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Marley & Me (2005)

by John Grogan

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Get that tissue box ready, this book is AWESOME! Nothing compare to the movie, the feeling you get from this book is unique. If you are a dog lover, this will make you feel love, sadness, gratitude, profoundness and fear. ( )
  AnaCaro | Aug 9, 2015 |
A young married couple acquire a new pet, Marley, an adorable labrador pup who turns their world upside down. Ultimately they realize that "the world's worst dog" truly brings out the beset in them.
  SABC | Dec 4, 2014 |
John Grogan's hit book Marley & Me will surely keep you entertained. Newlyweds John and Jenny decided to get a puppy, a beautiful yellow lab they named Marley. Marley was a typical puppy-cute, cuddly, and mischievous. As Marley grew he never reallyhis puppy qualities and he continued to crash threw screen doors, jump out of moving cars, and eat gold necklaces (and yes it was eventually retrieved!). Marley will surely keep you laughing!
  EmKel753 | Dec 2, 2014 |
You walk through the door, all you can hear is a loud thud every second coming from the farthest room in the house, getting closer. Then suddenly a large yellow lab comes racing around the corner and crashes right into you. Tail slapping you in the legs as hard as someone swinging a rope at you. He swings his tail happy to see you, hitting everything in the room. Knocking over lamps expensive china and picture frames. In the non-fiction novel "Marley and Me" written by John Grogan, this is what it is like everyday walking into the Grogan family home.
Marley is a great loving and caring family dog that is playful, silly and protective of his friends and family. John Grogan is a father of three children and married to Jenny. He is a serious yet fun loving guy that enjoys being around his family and is not afraid to say what he is thinking. Jenny is a happy, friendly and hardworking mom that is laid back but at times can be worry full. Patrick is the oldest child of three and is always the leader. He loves playing with Marley and getting into mischief, while always setting a good example for his younger siblings. Conor is the middle child that likes to spend time with his older brother and is always positive and happy to spend time with Marley. Colleen is the youngest and the only daughter in the family, she ids always young in the book and always hoping for the best while she loves to be part of the family and loves Marley very much. The setting starts off in South Florida where the Grogan's live right near the beach and enjoy their free live without any children. They enjoy time on the beach with Marley and later their one child. They soon moved to a different house in Florida when they found out they were having a second child. The house was soon too small when they were about to have their child and they wanted their children to witness snow on Christmas. They move to Pennsylvania and enjoy the cool weather and later years of Marley's life.
The story starts off When Jenny and John are just over a year of marriage. Jenny is upset because she can't keep plants alive and thinks if she can't keep a plant alive then how is she going to be able to take care of children someday. They decide to get a puppy to help them prepare for parenthood someday. When Marley is full grown they decide to have a child and name him Patrick. They later have a second child Conor and are happy with their family. For a few years it was just the five of them including Marley. John and Jenny soon decide to have a third child, which is a girl named Colleen. They later move to Pennsylvania where they enjoy their lives. The main conflict is life with Marley with all the trouble he gets into.
The book is good for animal lovers and young adult readers that love family stories. My opinion of the book is that a family dog is always great to have around and makes most things a lot easier. For example, "A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours." The quote shows that a dog can make a big difference in your life and teach you some of lives most valuable lessons. The author builds tension by Marley getting sick multiple times and then being healthy again. ( )
  Tato14 | Oct 13, 2014 |
This is not the best book in the world, but it lasts enough to touch your heart and it’s short enough so that you can read it in the bus without getting too lost in the story. It’s about a journalist named John Grogan who has just married a woman who works in the same area. Amidst the happiness and romance of the newlyweds, they decide to get a puppy as an “experience” to see if they were going to succeed as parents. The problem? Marley, the family’s new acquisition, is hyperactive, excessively happy and extremely messy, turning the couple's life upside down. Still, in spite of all the weird and sometimes irritating habits, Marley is a puppy that does not seem to know the meaning of the word "sadness" and gains a special place in John's and Jenny's hearts.

What people may NOT like about the book: well, the story DOES need a background, doesn't it? Moreover, the main character is just a regular person, who has a regular life, a regular routine, works, has a wife. The majority of his narration (when he's not talking about Marley's pranks) revolve his own daily life, which may turn the story repetitive and somewhat boring. Personally, I don't think that this affected the story's pace. In fact, I think that the fact that John was able to lead some sort of a normal life is what turned the book into a light, pleasant and fun reading.

In other words, you won't find action and suspense in this book, nor a philosophical essay. And yes, there must be better books about daily life with dogs than this one. But frankly, I do not regret having spend a couple of hours reading this one. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
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In memory of my father, Richard Frank Grogan, whose gentle spirit infuses every page of this book
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In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved in to my persistent pleas and took me to get my own dog.
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...the expression on his face gave him away. It almost screamed out, Good God, man! For the sake of future generations, we must contain this genetic mistake at all costs!
I had quickly reverted to my premarriage (read: slovenly) lifestyle. By the power vested in me as the only adult in the house, I suspended the Married Couple Domesticity Act and proclaimed the once banished Bachelor Rules to be the law of the land. While Jenny was in the hospital, shirts would be worn twice, even three times, barring obvious mustard stains, between washes; milk could be drunk directly from the carton, and toilet seats would remain in the upright position unless being sat on.
As with so many of his misdeeds, this one was not malicious or pre-meditated. It wasn’t as though he had disobeyed a command or set out to intentionally humiliate me. He simply had to go and he went. True, at the wrong place and the wrong time and in front of all the wrong people. I knew he was a victim of his own diminished mental capacity. … The dog was defective. How could I hold that against him?
Marley was a funny, bigger-than-life pain in the ass who never quite got the hang of the whole chain-of-command thing. Honestly, he might well have been the world’s worst-behaved dog. Yet he intuitively grasped from the start what it meant to be man’s best friend.
Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things – a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in the shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.
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John and Jenny 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 - and their life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound steamroller of a Labrador Retriever who crashed through screen doors, drooled on guests, stole women's undergarments, devoured couches and fine jewelry, and was expelled from obedience school. Yet Marley's heart was pure, and he remained a steadfast model of love and devotion for a growing family through pregnancy, birth, heartbreak, and joy, right to the inevitable goodbye.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060817089, Hardcover)

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the
wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life

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.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use these."

And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple's joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:44 -0400)

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The story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.--From publisher description.… (more)

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