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Marley & Me by John Grogan
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Sep 10, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, tab-a-in-slot-b, biography-us-american
Read from September 10 to 13, 2010

Once upon a time there was a dog. The dog was a bit naughty, but nothing that would cause people to demand the dog be put down, as people are occasionally wont to do. The dog was loved by his family, and then one day, as life goes, he died. The dog's owner wrote about it, and also a little about his sex life.

I had two problems with this book.

1) It was like many other animal books out there. The plot typically follows as such:

Animal comes into human's life in a relatively unremarkable way.

Human and animal have a rough time getting to know one another- perhaps the animal is rambunctious, and/or perhaps human has to readjust his/her life to the animal and said animal's needs.

Human and animal grow to love one another.

Touching moment(s).

Animal dies, human mourns.

Human writes book about animal in hopes of spreading love, and mostly to gain money.

2) The book was boring, due to (1). You could read any number of books, and it will follow this theme.

In short, you could read Marley & Me, or read any other book. It won't matter. You will get the same warm, fuzzy feeling as if you had read this book.

You will, however, also gain knowledge of Grogan's sex life while reading this book. How embarrassing for his kids.
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