Funk Rating: 10 out of 10
This book had me laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face. And, at the end, tears of sadness also found their way down my cheek. Yes, those that know me will say, "But John, you cry at the drop of a hat -- you're such a softie." True, very true. But this is a spectacular book!
With one caveat: you have to love dogs (or at least appreciate them).
The Funk family is going to grow by one member this month: we're adding a dog to the family. My mom got this book for me, likely thinking that I need a good reminder of how trashed our house and life are soon going to be. And a reminder is probably a good thing, for adding a dog will mean our lives, and our definition of what's important, will be forever changed. And I think (hope) that's a good thing and that we're up to the task...
But enough of us -- this book is a rip-roaring vicarious ride through the author's experience with a 97 pound lab that is hysterical. Marley truly is a one-of-a-kind dog. One that creates memories and experiences that have to be read to be appreciated. Marley is a character of the highest order, and I highly recommend the next time you want a change of pace for your reading, pick this one up. It's a NYT bestseller and definitely deserves to be there. Grogan can write some seriously funny stuff.