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Once again Peter Mayle takes us to glorious Provence, this time yielding center stage to his beloved dog, Boy, a perspicacious and shaggy canine of unknown origins who recounts his event-filled life in this unique and rollicking memoir. From his humble beginnings fighting siblings for liquid sustenance, until the day he establishes undisputed control of the Mayle household, Boy describes his village life as a bachelor, his contempt for hunters, his love for chickens, his amorous interludes, his run-ins with ...
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Once again Peter Mayle takes us to glorious Provence, this time yielding center stage to his beloved dog, Boy, a perspicacious and shaggy canine of unknown origins who recounts his event-filled life in this unique and rollicking memoir. From his humble beginnings fighting siblings for liquid sustenance, until the day he establishes undisputed control of the Mayle household, Boy describes his village life as a bachelor, his contempt for hunters, his love for chickens, his amorous interludes, his run-ins with plumbers and other human annoyances, his athletic diversions, his dinner-party tidbits, and other joyous and trying adventures in the French countryside. Boy's understanding of human foibles, his stylistic insouciance, and Edward Koren's superlative drawings make for a wonderful visit to Mayle country.

Peter Mayle's newest book centers around the exploits of the author's beloved dog, Boy, who made his starring debut in A Year in Provence. A terrific reading experience and a perfect gift, A Dog's Life is illustrated throughout with 60 original drawings by popular New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren. Animals

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mayle's novel purports to be a confessional autobiography-of the author's dog, Boy. (June)
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Both canine "memoir" and cautionary tale, this sprightly account of the further adventures of Boy, Mayle's real-life dog introduced in Toujours Provence, is a gem of its kind. As animated by Mayle, Boy is a clever chap given to literary allusions, urbane observations and stinging bon mots. With many an arch and insightful comment, Boy celebrates his life after he escapes from his first owner, a brutish farmer, and is adopted by a kindly woman (thereafter called madame) and her "other half," a rather dim-witted soul who is of course Mayle himself. Boy's encounters with wrathful butchers and irate owners of dogs in heat and of treed cats are the high points of this picaresque tale, balanced by his admonitions on how to acquire social polish and communicate effectively with insensitive humans. From his spot under the dining-room table, Boy receives "a wide ranging, eclectic education," learning chiefly that "the management," as he calls his owners, are incorrigible and bibulous party givers. Boy himself proves incorrigible too: in hilarious scenes, he explains how he overestimates human intelligence time and again. While most of the episodes have the ring of truth, those toward the end of this slim volume veer toward farce and bear the marks of having been thought up to pad out the pages. Yet this is a delightful read, augmented by Koren's suitably droll illustrations, and the closing sentence is worthy of inclusion in any quiz about famous last lines.
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Woof! Woof! After so many books by our two-legged "best friends" that try to decipher our "secret lives", it's so nice to have someone of our kind tell it like it really is. A dog's life can be very a good one indeed, especially if you are as lucky as the hero of our story to find an aimable human companion like Mayle, author of A Year in Provence (LJ 4/1/90), and Hotel Pastis (LJ 9/1/93). In this charming, if at times too cutsey, memoir, Boy, a shaggy but highly intelligent canine of mysterious lineage (we never use the politically incorrect "mutt"), recounts his humble beginnings with his 12 siblings, his abandonment by his mother and later by his unpleasant owner, and his wanderings through the Provenal countryside until he is adopted by the Mayles (an event also recounted in Toujours Provence, LJ 51/1/91). Judging from Edward Koren's drawings, what Boy lacks in devasting good looks is made up by his plucky personality. Canine lovers as well as francophiles and fans of Mayle's books will enjoy this. I give it three paws.-Wilda "Coco Chanel" Williams, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679441229
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/14/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business, first as a copywriter and then as a reluctant executive, before escaping Madison Avenue in 1975 to write educational books for children.  In 1990, Mr. Mayle published A Year in Provence, which became an international bestseller.  He is also the author of Toujours Provence, Hotel Pastis, Encore Provence, Anything Considered and Chasing Cezanne.  In addition to writing books which have been translated into more than twenty languages, Mayle has contributed to the Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent, GQ and Esquire.  He and his wife and two dogs live in the South of France.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Every sentence of this book will make you smile, if not chuckle.

    Every sentence of this book will make you smile, if not chuckle. What a pleasure--a truly delightful book!!! I read a copy from my local library; now I am buying my own copy, plus one for my parents. If you love dogs and humor, get this book----you will NOT regret it!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Amusing, Witty, Lovable

    One of my favorite books! If you have or ever had a dog you love, you'll see him in this book. 'Boy', the main character is witty, a little fresh, and quite lovable. I only wish Peter Mayle would let Boy speak again in another book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Terrific and touching and so real

    This book is a bit dated now in some ways, France and the world have moved on, but everything about the dog is timeless. Mayle is a wonderful observer and a great translator of canine behavior.
    If you love dogs, and intelligent and sympathetic writing about a dog who is all dog and not a substitute human or child you should thoroughly enjoy this book and have a lot of laughs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    AARRGGHH! The kit got adopted into the lightning clan! I think we should attack it with all our warriors. Go to warrior res. 1 and there is a sign up there for the lightning clan. It will tell you how to go there.

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