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A Dog's Journey: A Novel Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“An amazing book. I laughed and smiled and cried. Wise…and sure to open the hearts of all who read it. Bailey has much to teach us about a dog's love of liberty.” ―Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Color Purple, on A Dog's Purpose
“I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried.” ―Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, on A Dog's Purpose
“Marley & Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie.” ―Kirkus Reviews on A Dog's Purpose
“Funny, heartwarming, and touching.” ―Library Journal (starred review) on A Dog's Purpose
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Then, I read the book, which took me a while to finish since the water build-up in my eyes got heavier and heavier the closer I came to the end. Could that water build-up have been tears? I don't know what it was but all I know is that I wished my glasses had wipers attached to them.
My bottom line opinion of A Dog's Journey is that, as hard as it may seem to believe, it is even better than A Dog's Purpose! I can't recommend this book highly enough to all dog lovers or anyone who will allow themselves to feel all of the emotions associated with life (and death). Do yourself a favor and consider A Dog's Journey a MUST read. However, if you haven't already read A Dog's Purpose, I'd highly recommend you read it before A Dog's Journey in order to get the maximum enjoyment from the latter.
Just as in my review of A Dog's Purpose, I won't summarize the plot even a little bit because the potential reader will want to experience every aspect of this terrific book without any advance information of what you will experience as you read it. I think the following information from the jacket cover pertaining to the essence of A Dog's Journey should suffice. This is a charming and heartwarming story of hope, love and unending devotion. It asks the question: Do we take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?Read more ›
I was coerced into reading another heartwarming story about dogs.
Bruce Cameron has me hook, line, and sinker!
Have mercy on me sir.
I beg of you!
"A Dog's Journey" takes you inside the dog's thoughts, hopes, and dreams.
As it says in this book, "My Cj. She taught me that it was a good thing to
love more than just my boy Ethan, opening my eyes to the fact that I'd
actually loved many people in my lives, that loving humans was my purpose."
That says it all to me.
Dogs are here to be loved and appreciated.
This book has us realize how special these creatures really are, no matter
what shape, size, or breed they come to us in.
I can recommend this book whole heartedly, just keep two boxes of
tissues next to you.
A Dog's Journey attempts to carry on that story; but in adhereing too closely to the format established by the first book, Journey loses it's ability to surprise readers. As the story of the dog progresses, were are again treated to tales of multiple reincarnations. The major difference is that in Purpose, some of those lives didn't involve the boy Ethan. In Journey, all the dog's lives revolve around Clarity, the granddaughter of Ethan's widow, Hannah. After saving Clarity from a fall into the pond, the dog believes Ethan would want him to stick around an protect the girl. If Buddy/Molly/Max/Toby can chose whose dog he'll be in the next life, why didn't he do so in the first book? That struck me as a major inconsistency.
The aspect of Journey that bothered me the most, however, were the irritating characters of Clarity and her mother, Gloria. Geez, if I had been their dog I would have ran off and hoped I had better luck in the reincarnation lottery the next time around. Gloria is an utterly unredeemable narcissist while Clarity, or CJ as she comes to be known, is a troubled teen with an eating disorder who rejects the nice guy who secretly loves her for the abusive, manipulative bad boy. Yes, I know these things happen out in the real world, but the problems of these two characters read more like a script for an after-school special. Perhaps the problem I had with all this dysfunction is that it was presented through a dog's-eye view ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining and kept you wanting to continue reading.Published 2 days ago by Rebecca L. Fosbrink
This book made me look at my little dog in a whole new light. What a delightful and touching story.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lost my beautiful Beagle Birdie this year. Found this book to be very enlightening and soothing to my soul as I miss my dog dearly. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I didnt find this nearly as engaging as his first novels but it is sweet and if you love dogs, it is a pleasant read.Published 17 days ago by Dave
If you are a dog lover you will love this book. This is the sequel to A Dog's Purpose which is a must read first. Read it with a box of tissues. Good story line and easy read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Beth
A cute book for dog lovers. Not as good as A Dog's Purpose, but a good read for love dogs! It dragged a little in the middle of the book.Published 23 days ago by flomote