wife) bought a lab-pup for a pet and how very soon he became the inevitable integral part of their lives. He lives a dog’s not-so-long-life of 13 years while he loves the Grogan family unconditionally. They live learn and love Marley through these years until time comes for him to depart from the world.

A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.

This again is such a mutual feeling. In my childhood, we had a German Shepherd and lost him to sickness. Every tiny memory of his pools my eyes with tears even today. Through his words, Grogan has captured that heartbreaking feeling for himself, and for all those people who’ve lost their pets untimely. The writing is a proper mix of witty and thrill, that keeps the reader engaged throughout. with the story being a memoir it just adds so much more credibility to the author’s observations and trials with his pet and that is something reader’s can easily relate with. There is not a moment of dull or overdoing and that’s what makes this book a perfectly memorable experience.

A great attempt from the author that will in reader’s memories forever. As for me, saying that I loved it, is a mere understatement. I lived it, adored it, cherished it. I can never agree more to these few lines Grogan has adroitly expressed:

“We could have bought a small yacht with what we spent for our dog and all the things he destroyed. Then again, how many yachts wait by the door all day for your return?”

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Pick this book whether you’re a dog-lover or not. You will never regret it. If anything, you’d want a Marley in your life too. What you might like to know is that the book is already a Hollywood hit starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

Have you read ‘Marley & Me’? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy reading till we meet next. Until then, carpe diem! 

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