A Dog's Life

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The bestsellling author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis now surveys his territory from a differnt vantage point: the all-fours perspective of his dog, Boy—"a dog whose personality is made up of equal parts Boswell and Dr. Johnson, Mencken and A. A. Milne" (Chicago Sun-Times). Enhanced by 59 splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren.

Peter Mayle's newest book centers around the exploits of the author's beloved dog, Boy, who made his starring debut in A ...

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Overview

The bestsellling author of A Year in Provence and Hotel Pastis now surveys his territory from a differnt vantage point: the all-fours perspective of his dog, Boy—"a dog whose personality is made up of equal parts Boswell and Dr. Johnson, Mencken and A. A. Milne" (Chicago Sun-Times). Enhanced by 59 splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mayle's novel purports to be a confessional autobiography-of the author's dog, Boy. (June)
Library Journal
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: 9780679762676
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 179,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (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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