Once upon a time in Provence, Peter Mayle adopted a dog of uncertain origins and dubious hunting skills and gave him a nameâBoy. Now he gives this canny canine a voice in an irresistible âmemoirâ that proves that the best vantage point for observing life may well be on all fours.
As Boy recounts his progress from an overcrowded maternal bosom to unchallenged mastery of the Mayle household, he tells us why dogs are drawn to humans (âour most convenient support systemâ) and chickens (âthat happy combination of sport and nourishmentâ). We share in his amorous dalliances, his run-ins with French plumbers and cats, and in the tidbits (both conversational and edible) of his ownersâ dinner parties. Enhanced by fifty-nine splendidly whimsical drawings by Edward Koren, A Dogâs Life gives us all the delights we expect from any book by Peter Mayleâpedigree prose, biting wit, and a keen nose for the fragrance of civilizationâtogether with the insouciant wisdom of which only a dog (and probably only Peter Mayleâs dog) is capable.