My Dog Tulip (MTI)

My Dog Tulip (MTI)

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by J.R. Ackerley, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
     
 

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The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardlythought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middleage, he came into possession of a German shepherd. Tohis surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the“ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a

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Now a Major Motion Picture

The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardlythought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middleage, he came into possession of a German shepherd. Tohis surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the“ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for years. My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of theirsixteen-year companionship, as well as a profound andsubtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heartof all relationships. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, Ackerley tells of Tulip’s often erratic behavior and very canine tastes, and of his own fumbling but determinedefforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness.

My Dog Tulip has been adapted to screen as a major animated feature film with a cast that includes the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini. It has been heralded as "A stroke of genius" by New York Magazine and "The love story of the year" by Vanity Fair.

Editorial Reviews

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"My Dog Tulip is the sublime and amusing tale of a cranky English intellectual who finds his 'ideal friend' in the form of an Alsatian bitch." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"I remain an amused admirer of My Dog Tulip, partly because J. R. Ackerley tried to deliver the thoroughly physical world that dogs inhabit. It’s anthropomorphism in reverse, albeit with a human (and very British) narrator.” Gail Caldwell, The New York Times Book Review

“One of the bona-fide dog-lit classics.” —The New Yorker

"This is one of the greatest masterpieces of animal literature." —Christopher Isherwood

"Out of print for years, Tulip, is now back to amaze, amuse, and somewhat dismay those lucky enough to receive her." —Boston Globe

"[Ackerley] aimed to shock, and his success was heightened by the soapbubble sparkle and lightness of his prose." —The New Criterion
 

"In its own quirky fashion, Ackerley’s wry valentine to his beloved pet is as much a book about the difficult art of living and loving as it is a dog story." —Publishers Weekly
 

"I love this book because it shows respect and profound understanding of the animal on its own terms." —Armistead Maupin

"This is the funniest, most poignant, and consider yourself warned preeminently disgusting of all the great dog books. First published in 1965, it portrays in the most affectionate terms what the dogless tend to consider outrageous transgressions." —Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe
 

"To dog lovers, by the way, I recommend My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley—by far the best “animal book” I’ve ever read." —Julia Glass

"One of the greatest books ever written by anybody in the world." —Truman Capote

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590174142
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Edition description:
Movie Tie-in
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
301,923
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

J. R. ACKERLEY (1896–1967) was for many years the literary editor of the BBC magazine The Listener. His works include three memoirs, Hindoo Holiday, My Dog Tulip, and My Father and Myself, and a novel, We Think The World of You (all available as New York Review Books).

ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS is the author of The Hidden Life of Dogs.

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My Dog Tulip 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Awesome true account of one man's devotion to a very spectial German Shepherd named Tulip. The book was really funny and very entertaining, however, I wished for a few more antics. I was absolutely appalled by the author's reaction to the new puppies, especially as he bred Tulip on purpose! Tulip's attitude and sass remind me of my own departed and darling German Shepherd and I laughed out loud many times during this touching book. Tulip's fierce protectiveness and subtle neroses were very familiar to me. The author's attiude toward humans who did not approve of Tulip made me cheer with joy; of course his German Shepherd's comfort and happiness comes above all things else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a love affair between a man and someone he never thought he could love - a dog with the same sort of eccentricities we all have, some good and some not so, but with a soul and a will humans would do well to emulate. You don't have to be a dog lover to love this book; you only have to love beautiful prose and be willing to accept dogs as worthy subjects of a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really funny. The guy who wrote it is very obvious about his noble status in life, which makes it all the funnier. It took me a litle while to get into just because the style in which it is written is a little different from the books I usually read. A great book though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh and tugged on my sentiments. Especially tuned to the German Shepherd lover, it also is a good read for any dog lover. Reading this account made me very happy that my dog is spayed, though!
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