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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679762671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679762676
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Mayle's novel purports to be a confessional autobiography-of the author's dog, Boy.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From 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 Provencal 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"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very well written and very funny.
Kathy B.
I have read this book many times since 1994 and it always makes me laugh!
Kathy Long
This book is one of the funniest I've ever read.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Denise Bentley on March 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Written from a dog's point of view, "BOY" tells us of his trials and tribulations as he reminisces about his life. Born to a litter of 13 pups, feeding was not always easy; sometimes the closest he got to mother's milk was sucking on his brother's ear. The management team, as he so fondly calls his owners, changes after BOY fails at hunting, not realizing he is supposed to point at the bunny in the bush not pounce on it to play. We are privy to his courting of a female half his height, which was doomed from the start, along with his love of chickens and the utilities man, the fun never ends.
The scenarios are endless and each one more entertaining than the last. The book on tape is read by Simon Jones whose British accent enhances every sentence. A light, quick read that will lift your spirits and make you smile. Kelsana 3/30/01
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ProsaicParadise on August 3, 2001
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When I picked this book up because, hey, I like dogs, and I had also heard from my parents that Peter Mayle was a very entertaining author, I thought that it might be something to just use as a diversion, like one would a magazine. I was very impressed! In fact, contrary to the thoughts of another reviewer on here, I think this is my favorite book by Mayle. Perhaps it is because I'm a dog person that I like it so much, but I really felt that this book was touching and funny and everything I would want in a light read. I haven't been as able to get into Mayle's other works, but I was immediately immersed in this one.
On less subjective notes, Mayle's use of language is excellent and the structure of the book is very pleasing, particularly to those of us who don't mind a little anthropomorphic bits in our lives here and there. Don't fool yourself, if you are thinking this will take any extra time to read, in fact, the book just whizzes by so fast, I was certainly left wanting more when I finished. Also, if you're depressed, this book will make you smile when you don't even think you could.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1998
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I really can't recall ever having read something that elicited as much laughter as "A Dog's Life"! Peter Mayle is a truely gifted story-teller with a wickedly well-honed wit and sense of humour. The way he writes it, you would have thought a real dog was behind the book! Another reminder to all and sundry once again of the joys that dogs (and puppies) can bring to our otherwise (despondent) lives....or is it, as Boy puts it, all a conspiracy anyhow, seeing as to how we humans excellently serve as "convenient support systems"? Highly recommended for everyone, dog-lovers or otherwise!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayes on January 21, 2000
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I was given this book by a good friend who said she had tried, but simply could not get into it. Having nothing else to read I figured `why not', and after three pages could not figure out what it was that she wasn't enjoying. After a while I realized what it must be - that I am a dog owner and my friend was not. Therefore, I would not be surprised to find out that some of my fellow, not so impressed reviewers, were, like my friend, not dog owners too. This is a fun, easy, must read for every dog owner that will have you laughing not only at the prose, but also at your own ridiculous pet. Read it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Xiaoli Sheng on February 19, 2004
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A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle is a hilarious canine confessional giving us a glimpse from the view on all fours. "Boy" (a stray who was adopted by the author in Provence) has a clearly defined, condescendingly sophisticated French voice that throughout the book provides us with witty, entertaining commentary on human actions and human nature...from the point of view of man's best friend. His caustic, biting wit is evident from the very beginning of the book: "My story is based on actual events. However, following the current autobiographical custom adopted by politicians in their memoirs, I have adjusted the truth wherever it might reflect unfavorably on myself (Author's Note)."
Facetious and urbane, Boy recounts his numerous adventures: his humble beginnings at the "limited outlets of the maternal bosom", "mano a mano" wrangles with the cat in the garage, run-ins with French plumbers and dilettante painters, "ordeal by chicken", and finally becoming a full-fledged member of the Mayle household. We also hear his acute observations on the foibles and idiosyncrasies of everyday living with his biped "masters", as well as what he has to say about babies, cats, hygiene, poodles, crime and punishment, and "vets who insist on taking one's temperature the old fashioned way."
The humorous, quirky drawings by Edward Koren are an added bonus and really capture as well as enhance the story's flavor.
While A Dog's Life is definitely an enjoyable read, it is not to be mistaken for one of those sweet, feel-good stories with a happy ending that pulls on the reader's heartstrings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1997
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This book was a light read which made my day. Peter Mayle brings his dog's personality to life with hilariously dry remarks about cats, cat lovers, inhumane humans and the things that dogs love. The descriptions of odd people behavior, food and the "cute" neighbor dog made me look at my dog in a whole new light! A great gift for any dog lover because it affirms what pet owners think: I'm being suckered by this animal. In the end it gets to the heart of why people have dogs; for companionship, friendship and love
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