If you are a bibliophile and cynophile, then you are in for a double treat. This beautiful book is a true story which chronicles the life of the titular character Marley, with his family. John and Jenny, a newly married couple, decide to adopt a dog to gauge their parenting skills before they plan for a baby. Little did they realize that their life would never be the same again.
Enter Marley, the cute little Labrador Retriever who turns their life upside down with his antics. From swallowing Jenny’s gold chain to chewing up everything to being kicked out of obedience school, this dog has done it all. Though the title of the book says, ‘World’s worst dog’ and he did live up to it, he proved that he had a heart of gold when Jenny suffers a miscarriage and he just lays his head on her lap and allows her to weep. The usually out of control Marley actually had it in him to understand her grief.
If you want a nice warm fuzzy feeling along with your cup of tea, then this book is perfect to evoke those emotions. I am sure all dog lovers out there would relate with it. It also beautifully portrays how a dog easily blends into our family and becomes one of us. They have a far better understanding of us than we have of ourselves and truly love us for who we are and not what we are. I am sure if we all follow this simple rule what dogs follow, this world would be a much better place.
I actually became nostalgic writing this review as I started thinking about my dog who would happily be chasing chameleons in heaven now. So all dog lovers out there, even if you don’t read books much, do give this a try. I am sure it will be worth your time. Be ready to shed a few tears as well!
My rating: 4/5
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Author: John Grogan