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Although Mr John asserts of Marilyn Monroe, in his 1973 song 'Candle In
The Wind', that he never knew her at all, he was nonetheless captivated
both by her biography and the magic of her inimitable screen persona.

Andrew O'Hagan has been bitten by the same bug but has chosen to tell
his story through the eyes of a small dog given to Ms Monroe as a
Christmas gift by Frank Sinatra. It is a charming and witty tale.

'Maf' is a clever pup. A thoroughly literary hound. His familiarity
with the philosophical musings of Descartes; the conceits of the Lee
Strasberg school of "method" acting and the finer details of the
world of Sigmund Freud and his inner-circle are highly impressive
given his diminuative stature and relative youth. (He is also an
avid Trotskyist to boot!)

His sensitivity to Ms Monroe's loneliness and deep desire for her craft
to be taken seriously is depicted with considerable pathos (and not a
little venom for the shallow world of her celebrity contemporaries!)

I particularly enjoyed the barbed exchanges with her highly competetive
psychoanalyst Dr Kris and the very funny dialogue with New York
gallery owner Leo Castelli. Standing in front of the Roy Lichtenstein
painting 'Washing Machine, 1961' Castelli intones : "They're the acme
of industrial. Cartoons are the only politics we recognise. They are
anti-contemplative, anti-nuance, anti-getting-away-from-the-tyranny-
of-the-triangle. They are anti-movement-and-light, anti-mystery,
anti-paint-quality, anti-Zen, and anti all those brilliant ideas that
everybody understands and depends on so thoroughly." To which Ms Monroe
responds : "That's a helluva lot of anti to put into one washing machine".
I laughed out loud!

Played out against the backdrop of cold-war America, 'The Life and
Opinions Of Maf The Dog and Of His Friend Marylin Monroe' conjures
a time and a world back into being with a heady mixture of warmth,
humour and not a little quiet canine cunning.

Some have found the book a bit of a dogs dinner. I loved it!

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