Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe

Book - 2010
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Meet Maf: The hilariously opinionated, well-read, politically scrappy, and complex canine companion to Marilyn Monroe.


In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Mafia Honey, or Maf for short. Born in the household of Vanessa Bell, brought to the United States by Natalie Wood's mother, and given as a Christmas present to Marilyn the winter after she separated from Arthur Miller, Maf was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, and he had as much instinct for celebrity and psychoanalysis as he did for Liver Treat with a side order of National Biscuits. Marylin took him to meet President Kennedy and to Hollywood restaurants, to department stores, to interviews, and to Mexico for her divorce. Through Maf's eyes, we see an altogether original and wonderfully clever portrait of the woman behind the icon--and the dog behind the woman.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780151013722
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 02, 2012

This book is way too clever, with the author showing off his cleverness.

bookfanatic1979 Jul 25, 2011

This is such a Sixties book. Drugs, philosophy, Trotskyism, sex, Communists, post-modernism, fear of The Bomb, unintelligible whining. Not being a child of the sixties, I was lost about 97% of the time. The only thing I enjoyed was the concept that cats speak in verse, while dogs prefer prose.

Jun 03, 2011

This was a fun read. Marilyn Monroe fans may enjoy the rather unique perspective of Maf the Dog. But it's not really about Marilyn. It's about Maf, who has something to say about all kinds of subjects. He's quite the philosopher.


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