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By The Wag Of A Tale

A lesser writer would have succumbed to tear-jerking, but Grogan holds the humour and tells the story simply.

By The Wag Of A Tale
By The Wag Of A Tale
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Whoever thought dog drool, trashed houseplants and assorted canine alimentary misadventures would sell? When publishers William Morrow released John Grogan’s Marley & Me late last year, they reckoned a print run of 50,000 would do for a book about a loveable but utterly rambunctious Labrador retriever. Clearly they underestimated the number of people who would be entertained by the antics of a loving but incorrigible tail chaser, food thief, table sweeper and indiscriminate swallower of toy soldiers, rubber bands, speaker cones, pregnancy test kits and gold chains.

Marley & Me has already crossed sales of a million, which is enormous for hardback nonfiction. Read this book to see why. As the Grogan family lurches from one canine catastrophe to another, you’ll find yourself struggling not to fall in love with a creature who demonstrates his thoughtfulness by throwing up only in one place--the Grogan’s Persian rug--yet equally, gives them understanding, comfort and entertainment that’s incomparable.

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