My Dog Tulip

By J. R. Ackerley; Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590174142, 190pp.)

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

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Now a Major Motion Picture

The 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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction--among them "The Hidden Life of Dogs," "The Harmless People," "Reindeer Moon," and "The Animal Wife," She has written for "The New Yorker," "National Geographic," and "The Atlantic," She lives in New Hampshire.
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