Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780007319886
Pages: 206
Price: 150 INR

A breezy read and something that can be finished off in a single reading, this book is one of the rare instances where the film adaption is far better than its written counterpart. While I myself saw the movie prior to reading the book, readers can be assured that they won’t be losing anything from reading the novel after experiencing it on the big screen.
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog’ is a New York Times bestselling novel by journalist John Grogan. It falls into the autobiographical genre, but hardly felt like one as I felt the pages slip past me speedily. The story is written in the first person perspective of the author, which makes it easier to fall in love with the brat of a dog called Marley. He is a Golden Retriever and clearly fails to understand what the humans expect of him. Scared of thunder and lightning, he’d create a riot at the very hint of it. As the story unfolds, you can’t help but fall in love with the humungous dog and the hiccups it brings into the household.

Note to readers: This story takes me through a journey. The transformation of a pup to a dog is something nostalgic. It almost felt like my childhood slipping away for the second time. And it is such a lovely journey! For some strange reason, I was reminded of an old movie of the 1950s’ called ‘Old Yeller’. The movie too portrayed a dog’s role in a family brilliantly, although the story was very different. But I digress. A definite treat for dog lovers and book lovers alike, this novel will make those who don’t own dogs run to their nearest shelter and seek one out. Dog owners on the other hand will lay aside their copy and give a good rub on the belly to their life-time supply of love that is wagging a tail besides them.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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