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I really enjoyed this book, the dog, Maf is a great story teller and I liked his philosophical approach to life. He is the antithesis of dogdom, which I found quite funny as a dog lover myself - no smells and bottoms for him! He is instead an insightful observer of all the humans around him and rather more cultivated than most of them. He loves and respects Marilyn and views himself as her protector. He has opinions of all the celebrities he meets from Sinatra to the Kennedys and sums up their characters and foibles well. Using a dog as the narrator allows the writer to distance himself from the characters and events of the story, to fictionalise them or not as the story unfolds. The book is well read and the narrators precise Scots accent is enjoyable, providing an old world contrast to brash world of Hollywood.
From the sound-clip one would expect this novel to be an view of 1960's Monroe-Sinatra-Kennedy America as seen by a third party, in this case a dog. A clever concept?as no-one would think of moderating their views or actions with a canine in attendance, however, the work gets far too bogged down with the dog continually philosophising every subject that comes his way (and heaven help us when you get to Monroe and her therapists....) We both gave up listening at this point and have no?intention of returning. A sad disappointment.