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Heartfelt and hilarious, this is a book for anyone who has tried to imagine what their dog was thinking.
Human beings often write about their dogs, but the dogs don't usually get a right of reply. In Love, Clancy, Richard Glover has collated the letters sent by Clancy to his parents in the bush. They are full of a young dog's musings about the oddities of human behaviour, life in the big city, and his own attempts to fit in. You'll meet Clancy as a puppy, making his first attempt to train his humans, then see him grow into a mature activist, demanding more attention be paid to a dog's view of the world. Along the way, there are adventures aplenty, involving robotic vacuum cleaners, songs about cheese, trips to the country and stolen legs of ham - all told with a dog's deep wisdom when it comes to what's important in life.
Delightfully illustrated by cartoonist Cathy Wilcox.
PRAISE FOR RICHARD GLOVER
'Unnervingly accurate, always funny, Richard Glover effortlessly inhabits the fine mind of a dog' - Julia Baird
The Land Before Avocado
'This is vintage Glover - warm, wise and very, very funny. Brimming with excruciating insights into life in the late sixties and early seventies, The Land Before Avocado explains why this was the cultural revolution we had to have' Hugh Mackay
'Hilarious and horrifying, this is the ultimate intergenerational conversation starter' Annabel Crabb
'Richard Glover's just-published The Land Before Avocado is a wonderful and witty journey back in time to life in the early 1970s' Richard Wakelin, Australian Financial Review
'A funny, moving, very entertaining memoir' Bill Bryson, New York Times
'The best Australian memoir I've read is Richard Glover's Flesh Wounds' Greg Sheridan, The Australian
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Book Review: Love, Clancy: a Dog's Letters Home, Edited and Debated by Richard Glover by Richard Glover - Reviewed by CloggieA (28 Apr 2021)
5 stars Love, Clancy is a book by Australian radio presenter and best-selling author, Richard Glover, and the audio version is read by the author. After an introduction in which Glover explains how the loss of his old dog Darcy led to the addition of Clancy, a Kelpie pup, to his household, and the recommendations of a newly purchased training manual, the book takes the format of letters from Clancy to his mum and dad on a country farm, and Richard’s Response (expansion, explanation or justification) to each of these missives.
Clancy gives his return address variously as Onion Weed Cottage, Crumbling Manor, and Chateau Chaos or the Rented Hovel and his commentary cover a myriad of topics: the exercise bike, the dog park, gardening, a dog’s nose, vermin infestations, Christmas, Man and Lady’s human offspring, divorce and the canine custody issue, vanity, air-conditioning, COVID self-isolation activities, canine myths, birthdays and the canine age scale.
He shares the delight of cheese slices, digging/mining, rolling in compost, chicken pieces, games, the recycling box, interring household items, agility training, the friendliness of people in country towns, and meeting canine friends at the dog park.
He expresses frustration at the progress of his training of Man and Lady, who amusingly, believe they are training Clancy, who take an age to understand that breakfast can be fed before the papers are read, but fail to grasp the unacceptability of long delays in dog park visits, and whose dispensing of treats defies all logic, but succumbs to Clancy’s Cheese Song. He evinces a perfect puzzled tone at what is required from him by Man and Lady.
He shares his disappointment in, dismay at, or dislike of: the taste of flies; car trips; the robotic vacuum cleaner; the lack of human productivity; Man and Lady’s health and wellbeing regimen; and he bemoans the indignity of baths, derogatory canine references in many human expressions, certain dog names, thunderstorms, and diets.
He describes the services he provides: relieving tense moments, lowering blood pressure, encouraging purposeful exercise, guarding the house, and checking the backyard for iron ore deposits. Clancy points out that he is an expert at mindfulness and wishes he had been properly remunerated for the personal training role he has been filling for years.
This book is laugh-out-loud funny so the standard warning about reading in the Quiet Carriage on public transport, reading while eating/drinking, and continence issues applies here. Clancy (and Richard) have wise words and life lessons and insightful observations on humans, making this is a hugely entertaining, but also moving read, not just for dog owners or dog lovers, but for everyone: the appeal is universal. Highly recommended!
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