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My Dog Tulip (New York Review Books Classics) (original: 1956; edição: 1999)

de J.R. Ackerley

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Heartwarming and profound, this account of one writer's relationship with his beloved German sheperd is a masterpiece of animal literature.  The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought 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 their sixteen-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. My Dog Tulip was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010. … (mais)
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Título:My Dog Tulip (New York Review Books Classics)
Autores:J.R. Ackerley
Informação:NYRB Classics (1999), Paperback, 208 pages
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My Dog Tulip de J. R. Ackerley (1956)

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I'm guessing the 'major motion picture' doesn't stick too closely to the book, because the book is mostly about smearing vaseline on Tulip's vagina in the hope that she will successfully mate with another handsome German Shepherd. Spoiler alert: she gets off with a mutt instead.

For the first chapter, I thought this would be the kind of book dog-lovers would love, and everyone else would shrug at and move on. The first chapters were mostly about shitting in public, and Tulip's facial expressions. This, I found delightful. I have a mutt, at least part German Shepherd, and she makes those facial expressions, and I love her deeply.

Then, enter the vagina, and that's it for the rest of the book.

There are all kinds of reasons one might want to write about one's dog's vagina, the most obvious one being that you're not getting any yourself. And sure enough, as reliably as Freud is photographed chomping on a cigar, wikipedia tells me that Ackerley was gay, and never found a husband. On the other hand, he was openly gay, so this can't just be the return of the repressed.

I actually think Ackerley wrote the book this way because he's a horrible person, and perhaps knew that.

Consider the chapter on shitting in the streets: at no point does he seem to consider the possibility that he could, say, pick up the shit in a paper bag or shovel, and deposit it somewhere more suitable than a shop-owner's doorway. Why not? Isn't this the obvious thing to do?

Tulip is horrible to other people. Could he perhaps restrain the dog? Train her? Of course not.

Could he spay her? Certainly not, though there's no reason given for this astonishing decision (though perhaps social norms have changed, and nobody desexed their dogs in the post-war).

Moving on, Ackerley's attitude towards (his words) "the working classes" is... well, it's even more disgusting than his insistence that his dog get fucked by a German Shepherd. Which is already disgusting. He does describe the tremendous inherited diseases and so on that pure breed dogs suffer from, and yet, he's determined to create more pure-bred dogs. But fear not. He plans to kill the puppies.

To be honest, Ackerley seems like the worst kind of English stereotype: dismissive of people who have to work to pay their bills, dismissive of other people in general, and with an astonishing inability to think about anything other than facts. Too bad he writes so nicely. ( )
2 vote stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Man receives dog. Dog behaves badly. Man loves dog.

This is a gem of a novel. I'm not really a dog person and Tulip embodies many of the reasons why I'll never own one again. However, as novels are meant to open you to experiences you'd never seek in real life, Ackerley made me fall in love with a dog.

Ackerley wants nothing less than to provide Tulip with everything she could desire, but what she wants isn't always easy to figure out. The book is arranged in sections around the Tulips interests from defecation to fornication to...that's about it, but its fascinating. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I can see how it would put some people off, consumed as it is with Tulip's bathroom and sexual habits, flowing from this borderline-obsessive relationship to the dog in question. But that's why I liked it so much. It spoke to that very consuming aspect of love for an animal—a dog in particular—and that narrow focus that comes of taking your responsibility for another creature so very seriously. Which I relate to, and others' mileage will vary. ( )
  lisapeet | Apr 28, 2018 |
A sweet if messy tale of a German shepherd bitch and her many travails. Mostly this is an enshrining of a nervous but frenetically devoted dog and the trials her devoted owner faces in trying to care for her and cater to her needs. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I think any writer who is in love with his dog wants to put into words how beautiful the animal is, and do justice to every expression and behavior.

I was completely charmed by Ackerley's account of his dog Tulip. Some critics on Amazon were repulsed by his romanticized description of Tulip's genitalia, for example. It didn't strike me as pornographic, but rather poetic.

I have a female German shepherd who is spayed, so in my mind, she will always be a puppy. But Tulip becomes a "woman," so her life story takes a different path than my dog's.

Most of the book is about Ackerley's efforts to mate Tulip, not because he wants to raise puppies, but because that is what nature intends for female dogs in heat. At the very least, the book is an education in the mating of dogs in captivity. ( )
  keneumey | Jun 4, 2014 |
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Heartwarming and profound, this account of one writer's relationship with his beloved German sheperd is a masterpiece of animal literature.  The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought 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 their sixteen-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. My Dog Tulip was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010. 

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