The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

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McClelland & Stewart, Oct 12, 2010 - Dogs - 288 pages
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In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf. He had an instinct for the twentieth century. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. This is his story.
Maf (short for Mafia) the dog was with Marilyn Monroe for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, Maf was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art -- witnessing the rise of America's new liberalism, civil rights, the space race -- and he was Marilyn's constant companion.
Set in the the early 1960s, this joyful literary comedy, full of wit and pathos, features the celebrities and literati of the day, in New York and Hollywood. It is a fascinating fictional take on one of the most extraordinary periods of the twentieth century. The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe transports us back to a moment when the worlds of politics, film, and art collided, and the decade that came to be known as "the Sixties" was born.

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User Review  - zibilee - LibraryThing

Even from his humble beginnings in an English farmhouse, Maf is a very special dog. Able to cogitate for hours on the strange proclivities of the humans surrounding him, Maf becomes the companion of ... Read full review

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User Review  - mojomomma - LibraryThing

Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog as a Christmas gift and this book is "Mafia Honey's" tale of his two years with Marilyn. It is just as weird as it sounds. Maf turns out to be much more astute ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

ANDREW O'HAGAN is the author of three previous novels: Our Fathers, a finalist for the Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Whitbread Award; Personality; and Be Near Me, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also the editor of A Night Out with Robbie Burns. In 2003, O'Hagan was named one of "Granta's" Best Young British Novelists. Born in Glasgow, O'Hagan currently lives in London, England.

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