I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was read well. I’d watched the movie years ago, and rewatched it after I finished the audio book so I could adequately compare the two. The novel is translated well to the screen and I agree with most of the adjustments they did. The error I found was that in the book he isn’t writing articles about his dog for the newspapers. In the novel these are shown in a scrapbook and its hinted that they are turned into a full novel later. Instead, the novel portrays it as the author upkeeps a journal and majority of the novel stems from that. The ending in the novel also ties things up nicer, spending a good two chapters on mourning the loss of the dog, and showing how the author puts an article out about the death of his dog and gets a massive response from readers. This is then followed up by the family going to adopt a new dog that is likely to be as troublesome as the one they recently lost.
Overall I would say any lover of animals will find something relatable in this novel. You don’t have to be a dog person to enjoy it, although you probably will enjoy a bit more, especially if your pet is similar to the one being portrayed. Now my complaint is, a lot of the novel focused on poop. If there was ever a book written about fecal matter, this is it. It doesn’t get dull, the author is rather impressive in the many avenues used to display poop in the story, but it plays a very strong role in the plot. I was not a fan of that and came to dread hearing the next installment, unsure if I’d be able to stomach my next meal after listening. Other bodily functions-fur, vomit, slobber, and so on and also explained in graphic detail. So if you are squeamish–do not read this book. I mean, in a way this is a compliment, the author was able to describe these events so well, that I felt I was there, and by such, horrified and reviled. The novel nicely removes these aspects, so if you want to experience this tale without the disgusting parts, go watch the movie, don’t read the book.