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In November , Frank Sinatra Gave Marilyn Monroe A Dog His Name Was Mafia Honey, Or Maf For Short He Had An Instinct For Celebrity For Politics For Psychoanalysis For Literature For Interior Decoration For Liver Treat With A Side Order Of National BiscuitsMaf Was With Marilyn For The Last Two Years Of Her Life, First In New York, Where She Mixed With Everyone Who Was Anyone The Art Dealer Leo Castelli, Lee Strasberg And The Actors Studio Crowd, Upper West Side Emigres Then Back To Los Angeles She Took Him To Meet President Kennedy And To Hollywood Restaurants, Department Stores, And Interviews To Mexico, For Her DivorceWith Style, Brilliance, And Panache, Andrew O Hagan Has Drawn A One Of A Kind Portrait Of The Woman Behind The Icon, And The Dog Behind The Woman

10 thoughts on “The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

  1. says:

    Convoluted and confusing I finished it but was tired.

  2. says:

    To be filed alongside the brightest and funniest animal narrated fiction not a competitive field ha, see the pun , O Hagan s novel is a debonair shaggy dog story homage to Tristram Shandy evident in the title that concerns the exploits of a Highland pup, passed into the hands of Vita Sackville West, Natalie Wood s princess mother, and finally via Frank Sinatra Marilyn Monroe Maf was raised a socialist in the Scottish Highlands, and is extremely au fait with European, American and Russian literature, as well as philosophy and human psychology As he accompanies Marilyn in her final year of life, he bumps into Brooklyn rats and soup flies with attitude problems, all the while observing Marilyn s airy complexity and her run ins with Sinatra, her psycho psychologist, Carson McCullers, and JFK Told in a light but consistently amusing way with insights on Kafka, Proust and Woolf you wouldn t expect from an Avie maltese, O Hagan s short novel is a charming and finely written comedy Note Monroe obsessives need not apply this isn t a barrel scraping fresh perspective PS Tara in her review has complained that this narrator is insufficiently doglike Apparently she prefers her talking dogs to sniff their butts and chase after sic dropped potatoe sic chips She is also upset because this talking dog used words that I don t know when as we all know, most talking dog narrators should limit their vocabulary to doglike words such as woorf and owf, both one syllable, so realistic for a talking dog You ve been warned

  3. says:

    This is a biography type thing of Marilyn Monroe told from the viewpoint of a dog, a very pompous maltese that somehow manages to identify Renoir paintings and Louis XV chairs at a mere few months of age Now, I was expecting something along the lines of Spencer Quinn s Dog On It, a funny book from the viewpoint of a dog that is very dog like I was expecting humor Instead I get a narrative using words I don t know, much less expect my dogs to know It was not very dog like at all Come on, seriously, dogs sniff their butts, chase after dropped potatoe chips, catch the scent of b tches in the wind They do not sit around spouting poetry, using words like paucity and supercilious, and I seriously doubt they have strong feelings about the civil rights movement or KennedyI think the movie will be better.For full review and pictures, click on the link

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    Glasgowissa syntynyt nykyisin Lontoossa asuva Andrew O Haganin Maf koira ja h nen yst v ns Marilyn Monroe on kirjailijan nelj s romaani ja toinen, joka on suomennettu Maf koira ja h nen yst v ns Marilyn Monroe teoksen kansikuva on todella kaunis, mutta eih n Maf koirasta nyt huonoa kuvaa saisi otettuakaan, eik sen puoleen Marilynist k n Kirja on kuvitteellinen teos ja kertoo Maf koiran ajatuksista, aikamoinen filosofi ja pohdiskelija t m pieni veijari oli Andrew O Hagan on luonut todella ajattelevaisen, mutta koiramaisen ja siten my skin koiramaisesti k ytt ytyv n kirjansa p henkil n Kaikkihan alkoi siit , ett Frank Sinatra halusi lahjoittaa Marilyn Monroelle koiranpennun, koska Marilyn oli masentunut erottuaan miehest n Arthur Millerist Kirjan tapahtumat sijoittuivat 60 luvulle, Marilynin viimeisimpiin vaiheisiin Kirja yll tti minut syv llisyydell n ja tapahtumarikkailla elokuva ja kulttuurimaailman sek tuon ajan poliittisen ilmapiirin kuvauksillaan, joita on ehk ollut helpompi kuvata koiran n k kulmasta tarkasteltuna kuin puhtaasti henkil hahmojen n k kulmasta tarkasteltuna Kirja on huumorintajuinen, mutta tuo esille Marilynin masentumisen ja l kkeiden k yt n Emme unohda Marilyni koskaan ja t m teos vahvistaa viel muistojamme t st maailmankuulusta n yttelij st , joka kuoli aivan liian nuorena.

  5. says:

    Very pretentious book, seems to me the author was just showing off his knowledge of literature, philosophy and politics,, not that much about Marilyn s life and personality about the dogs vast knowledge of authors, artists, philosophers and geography really don t recommend this if your looking for an insight into Marilyn s personality very disappointing because if could have been a brilliant book if the author wasn t so focused on showing how intellectual he is.

  6. says:

    Even from his humble beginnings in an English farmhouse, Maf is a very special dog Able to cogitate for hours on the strange proclivities of the humans surrounding him, Maf becomes the companion of one of the most famous women in all of history while still a puppy When the mother of young ing nue Natalie Wood buys a group of dogs to give away to her favorites, she invites Frank Sinatra to pick a dog for the up and coming film actress, Marilyn Monroe He, of course, can t resist the little dog with the heart of gold, and as soon as Marilyn receives him, she christens him Mafia Honey, or Maf for short As Marilyn glides through her glamorous life, Maf begins to see the fragile and scared woman behind the facade, and as he converses with all the other animals around him, an unflinching picture of the famous personalities that surround him begins to emerge Rich in philosophical and moral discourse, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog is a surprisingly rich and nuanced peek into the lives of some of the most public faces of the 50 s and 60 s As Maf shares his deepest and most personal reflections on them, the never before seen world around these once bright and burning stars is expertly revealed.I have to say this book was hit and miss for me While I do think the storyline was unique and the perspective original, sometimes the execution left me a little cold I think the main problem was that there was a lot of name dropping, and while that normally doesn t bother me, the names being dropped were stars, philosophers and artists whom I knew very little about This isn t really a criticism, because I think readers who are familiar with the personalities of this time would really enjoy the book, and I m sure readers who are at home in the world of philosophy would find it entertaining as well As it was, the book went a little over my head, though there were some really wonderful and astute aspects about this particular story.First off, the book being written from Maf s perspective was a very clever device He was able to see and hear everything and make his own very intelligent appraisals about it all without the those around him other than the animals hearing him This gave the story an almost confidential and secretive feel, because the opinions of Maf were never motivating factors of the book He was able to see and detect things that eluded his human counterparts, and he was quickly able to assess a situation and draw some very penetrating conclusions that remained locked between the reader and himself He was sometimes fond of pontificating and had little time for those who were menacing to his owner, particularly Frank Sinatra Sinatra was not graciously served in this book He was, in effect, a bully and a ball buster who used his star power and angry charisma to insert himself into politics and also a spoiled man whom no one thought to check or correct Maf saw him as insensitive and brutish, an ego driven and spoiled man with dark forces ready to do his bidding.Maf s reflections on Marilyn were also very telling she was portrayed as very witty and charming but overly na ve when it came to the people around her The best way I can describe her character was lost and easily swayed Her drive to be taken seriously and to appear glamorous and high functioning was, in effect, one of her most fatal flaws Maf doesn t go into detail about her frightening spiral into the world of drugs or her stints on the casting couch, and surprisingly, the book ends before her untimely and tragic death From the vantage point we have, Marilyn is reflected with love and is truly endowed with the gravity she deserves.Another pertinent point is Maf s observations of the animal world He speaks at length about his own interpretations on the anthropomorphism animals and of the philosophers that have espoused the same sentiments A lot of these explanations were interesting to read but went somewhat over my head, though they were grounded in fact The amalgamation of all of these elements were sometimes portentous and at other times candidly funny, but I had trouble with the immense weight of the implications made by the narrative.Though this book didn t entirely work for me in all the areas it explored, I still think it was a very revealing read, and in most ways successful I think readers of a certain generation would get a lot from this story, and even I had no trouble falling in love with little Maf I appreciated the creativity and candor of this book immensely, and feel that although it tried to accomplish a lot within a relatively small space, it was clearly a book that made me think differently, not only about the animal world, but about some of the foremost legends in cinema history A challenging and reflective read.

  7. says:

    Oh boy, someone did fail gloriously here I am OK with dogs knowing all human thoughts, feelings and innermost character, even some wisecracks about literature and philosophy out of their barking mouths would be perfectly in order, but here this strategy is simply overdone Maf the Dog quickly morphs into a sorry excuse for employing an omniscient first person narrator which perhaps would be rejected today, while dog narrators obviously have carte blanche , even though he is not even omniscient, but just an insupportable knows it all Not that I d be averse to being edified, informed or enlightened, regardless of the source of knowledge provided, but somehow this doesn t happen all those morsels of wisdom make for a bland and incongruous intellectual diet Maf, by the way, is fittingly colour blind, but for some reason his sense of smell is just human When someone takes off his shoes at a party, he even manages to determine that they smell of nothing at all , which is so un doggish it sent me screaming Before this disappointing backdrop the reader wonders whether there is any substance to the character O Hagan gives his famous personages of the American sixties, especially where we would be most interested, namely in Marilyn s case, who is portrayed with care, but still not all too convincingly spoiler Where, please, lies the wisdom in denying any intimate relationship between her and JFK, while sending her tumbling in the bushes with a new acquaintance at a party, presumably just because There s nothing wrong with sex, as she later says is this just to show that by this time she is already seriously emotionally damaged A dog who had known her mind so intimately as O Hagan claims Maf does, could have done better than presenting this scene so totally out of context.

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    This was a strange book.Since my boyfriend bought his iPad, I ve been borrowing his Kindle, since he doesn t need it any And it s really opening up an opportunity for me to read ebooks, which I m having trouble concentrating on when they re on the laptop.One of the books I ve been wanting to read, is this, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe.A lifelong fan of Marilyn Monroe, who is my favorite actress, I always jump on the chance to read about her, novels like this too.And this is a strange one, told from the view of Marilyn s dog Maf It s almost like it offers up glimpses of her life, and of Maf s life, not nessecarily from a start to a finish, but simply different portraits of her, and of artists around her, in different situations and places.Granted, it s a weird book, but it s endearing and insightful and philosophical, and I quite like it It s not a pageturner, and it s taken me a while to finish it, also doubtlessly because of my adventures in antidepressants, but it is quite lovely It s not like it s unputdownable, but it s a nice read nonetheless I quite liked it.

  9. says:

    Maf is Marilyn Monroe s pet given to her by Frank Sinatra And what a life they lived Not only do you get a glimpse of Marilyn s personal life But also, the ins and outs of Hollywood and some details of the Kennedy clan All through the observations of this smart little dog. I give this book 3.5 stars

  10. says:

    I have only five things to say about this bookSO GLAD I AM FINISHED