A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life

Book - 1995
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Once upon a time in Provence, Peter Mayle adopted a dog of uncertain origins and dubious hunting skills and gave him a name--Boy. Now he gives this canny canine a voice in an irresistible "memoir" that proves that the best vantage point for observing life may well be on all fours.

As Boy recounts his progress from an overcrowded maternal bosom to unchallenged mastery of the Mayle household, he tells us why dogs are drawn to humans ("our most convenient support system") and chickens ("that happy combination of sport and nourishment"). We share in his amorous dalliances, his run-ins with French plumbers and cats, and in the tidbits (both conversational and edible) of his owners' dinner parties. Enhanced by fifty-nine splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren, A Dog's Life gives us all the delights we expect from any book by Peter Mayle--pedigree prose, biting wit, and a keen nose for the fragrance of civilization--together with the insouciant wisdom of which only a dog (and probably only Peter Mayle's dog) is capable.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679762676
0679762671
9780679441229
0679441220
Branch Call Number: F May

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Barbara5060 Jun 23, 2012

I found this an amusing read. There were a few sections I had to read to my friends -- his flirtation with a dog too small, the moves to gain forgiveness. Fun, easy read.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Boy, a shaggy canine, give his views on humans and the silly things they do.

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Barbara5060 Jun 25, 2012

I never hurry through the forest for fear of missing something. I prefer to prowl, all senses alert, the master of the wilderness and scourge of small things that squeak. p, 119

I'm not one for pining -- at least, not on an empty stomach.
p. 121

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