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Marley: A Dog Like No Other Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0061240354
LANGUAGE: English

" This book is fantastic. I'm going on the roller coaster of emotions throughout the reading. It was so funny, warm-hearted but also heart-crushing. Marley is such a cute and adorable dog. He resembles so well my current puppy. After reading this book I learn that we really should love our pets more and more cz the only world they have is us. " said.

"I told myself I wouldn't cry because I saw the movie; but I was wrong. The is a amazing story of a puppy turning into a dog. It makes you develop an amazing connection with the characters as the author describes them. I would recommend this book to people who don't cry very easy and if that person like non-fiction. What I like most about the book is John's point of view on his perception of Marley. I loved how Marley would follow him around the house, because that is what my two dogs do with my dad. " said.

"I wish I can meet John Grogan – this book is bloody brilliant! Can I rate this book 6/5?

Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy, with an appetite for mischief! You could say that he’s the world’s worst dog, but for those who love him he’s a dog like no other; bringing joy to his family as he bounds through life teaching them about what really matters. This book is a special adaptation from the international bestselling author of Marley and Me; now a major movie. Inside are photos of the original Marley, the real dog who inspired the movie!

While reading ‘Marley’, I laughed, smiled, felt empathy / understanding, sense familiarity and comfort and I cried! As a dog lover/owner I can relate 100% on the same level as the author. When reading the first few years of Marley’s life, I realised that I had forgotten what it felt like to own a puppy; from the joy of bringing a puppy home and naming it, to feeling annoyed when puppy chews up a belonging and let’s not forget puppy training! John’s writing brought back my own memories of my dog during his puppy years that not even a photograph had captured the full emotions felt at the time. It really hit home for me during the last 4-5 chapters when Grogan went into detail about the deterioration of Marley’s health as I went through the same thing with my dog: the decreased strength at the hips, loss of hearing, going blind, changes to his digestive system and the increase in vet visits to name a few.

The extra care he provided Marley during his ailed health matched the same care I provided for Fluffy. The things Grogan did for his dog illustrated the love and devotion he had for him and there was one particular incident in the book that stood out from the others. When Marley couldn’t climb the stairs one night, (Attn: you need to read the book to find out why, I won’t ruin it for you) Grogan camped downstairs with him as he couldn’t let him sleep alone during his recovery. It reminded me so much of the time I stayed up all night with my dog when his back spasm up and he was in so much pain. It broke my heart to even think about leaving him alone in pain. Times like those just goes to show how strong a bond is between a dog and their owner.

I can talk more about these dog memories/experiences but if I do I’ll be here all day, plus I don’t want to spoil it for the ones who haven’t seen or read it yet. I ended up reading the interview with John Grogan and Goodreads (2008). In his interview Grogan mentioned, “In my mind, Marley & Me was never a dog book; it's really a story of a couple's growth from young single people into this family, and the dog is a catalyst”. After both watching and reading Marley and Me I can definitely say his words are true. To us dog lovers, we think it’s a story about a dog but if we can read between the lines, we end up seeing the growth and maturation of the couple and their family over time. Marley shaped them for who they have become….ever heard of the saying ‘The dog is just like its owner’? Again, I can relate to my own personal experiences. My dog became a part of my family when I was around 11 years old. He passed away this year and I am now 25. Throughout 14 years I entered different stages of life, from pre-teens, adolescence and young adulthood. My dog was there with me through every change just like Marley was with his family and even though at times our dogs can be a real pain in the neck and cost us lots of money, they are also there for us when we really need them and teach us the important things in life….

…. “Things like loyalty, courage and devotion. And things that did not matter, too? A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by how they look but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, smart or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was quite simple”.

Another thing I’ll like to point out about this book before I wrap up this review is about Grogan’s excellent writing skills. He used such creative descriptive language that is was very captivating and FUNNY! Such a born natural he doesn’t even have to try. According to his interview with GR he wrote humorous essays at school. Grogan also mentioned that he has a natural way of sugarcoating things…boy does he ever! I never come across someone before talking about dog poop without being grosed out by it… *Shocking* but it was actually quite hilarious. The author used similes, he used idioms, he used metaphors etc etc - it was such a refreshing read.

Below are a few affectionate names for Marley as mentioned in the book:

*Marley Mambo
*Labrador evader (instead of Labrador retriever)
*Incoming! (term used to describe dog crashing to the floor, all four limbs splayed)

…and here are some funny lines from the book but if you don’t find it funny I swear you will when you read it in the right context:

“When you eat lots of fruit, you get lots of poop. The one advantage to this was that it was nearly impossible to accidentally step in a heap of his poop, which glowed like orange traffic cones.”

“We swore it could never snow in South Florida, but one day we opened the front door to find a blizzard in the living room. The air was filled with soft white fluff floating down.”

“She was straddling him like a horse, with her knees tightly hugging his ribs. One hand grasp the end of his close chain as he bucked and lurched. It was like having a rodeo right in my own living room. What on earth are you doing? I asked. What’s it look like? She shot back. Brushing his teeth!”

To sum it up, you need to read this book ASAP! The movie is good but the book is way better. I can’t recommend it enough. This dog was so full of life and lived it the way he wanted to – full of energy and excitement. When you read this book if feels like you knew him, feels like you were there to watch him grow and go through every doggy experience with him to end. When you read this book, you end up loving Marley just as much as his family. I mean, who wouldn’t love his quirky personality?

Can’t wait to read more of John Grogan’s books 
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" This was an amazing book that I loved a lot! I love and miss you Marley! " said.

" I read this back in '08 and I can still feel the feels. " said.

" I loved this book soo much. I can read it over and over and over again. I read it so slow because i didnt wan to put it down and end it. But when i did i wanted to read it again. " said.

" It's very rare that I ever give five stars for a book.I thought the book was a little emotional.I would read more books from Jhon Grogan " said.

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