Monday, May 18, 2009
For the orbisterrarum challenge my next stop would be the USA . I happened to read the book Marley and Me a few days back and boy did I love it!!It is a truly heart warming narration of the joys and emotions that a dog brings to you .
Marley and Me by John Grogan will have you smiling at some points , amused at other times and will make you weep like a baby towards the end. This was one book that I just could not put down once I started reading it. Though I haven't owned a dog , I could relate to the book so well that I felt that the labrador in the book was mine.
This book is about a labrador retriever, Marley that is always getting into trouble. The owners John and Jane find it difficult to control his antics and decide to send him to obedience school. But Marley being the true brat , was promptly thrown out. Apart from this the master finds out that Marley is terrified of rains,storms and creates a wreck when he has to encounter them. Inspite of all this shortcomings Marley served as a pillar of support to the family. He was the comforting factor in Jane's life when she had a miscarriage. He connected well with the Grogon kids and kept an eye on them . He was very much a part of the Grogon family that they could not imagine life without him.
The book in many places describes the emotions and unconditional love that a dog gives you. The author feels that all a dog expects from you is a liitle bit of love and in return he gives you his complete love, gratitude and loyalty. ..something that is difficult to find amongst the humans.
A dog makes you realise the true meaning of love and compassion . Until the dog is gone you fail to realise the void it creates in your life.
I have had many friends who refused to own a second dog because parting with the first was immensely painful. You feel as if your family is incomplete once they die. The sad part is a dog's life never exceeds 14 years and there is a sure possibility that you would have to live through their death. This concept is described very well in this book .
This is one book that I thororoughly enjoyed reading ...it totally overwhelmed me . A book that is sure to touch any dog lover's heart . A book that would make you yearn to own a dog :)