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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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It seems now like a different me, the years I spent with Martin, a Doberman dog, and before he came, another me; and it is a new me now, once again, writing this. I would have been dead long ago had I continued to live the way I had before he came.

I think someone would have murdered me, given how I drank and the dives that I drank in and that I was an aggressive, angry man. I had no money and no friends. I didn’t care, I couldn’t have.

 
Thomas Healy was a drunk, a fighter, sometimes a writer, often unemployed, no stranger to the police. His life was going nowhere but downhill. Then one day he bought a pup—a Doberman. He called him Martin. Gradually man and dog became unshakable allies, the closest of comrades, the best of friends. They took long walks together, they vacationed together, they even went to church together.
 
Martin, in more ways than one, saved Thomas Healy’s life.
 
Written with unadulterated candor and profound love, this soulful memoir gets at the heart of the intense bond between people and dogs.

Review:

"Novelist Healy was a raging, brawling drunk until, on a whim, he adopted a Doberman pinscher puppy he named Martin. He nursed Martin through illness and wounds; Martin in turn stood guard over him while he lay passed out in fields. Their bond, and the slight but persistent duty of caring for Martin enabled Healy to very fitfully begin to recover from his alcoholism and propensity to violence and gently nudged him toward an understanding of himself and God. Healy embeds the story in a memoir of his life in the slums of Glasgow, his relationship with his parents, his conflicted attitude toward the church and his many loves, from a youthful encounter with a whore with a heart of gold to a mature affair with a boss who fired him after he makes clear that Martin is more important to him than she is. 'It was not right that a man should need a dog as much as I had needed him,' Healy acknowledges, but he makes no apologies that 'for whatever reason, my best pal possessed four legs instead of two.' In Healy's heartfelt prose, this eccentric friendship becomes the core of a moving meditation on the mysterious nature of redemption." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Novelist Thomas Healy was a raging, brawling drunk until, on a whim, he adopted a Doberman pinscher puppy he named Martin. Their bond, and the slight but persistent duty of caring for Martin enabled Healy to very fitfully begin to recover from his alcoholism and propensity to violence and gently nudged him toward an understanding of himself and God.

Synopsis:

T homas Healy was a drunk, a fighter, sometimes a writer, often unemployed, no stranger to the police. His life was going nowhere but downhill. Then one day he bought a pup—a Doberman. He called him Martin. Gradually man and dog became unshakable allies, the closest of comrades, the best of friends. They took long walks together, they vacationed together, they even went to church together. Martin, in more ways than one, saved Thomas Healys life.Written with unadulterated candor and profound love, this soulful memoir gets at the heart of the intense bond between people and dogs.

Synopsis:

"It seems now like a different me, the years I spent with Martin, a Doberman dog, and before he came, another me; and it is a new me now, once again, writing this. I would have been dead long ago had I continued to live the way I had before he came.

About the Author

THOMAS HEALY grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1950s. He left school at fifteen and worked as a shunter in a railway yard and a security guard at a meat market, among other things. He lives in Glasgow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151012596
Author:
Healy, Thomas
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Alcoholics
Subject:
Dog owners
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Healy, Thomas
Subject:
Dog owners - Scotland
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070917
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.78 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Novelist Healy was a raging, brawling drunk until, on a whim, he adopted a Doberman pinscher puppy he named Martin. He nursed Martin through illness and wounds; Martin in turn stood guard over him while he lay passed out in fields. Their bond, and the slight but persistent duty of caring for Martin enabled Healy to very fitfully begin to recover from his alcoholism and propensity to violence and gently nudged him toward an understanding of himself and God. Healy embeds the story in a memoir of his life in the slums of Glasgow, his relationship with his parents, his conflicted attitude toward the church and his many loves, from a youthful encounter with a whore with a heart of gold to a mature affair with a boss who fired him after he makes clear that Martin is more important to him than she is. 'It was not right that a man should need a dog as much as I had needed him,' Healy acknowledges, but he makes no apologies that 'for whatever reason, my best pal possessed four legs instead of two.' In Healy's heartfelt prose, this eccentric friendship becomes the core of a moving meditation on the mysterious nature of redemption." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Novelist Thomas Healy was a raging, brawling drunk until, on a whim, he adopted a Doberman pinscher puppy he named Martin. Their bond, and the slight but persistent duty of caring for Martin enabled Healy to very fitfully begin to recover from his alcoholism and propensity to violence and gently nudged him toward an understanding of himself and God.
"Synopsis" by ,
T homas Healy was a drunk, a fighter, sometimes a writer, often unemployed, no stranger to the police. His life was going nowhere but downhill. Then one day he bought a pup—a Doberman. He called him Martin. Gradually man and dog became unshakable allies, the closest of comrades, the best of friends. They took long walks together, they vacationed together, they even went to church together. Martin, in more ways than one, saved Thomas Healys life.Written with unadulterated candor and profound love, this soulful memoir gets at the heart of the intense bond between people and dogs.
"Synopsis" by , "It seems now like a different me, the years I spent with Martin, a Doberman dog, and before he came, another me; and it is a new me now, once again, writing this. I would have been dead long ago had I continued to live the way I had before he came.

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