A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life

by Peter Mayle

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Once upon a time in Provence, Peter Mayle adopted a dog of uncertain origins and dubious hunting skills and gave him a name—Boy. Now he gives this canny canine a voice in an irresistible “memoir” that proves that the best vantage point for observing life may well be on all fours.

As Boy recounts his progress from an overcrowded maternal bosom to unchallenged mastery of the Mayle household, he tells us why dogs are drawn to humans (“our most convenient support system”) and chickens (“that happy combination of sport and nourishment”). We share in his amorous dalliances, his run-ins with French plumbers and cats, and in the tidbits (both conversational and edible) of his owners’ dinner parties. Enhanced by fifty-nine splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren, A Dog’s Life gives us all the delights we expect from any book by Peter Mayle—pedigree prose, biting wit, and a keen nose for the fragrance of civilization—together with the insouciant wisdom of which only a dog (and probably only Peter Mayle’s dog) is capable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307791924
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 11,197
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the beloved bestseller A Year in Provence. A recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.

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Dog's Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
dogcrazy More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
puppycare More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
koeniel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Apparently there's a special genre of book out there that specialises in giving voice to dogs. The number is quite large too. This is the third of such book that I read. There's one trend that can be seen - the books are usually funny, witty and a bit satirical. How else can you be, when trying to view human and their quirks through the eyes of man's best friends? Boy experienced a very hard life as a puppy. He had to compete with many of his siblings for mum's milk. Then with mum suddenly unexplainably disappeared, he had to face fighting for unappetising food and worse, the boots of the brutish owner. Then in the biggest adventure of his life he had to live off the gargabe bins, alone, outside a village. That is until he met 'the management', i.e. the madame and the other half, an English couple living in Provence who are truly a good example of human, which in Boy's definition is the 'most convenient support system'. In their household Boy thrives. As long as he conforms to the human's standard of hygiene - meaning staying away from the delectable smell of rotten dead animals and the like, and once in a while enduring the humiliating bath - he has the runs of the management's house. There, in the kitchen and under the tables Boy grew up and learns a lot of wisdoms about human quirks, which he happily share in this funny, witty and unforgettable memoir.
marywhisner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amusing commentary on the author's life in France, told from the perspective of his dog.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of a stray dog that is adopted. The story is told by the dog. Cute.
justine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a dog's eye view of provence
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Buttered-Toast More than 1 year ago
I5 Bones for this classic canine story  have been a fan of Peter Mayle for a while. A Dog’s Life is different from his usual writing style but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This story is told from the dog’s point of view. It seems like a very accurate accounting of what I think dog’s reactions may be. But then I tend to give my dogs more credit regarding their thought processes and adding human emotion. “Boy” was a pup with an unhappy childhood. He was chained outside with barely any shelter and had a cruel owner. When he was taken hunting he proved to inefficient at that task as he was afraid of gunfire. I was becoming truly sad when I read how he was abandoned. The cruel owner took him for a car ride, pulled the dog from the car and hurled a piece of meat into the weeds. The dog took off for the meat and the owner drove off, abandoning the poor dog to fend for himself. The dog roamed the countryside, eating scraps when he could find anything and eventually went into a city to beg for food and company. Each time he followed someone it seemed they may take him in but he was always shooed away in the end. Finally, on one of his trips roaming the roadside, a kind lady stopped the car and offered him a ride. This is the beginning of Boy’s good fortune. The kind lady and her husband are none other than Peter Mayle and his wife. They dubbed the dog Boy and took him in. What a wonderful life Boy had living in the Provence countryside, wandering from the kitchen to the local woods and then writing his memoirs. Boy provides us with his observations of his new owners (he calls them management), thoughts on hygiene habits of various nationalities who visit the French cottage, cats, meals and wine. The drawings in the book were done by Edward Koren and are perfect for all the stories. I liked this book very much and it’s a very quick read. It’s humorous, it’s set in Provence France and offers a good storyline – what’s not to like. 5 Bones for this classic canine story. Let’s share a white Bordeaux in honor of Boy’s fine accommodations in the Provence countryside. It’s always nice to read a happy ending.
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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.