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Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love Paperback – November 2, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The latest addition to actress MacLaine's New Age/autobiography oeuvre (Going Within; My Lucky Stars, etc.) is an excellent example of what can happen when a book exists because of its author's fame instead of her dedication to the craft of writing. Wandering, incoherent and self-congratulatory, MacLaine's 10th book will not earn her new fans. The book alternates between MacLaine's own voice and that of her dog, Terry, with whom the author communicates in "humanimal," which, she says, is a "purer, more direct form of language" than English. Her devotion to Terry is somewhat unnerving; she calls the pet her "heart" and her "new daughter"; later she explains "I know Terry senses my thoughts" and avers that Terry is "holy." MacLaine uses Terry's 'voice' to point out what a good actress "Mistress Mother" is, to reveal their past lives together in ancient Egypt, and to articulate the opinions that "we never die" and that "nothing is evil." In her own voice, MacLaine shares more of her belief system-an apparent combination of Nostradamus' predictions, Hopi and Mayan prophecies, Edgar Cayce's channelings, Egyptian mythology and the Bible. Along the way, we get brief glimpses of MacLaine's life that might have proved interesting if they had been developed (e.g., "I missed a lot in my daughter's life but I did it to avoid imposing on her"), as well as her disconnected musings on nature, the Iraqi war ("I see signs that we are on the cusp of a new and devastating reality"), and dog and human sex. MacLaine's books have consistently sold well; no doubt those readers who enjoyed her previous volumes will find Terry's musings on life fascinating as well.
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"Engaging...from the first chapter...to the last."
Top Customer Reviews
You know some people are so darn literal, right? In truth, there are wonderful insights and wisdoms throughout the book. If you don't like animals, or if you think a dog is a dog is a dog, then you probably won't relate that well to the book, unless you recognize truth when you see it. This experience Shirley is having with a canine is rare. Her dog, Terry. is not your father's four-legged pal or your mother's cutsy, cuddly snookums. It's not about 90% of what most of us have experienced with a family dog or an adorable, sweet, or smart dog or cat that we loved and remember fondly. No, this is that rare 10% of animals that come into one's life that transcend the ordinary pooch or pussy. You have to experience it to understand it.
Shirley is NOT ga-ga in her dotage over a pet! She has been gifted with one of these transcendent animals and she is right: they do speak to their humans in many ways, and they love you like no man or woman has ever loved you (unless you're very, very lucky) before. I'm not talking about devotion. That's ordinary, expected. I'm talking about the real thing: unconditional love. We use that expression too much these days and most of us are lying about it. Frankly, we don't know what we're talking about.Read more ›
I have always respected and liked Miss Maclaine, but there is a new "grace" about her life right now. She says she has found joy and peace because of her relationship with this smart and funny little dog. Who I am to argue?
Some people may shrug it all off as "eccentric fluff" and I have a feeling that would probably tickle her, but I know the "animal lovers" will get it and the spiritual readers will find some interesting wisdom to ponder.
This book and its photos share "down to earth" glimpses of a unique woman. You might not agree with her spiritual standpoint, but you can't ignore the love she feels for her home,her life and for Terry.
Out on a Leash takes us into the reality of animal companionship and love. I my self have seen the soul that "fur people" can bring forth in people's lives. Shirley talks about this very topic and introduces us to her little dog Terry-and Terry talks to us to!.
This is an all-around great book about Love, Light, Pets and Shirley MacLaine! A worthy read for animal lovers and Shirley Fans alike.
Atria, Oct 2003, $23.95, 199 pp.
When this reviewer first read the topic of unconditional love between a human and a canine, I had two thoughts: First what a bonehead topic that I refuse to gnaw on it. Second, a few days later I was thinking of something my husband jokingly said that my significant other was my now deceased dog Max. Shirley MacLaine points out that she has found may different types of love with her children, her friends, her spouse, her work, and even politics. However, perhaps the most perfect love she has discovered is that which she shares with her four legged pal Terry. Outside of chow, Terry asks little in return as she offers endless love with no demanding return on emotional investment.
Ms. MacLaine insists that she and Terry once lived in ancient Egypt and now they are together again with Terry serving as her spiritual guide through the potential end days because endless love is what it is all about. Thus at times over the edge, canine lovers will appreciate this interesting soul baring account on what is love told from two perspectives, that of the author and by Terry. Clearly written for the canine crowd (owners not pets) this is an interesting take on relationships. Though Terry's account of his beloved's lifestyle is obviously a mirror of Ms. MacLaine's biological looking glass, those who comprehend how a canine can be a significant other will appreciate this deep look into what ultimately is a truth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very sweet and funny book! I love the way the book goes back and forth between MacLaine and Terry (her dog). Read morePublished 3 months ago by OnlineBuyer1980
Shirley always writes wonderfully I have bought almost all of her books!!!!!Published 5 months ago by POL
If you like to examine Shirley's relations to her pets, this one is great. Not one of the most deeply spiritual ones, though.Published 19 months ago by MicheBel