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Old 02-27-2007, 03:24 PM
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BOOK DISCUSSION: Marley and Me

Here's where we'll discuss the book Marley and Me. Anyone interested in this book is welcome to join the discussion!
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:53 AM
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If I was just out browsing for a book to read I probably wouldn't have picked up Marly & Me, but I am glad we picked it for the discussion group. I really liked the book and enjoyed the story of the family as much as those of Marly's activities. I listened to the book on CD which was read by the author. Having the author read the story really added another dimension of personality to the story for me.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:11 PM
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I read Marley & Me last week and enjoyed it thoroughly. It brought back memories of a big, black Lab we had years ago, Marya, that got into everything in the house. I can laugh now but it wasn't so funny then when she was destroying so much and walking her was practically jogging.

The author really brought his characters to life. I did feel badly in the end. I thought that Marley was suffering alot at the end of his life. Marya only lived to be seven when we had to put her down when she was found to have a brain tumor. She remained a puppy her whole life despite 2 rounds of obedience school. They didn't have the "dog whisperer" in those days, LOL.

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Old 03-02-2007, 03:46 AM
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Just finished Marley and Me last night.

John Grogan writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer so I have seen his work before. I like this book better than his columns. He is a really wonderful writer and I think the longer forum of a book is a better medium for him. He really has a talent for description--it was so easy to envision the scenes he wrote about.

This book had so many funny parts, I was laughing out loud as I read it. And how could you not help but love that big goofy dog?

BUT I am not a "pet person" and I think that any ideas I may have had about letting my kids have a dog have been totally obliterated, based on this book!!! I would not deal with the destruction. I guess I prefer to enjoy other people's dogs. I'm happy to pet them and pay them plenty of attention if they don't beg or steal my food, and as long as they don't lick my face.

Can you guess that I did NOT grow up with a dog? I probably sound heartless to those of you who did.
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I found this book to be hysterically funny at times but the ending just broke my heart. I knew at the beginning of the book what the ending would be (logical of course) and I had seen the Grogran family on Cesar Milan's show - he was helping them train their "new" dog. His descriptions were so good as Barbszy said, you could see the pictures in your mind. But I also could not have dealt with the destruction. If I dog chewed up my sofa cushions I would cry!!! And I cannot imagine constantly having to re-do woodwork or walls. But through this book I could feel the love this family had for the dog. I think one of the funnies parts I remember is when the dog was older and had started farting. The part where he would wake himself up with a fart and leave the room because he couldn't stand the smell had me laughing so hard. But as he aged, I knew what was coming and I cried my eyes out. As I read the last couple of chapters out in my kitchen, my dks told my dh, "leave mom alone, she is in the kitchen crying over a book" They sort of get it LOL. I felt like I had lost Marley. To me, a book that can evoke that kind of emotion is definitely a good book.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:28 PM
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Marley & Me

This was one of the best books that I have ever read. My son picked it up at the library on accident and I decided to keep it to read it. It was very emotional---everything from laughter to tears. Next time we go to the book store I will be adding this to my permanant collection.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:33 PM
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Marley & Me

What I admired most about the Groggan family was the commitment this family had for their pet. They did not give up they kept working at the training and it paid off.
Labs are nototiously puppies for life. Marley was a very luck dog to have a family that loved him so much.

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Old 03-02-2007, 02:39 PM
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I agree ej2mom, it certainly was emotional. And I also love the family's commitment to their dog. So many dogs end up in shelters due to their families not investing enough time in training them to be good dog citizens and then not wanting to put up with their bad behavior. Marley did so many "naughty" things but yet you couldn't help but love him. I loved the part where he was tied to a table in an outdoor cafe and ran dragging the table and everything with him down the street. The language describing this scene made it so real. As I think back on that book, there are so many scenes that make me smile.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:09 AM
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I have to agree, this was a great book. I too loved how this family never gave up on Marley. It made me laugh, smile, cry, and feel for this family.
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:17 AM
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My mom teaches writing classes at a local college. She is NOT a dog lover by any means but I told her she had to read this book because of how well it is written. She finished it the other day and absolutely loved it. When someone who can't stand animals is practically in tears over the death of a dog in a book, you know the author did a good job!
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