Thursday, July 7, 2011

Movie Books

Marley & Me is a great movie, and an even better book. It follows a married couple through the challenges of life, with a horrible dog that ends up bringing them all together. They suffer a miscarriage before having their 3 beautiful children. The book is written in the 1st person from the dad's point of view, as he works his way from being a small column writer to a columnist. They eventually get a nice home, and then move again for a new job. Marley eventually gets sick, and they take him in to the vet. They decide to take him home to care for him, and he seems to rally and do better. He gets very sick again a while later, and they take him back in. The vet suggests they put him down, and they do. The Dad stays with him all night, and then they bury him in the family yard. I''m not much of a dog person, but the story was touching. Not like Beethoven, just crazy dog antics. It was about real life, love and growing.

"Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty."

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