My Dog Tulip
Now a Major Motion PictureThe distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardlythought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middleage, he came into possession of a German shepherd. Tohis surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the“ideal friend” he had been searching for... show more
Now a Major Motion PictureThe distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardlythought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middleage, he came into possession of a German shepherd. Tohis 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 theirsixteen-year companionship, as well as a profound andsubtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heartof 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 determinedefforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness.My Dog Tulip has been adapted to screen as a major animated feature film with a cast that includes the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini. It has been heralded as "A stroke of genius" by New York Magazine and "The love story of the year" by Vanity Fair.
Publish date: August 24th 2010
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 190
Edition language: English
Man receives dog. Dog behaves badly. Man loves dog.This is a gem of a novel. I'm not really a dog person and Tulip embodies many of the reasons why I'll never own one again. However, as novels are meant to open you to experiences you'd never seek in real life, Ackerley made me fall in love with a do...
Ack! Ick. More gross than endearing, Ackerly seems unduly focussed on his dog's genitalia, breeding behaviour, and elimination. If I wanted more dog shit in my life, I'd adopt another puppy. I was surprised, as many of the reviews of this called it "charming" and I didn't find any charming bits, jus...
I have an eighteen-month-old sable border collie mix named Yiya, who is the apple of my eye and more dear to me than I ever could have imagined. I mean, how could you not love her? I hold ridiculous and completely irrational beliefs about her: that she knows what I'm saying beyond basic command...
It's reassuring to learn that there are people in this world who are ever so slightly nuttier than I am. I loved this book!