Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty's intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails.
Dog Years is a remarkable work: a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Mark Doty writes about the heart-wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear us of unconditional love. A book unlike any other, Mark Doty's surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet profoundly affecting. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making.
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Award-winning memoirist (Firebird ) and poet (School of the Arts ) Doty explores, with compassion and intelligence, the complicated, loving territory inhabited by devoted dogs and their loyal humans.Mar 12 2007 | Read Full Review of Dog Years: A Memoir
However, the book is instead an examination of the human response to loss in all its many incarnations: loss of innocence, loss of family, loss of hope.Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Dog Years: A Memoir
Doty applies the same lyrical and sensitive approach to his latest memoir, Dog Years, another meditation on death and loss.Devoted dog lovers will understand the sorrow Doty experiences as he walks us through the lives and final days of Beau and Arden, the dogs who rounded out Doty's and Roberts'...| Read Full Review of Dog Years: A Memoir
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"To choose to live with a dog," Mark Doty writes, "is to agree to participate in a long process of interpretation."| Read Full Review of Dog Years: A Memoir
In one of the book's most touching sections, he catalogs Arden’s late-life pleasures, from “Beach” to “Watching.” There is a unique paradigm shift here that every dog owner of a certain type will recognize—Doty clearly rearranged his life around Beau and Arden, and not the other way around.May 31 2007 | Read Full Review of Dog Years: A Memoir
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