A Dog's Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 3, 2013 - Travel - 208 pages
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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.


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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

This is a fun, well written book. The "author" offers insights into why a dog behaves as it does that are both amusing and profound. He also presents a point of view on the behaviors of people that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

5214. A Dog's Life, by Peter Mayle (read 5 Nov 2014) This is a 1995 book by a dog, Boy, who is born with a dozen siblings in the litter. No one chooses him from the litter so the owner dumps him in a ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
27
Section 4
49
Section 5
59
Section 6
60
Section 7
81
Section 8
89
Section 11
111
Section 12
113
Section 13
125
Section 14
151
Section 15
163
Section 16
173
Section 17
182
Section 18
185

Section 9
90
Section 10
91

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About the author (2013)

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels. A recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.

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