Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a New York Times bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan, published in , . Start by marking “Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog” as Want to Read: See all 20 questions about Marley and Me. At first glance, John Grogan’s Marley and Me appears to be a “feel good” novel for the dog loving population. Share This Title: Marley & Me Enlarge Book Cover Audio Excerpt. Left hand . Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would.
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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. I recently decided that I would attempt to read not only books that are published and widely read within the Christian community, but also in the. didn't need to create the exploits in his blockbuster memoir, Marley &andamp Me: the inspiration for the book, his yellow Labrador retriever Marley, got.
Right after I finished, I made a vow to never ever pick up another non-fic book. I did not even want to look at it. Thinking it will be uninteresting, depressing and boring. Now fast forward to the present, boy was I wrong about this book.
But when they brought home a labrador retriever puppy that came to be known as Marley named after the celebrated singer Bob Marley their lives were changed for good. What was once a little furball, Marley rapidly grew into a hyperactive 97 pounds of a dog. This same dog caused a wreck in their house; breaking furnitures, crashing screen doors, tearing cushions, gobbling up receipts, bottle caps and other things and he even figured out how to dug a hole in the wall.
He humped strangers, stole food from unsuspecting kids, stuck his nose into poodle dogs's asses, and not even tranquiliser pills can get in his way. Heck, he even failed obedience school. He was one unstoppable machine. To other people, he may seemed like a wild, ferocious uncontrollable thing but to John and his family - to his readers Marley was anything but " But the prowlers and predators out there didn't need to know that. To them he was big, he was powerful, and he was unpredictably crazy.
And that is how we like it. So why not try to enjoy every precious moments in life? I never for once owned a dog or a pet for that matter. I couldn't even take care of a fish.
So I can't have known how the loss of a pet could affect me. I have never known that bond but when I read this book, I felt that connection between man and dog. The scene where Marley passed on jerked at my heartstrings and before I knew it I was crying Niagara Falls. Put aside Marley's awesomeness and you have John Grogan's excellent way of writing.
Plus, his humour is simply gold. Two thumbs up! I'd recommend this to those who love dogs, owns dogs as pets or even those who wants to have a dog for their own. Read this, laugh out loud, join the ride. Todo llega cuando tiene que llegar, y agradezco seguir creciendo con lecturas como esta y con mis amigos de cuatro patas. View all 3 comments.
Aug 13, Bernadette S rated it did not like it. However, as an active member of that population, it is a disappointing example of the multiple wrongs many people engage in when raising a puppy.
Let me explain. The autobiographical story begins with a young Grogan and his wife contemplating dog ownership. Oftentimes, their lives do not include Marley — which is a prime example of so many households today…Once the children start coming, the dog becomes less important and more like a piece of furniture.
A good dog does not happen by osmosis but consistent training with effort, love, and loyalty. This perhaps sounds harsh but as a dog trainer myself, I firmly believe that our dogs are the products of the time and effort we put into and afford them.
Dogs are NOT disposable though we live in a society that perpetuates this theory. Poor Marley, he could have been a great dog if he had had great owners. Okay, I read two dog books in a row because my book club decided to do this for our February meeting.
That said this book made me laugh so hard I cried and then, of course, I cried at the end as one must with all dog books if one loves dogs. They all cost me thousands of dollars in vet bills, household and yard improvements Okay, I read two dog books in a row because my book club decided to do this for our February meeting.
They all cost me thousands of dollars in vet bills, household and yard improvements and repairs, and pet sitters and dog walkers. Like Marley,none of them could tolerate fire crackers,thunderstorms,or being kept in a kennel. I loved them all and think of them almost everyday. I loved their loyalty, empathy, exuberance, and unconditional love. Like Marley these qualities made me overlook their inability to really follow the rules and their selective hearing whenever I gave them commands.
Oct 05, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Marley is a lovable lab and the structural element around which Grogan writes his own coming of age story. Grogan and wife are reporters in south Florida, and take on the responsibility of a pooch as a way for his wife to see if she is up to the challenge of handling a baby. We follow Grogan as he tries to gain some control over the rambunctious Marley. He leads us through the life of a young couple as they try and fail to have a child, then try and try again, successfully.
He shows us the chang Marley is a lovable lab and the structural element around which Grogan writes his own coming of age story. He shows us the changes in his neck of Florida, and the changes in Marley and his wife. We meet his babies and see how Marley attaches to them. It is a charming tale, warmly told, of a flawed but lovable pooch. Eventually the family moves to Pennsylvania as Grogan takes over publishing duties for the Rodale Press. The Pennsylvania portion is definitely the lesser part here.
Marley learns about snow and gets a taste of the Middle Atlantic, but all too soon he begins to go gray and soon after he begins a rapid medical decline. The final chapters address his demise. I was relating particularly to the passing of Bo, our alpha cat, while reading this, choking up the whole time. Grogan tacks on his take on what Marley taught his human masters. It was a bit maudlin, but what the heck.
This is a very engaging and enjoyable read. Payload, such as it is, concerns dogs in general and labs in particular. But the joy here is the pure, untrammeled love of Marley for life and his loyalty to his family. Carry tissues. Oct 17, Ryan Marquardt rated it really liked it. OK, I'm a complete sucker for this book. Yes, some of the anecdotes are things that every pet owners experiences, and are not really that compelling as a result. And some parts of it are more about life with a dog than the life of a dog.
It was well written though, and really funny at times. Marley sounds like he was a complete love. And that is why it was so tough to read the end. Yes, you know how it ends. But Grogan's description of the canine aging process is really accurate. Dogs do live in OK, I'm a complete sucker for this book. Dogs do live in a compressed time span, and they go from pups to geriatrics in the blink of an eye.
They bring so much joy during their lifetime, but they are dependent on their owners, especially as they age. It breaks your heart as they start to show signs of aging and frailty when they still apparently have the mind and demeanor of a puppy.
It's an exercise in adapting to their needs and realizing that they, like you, have limited time on this earth. The whole account brings back a process that I've had two too many times, so maybe I'm hyper-sensitive about it.
Still, it brings back the whole sadness of saying good bye to a loyal and totally trusting companion. It's so hard to know that they are naive and have that trust in you even when you are taking them to the vet for the last time. You know its the right decision, but it still is heartbreaking. OK, probably TMI. A good book on the whole, and it struck a cord with me.
I'm glad I was in the privacy of my own room when I finished it. Nov 29, Asha Seth rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. Just like Marley , my Golden-Retriever, Alfey is a classic example of the above mentioned fact. All dogs are! One just needs to see. A Great piece of work from John Grogan that has promised to remain in my memories forever and ever.
Saying that I loved it, is a mere understatement. I lived it. I enjoyed it. I adored it. Being a retriever-owner myself, I can say I lived every piece of the book, some to an extent lot more. I can never agree more to these few lines Grogan has adroitly expressed. Not even if I yelled for hours, standing at the peak of Mount Everest with a mike in my hands. It is just so true and a feeling mutual to all dog-lovers like me. Then again, how many yachts wait by the door all day for your return?
John Gorgan's pet dog. 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 dog 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.
This again is such a mutual feeling. In my childhood, I owned a German Shepherd and lost him to sickness. Every tiny memory of his pools my eyes with tears. This is how Grogan has put it through for himself, for me and for those few thousand people who have lost their pet dogs. Walking in now at the end of the day was the most painful part of all. And once I Did I knew there was no stopping. I could so feel Grogan's loss as mine. I too fell in love with Marley like thousand other readers did.
This one was an anticipated breakage of the dam of my tears which didn't stop for good few hours. Here it is, Owning a dog always ended with sadness because dogs just don't live as long as people did.
Read it even if you are not a dog-owner. You might want to own one. Read it even if you are a dog-hater.
You might start loving them. Read it. Read it anyway. View 1 comment. Jul 07, Alaina rated it really liked it Shelves: I've seen the movie countless times and I was very excited to dive into the book.
I honestly loved Jenny and John in the beginning. The whole plant dying thing had me laughing and then she jumps from a plant to a dog. For me, I'd rather have a dog than a plant because of the whole unconditional love thing.. Another thing, dogs definitely help you prepare for kids - sort of. They are a lot of work and you will spend a lot of money on them.
Just like kids. Marley was all kinds of trouble from the start and it definitely made me smile. It definitely reminded me of how my first dog was and definitely how my two dogs are now. They are all kinds of trouble and make my life interesting. Now I loved reading about their time with this dog. It was beyond precious to me and I loved everything about it.
Then I reached the saddest part ever because I've seen the movie so I knew it was coming.
Reading about his death was just so freaking sad. It took me back to the day that we had to put down my first dog. We did it at home and it was just a very sad day. My dog, Calvin Cal for short had cancer and when we put him down - well, he went very quickly. The whole family was just crying, hugging, and kissing him goodbye. So when I went through this whole section about Marley..
Bittersweet for me. In the end, I would definitely re-read this book and re-watch the movie again too. It was just that good. I fell in love with John, Jenny, Marley, and the entire family.
They were adorable and I'm glad that I got a chance to dive into this book. May 16, Merty rated it did not like it.
This book should have been titled "World's Worst Dog Owners". This book just make me plain mad. Poor Marley was just abused. Left alone in a garage without AC for 10 to 12 hours. Left alone with his fear of thunderstorms. At one point, the callous female owner doesn't want him anymore. What the heck. This book was awful.
It just makes me think of all those unwanted dogs left to fend for themselves because owners don't want to deal with them anymore. Don't understand how this book became so popul This book should have been titled "World's Worst Dog Owners". Don't understand how this book became so popular.
It gets worse, the family goes on vacation when he's near dying so they can go on vacation. Love their priorties! I can't believe the popularity of this book and there is a movie!
What the? The only reason Marley was considered such a "bad" dog was that he was truely neglected ALL the time. Horrible Horrible Horrible book and treatment of a family pet all the way to his dying end.
The Disney vacation had priorty for the Grogan family. Jan 10, Glenna rated it it was amazing. I was fully prepared to give this book 3 stars before I started reading it. I laughed and yes I cried. It would be int I was fully prepared to give this book 3 stars before I started reading it. It would be interesting to see. Karen, there's a great part about their dog flunking out of obedience school.
FYI There is some adult talk in this book because she has a hard time getting pregnant and then miscarries etc. View all 9 comments. Apr 04, Leila rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did enjoy this book which I read quite quickly. There were lots of fun bits but I have to admit I did shed a few tears at the end of the book. I love dogs but my goodness what would it be like to have a dog like Marley?
I guess you would have to have a healthy bank balance among other things,. View all 6 comments. Dec 08, Category Is: Book Review Realness!
Dog Lovers. Recommended to Category Is: The Movie. Bad dog, good dog. In the past 5 or so years that I owned a copy of it, I read it several times.
I guess you can call it a comfort book. Grogan has a very recognizable writing style, his tone warm and funny even when he's tackling serious issues. The interesting thing about this book was that I picked it up hoping to read about a dog con Bad dog, good dog. The interesting thing about this book was that I picked it up hoping to read about a dog controlled by demons.
Not only did I care about the very great and crazy dog, I cared about John and his family. And John, I might never meet you. But I really hope you're doing okay. And I hope you learned how to dress your kids without putting their clothes upside down. And to you Marley, you were really the best and worst dog of the world. If I loved this family so much, it was in no small part thanks to you. Marley broke a lot of things but mostly my heart. Mar 11, Keann rated it it was amazing.
I liked this book a lot, because Marley is so funny and I couldn't even believe that a dog could act like that. It was really sad at the end though, but I which I knew what happened at the end.
It kinda left at a cliff hanger. It was a really good book through and I think anybody who reads it will love it. This si what I though about Marley and Me. Readers also enjoyed. About John Grogan. Kornblut expels him from her class. Editor Arnie Klein Alan Arkin offers John a twice-weekly column in which he can discuss the fun and foibles of everyday living. At first stumped for material, John realizes the misadventures of Marley might be the perfect topic for his first piece.
Arnie agrees, and John settles into his new position. Marley continues to wreak havoc on the household, providing John with a wealth of material for his column, which becomes a hit with readers and helps increase the newspaper's circulation. Jenny becomes pregnant, but loses the baby early in her first trimester.
She and John travel to Ireland for a belated honeymoon, leaving the rambunctious dog in the care of a young woman who finds him impossible to control, especially during the frequent thunderstorms that plague the area. Soon after returning from their vacation, Jenny discovers she is pregnant again, and this time she delivers a healthy boy, Patrick.
When she has a second son, Connor, she opts to give up her job and become a stay-at-home mom, prompting John to take on a daily column for a pay increase. Due to the crime rate, the couple decides to move to a larger house in the safer neighborhood of Boca Raton , where Marley delights in swimming in the backyard pool.
Although she denies she is experiencing postpartum depression , Jenny exhibits all the symptoms, including a growing impatience with Marley and John, who asks Sebastian to care for the dog when Jenny insists they give him away.
She quickly comes to realize he has become an indispensable part of the family and agrees he can stay. Sebastian accepts a job for The New York Times and moves away. Some time later, John and Jenny welcome a daughter, Colleen, into their family.
John celebrates his 40th birthday and later goes skinny dipping with Jenny in their swimming pool. Increasingly disenchanted with his job, he decides to accept a position as a reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer with Jenny's blessing, and the family moves to a farm in rural Pennsylvania.
John soon realizes that he is a better columnist than reporter and pitches the column idea to his editor. Life is idyllic until the aging Marley begins to show signs of arthritis and deafness. An attack of gastric dilatation volvulus almost kills him, but he recovers. When a second attack occurs, it becomes clear surgery will not help him, and Marley is euthanized with John at his side. The family pay their last respects to their beloved pet as they bury him beneath a tree in their front yard.
Because the film covers 14 years in the life of the dog, 22 different yellow labradors played the part of Marley as revealed in the special feature Finding Marley on the DVD.
Dave Barry , Grogan's fellow South Florida humor columnist, makes an uncredited cameo as a guest at the surprise party celebrating Grogan's 40th birthday. The site's critical consensus reads, "Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.
Todd McCarthy of Variety said the film is "as broad and obvious as it could be, but delivers on its own terms thanks to sparky chemistry between its sunny blond stars, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and the unabashed emotion-milking of the final reel.
Fox has a winner here, likely to be irresistible to almost everyone but cats Animated and emotionally accessible, Aniston comes off better here than in most of her feature films, and Wilson spars well with her, even if, in the film's weaker moments, he shows he's on less certain ground with earnest material than he is with straight-faced impertinence.
Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter observed that "seldom does a studio release feature so little drama - and not much comedy either, other than when the dog clowns around. Dog lovers won't care, and that basically is the audience for the film. From Fox's standpoint, it may be enough.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "a cheerful family movie" and added, "Wilson and Aniston demonstrate why they are gifted comic actors. They have a relationship that's not too sitcomish , not too sentimental, mostly smart and realistic",  whilst Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly graded the film A-, calling it "the single most endearing and authentic movie about the human—canine connection in decades.
As directed by David Frankel, though, it's also something more: Steve Persall of the St. Things could get mushier or sillier, but Frankel and screenwriters Scott Frank and Don Roos — who usually handle grittier material — decline to play the easy, crowd-pleasing game.
In my experience, Labs tend to come in two flavors: mellow or crazy. Marley was of the crazy variety. And he was active. And perhaps most noticeably, he was mentally unstable. He was the type of dog most people would have given up on.
Sponsor Become a Patron Grogan, an accomplished and skillful writers, goes on to tell the story of the following thirteen years of his life, showing the centrality of Marley in the lives of the growing family. The story is, on the whole, quite clean, though there is the occasional expletive worked into the text — this is a story that is more appropriate for adults than children.