My Dog Tulip

My Dog Tulip

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by J.R. Ackerley
     
 

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The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd. To his 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

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The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd. To his 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 their sixteen-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of 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 determined efforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness.

Paul and Sandra Fierlinger’s animated feature film of My Dog Tulip, starring Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, was released in 2010.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590175279
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
141,401
File size:
218 KB

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 HolidayMy 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’s most recent books are The Hidden Life of DogsCertain Poor Shepherds, and The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture.

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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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