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A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, 1) Paperback – December 6, 2016
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|About the product||Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose, shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.||Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose, shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.||Some friendships transcend lifetimes. Picking up where A Dog's Purpose left off, Ethan's beloved dog Bailey finds a new destiny: Protect Ethan's granddaughter CJ at any cost.||Some friendships transcend lifetimes. Picking up where A Dog's Purpose left off, Ethan's beloved dog Bailey finds a new destiny: Protect Ethan's granddaughter CJ at any cost.|
“Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie. ” ―Kirkus Reviews
“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
“Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book.” ―Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America
“This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain and Vicki Myron's Dewey, the best-selling saga of a library cat.” ―Booklist
“This book gives you a glimpse into the heart and mind of a dog--and will change your view of our furry friends forever.” ―Guideposts
“By turns funny, heartwarming, and touching without being overly sentimental, Cameron's novel successfully illuminates the breadth of the American dogscape.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
"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 The Color Purple
About the Author
- Publisher : Forge; Media Tie In edition (December 6, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765388111
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765388117
- Lexile measure : 970L
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.84 x 8.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a Definite 'Must Read' book for the entire Human Race! To go along and experience Toby, Baily, Ellie & Buddy's Purpose in life might not only help us appreciate our loyal animal companions more, but each other as well!
A Dog's Purpose is a novel and is written from the point-of-view of a dog. The book starts out when the puppy first opens his eyes and starts to take in his mother, siblings, and new world. Gradually the puppy grows up, discovers his purpose in life and learns a lot along the way, grows old, and is reborn as a new puppy. Throughout the entire novel, the dog's spirit remains the same since he remembers his past lives and things he's learned. We see the same dog spirit as four different dogs, both male and female, as well as different breeds and lifestyles. As the novel progresses, the dog remembers his past lives and works through figuring out his purpose in life.
From the moment I started this book, I loved it! It is comical at times, sometimes sad, and it's entertaining to read about the actions of humans from an animal's perspective. I enjoyed reading about the dogs in this book and I think I enjoyed Ellie's story most, probably because we owned a German Shepard/Husky mix a long time ago and it made me remember her a little bit more. We currently have one cat and hearing about cats from a dog's perspective is hilarious and spot-on! I loved this book and am excited to see the movie to see how the story has been adapted. If you currently own a pet, or have in the past, this book is a must-read. I think anyone who's owned a dog at some point will love this book. I already purchased the sequel, A Dog's Journey, and am excited to read that book too! This book is very highly recommended for all animal lovers!
Thank you to Bruce Cameron for your brilliant mind to write such a heartwarming book for us pet lovers - once again, your book helped me through the most difficult time I have had in my life - I read it in one day.
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I really loved this book. Bailey is an amazing dog who narrates the story and really gets into your heart and I loved hearing his thoughts and his perspective on the world. Poignant and affecting it reflects on life and the biggest question of all; what is our purpose? The author captures the simple love and trust a dog has for its owner that will warm your soul. It very much reminded me of Garth Stein’s Art of racing in the rain, and is so much more than a cute dog story but a reflection on life, the things that make it worthwhile and also learning to let go. I find the idea of reincarnation fascinating - there comes a time when pet owners have to let go of their beloved pets, but imagine if this wasn’t goodbye forever? I felt the full range of emotions reading this, (I laughed and cried!) but closed the book feeling I had read something extra special that I won’t be parting with. Tissues recommended……
(Having since seen the film I would strongly recommend that too – it was just brilliant!)
It is written in the first person of the lead character. ...a dog. This dog lives and dies and is reincarnated several times. We are told how different people treat the dog, some good and some bad. The dog learns different things in each reincarnation.
The story mostly focusses on the second incarnation....when the dog (then named Bailey) is lucky enough to find a happy home with a boy named Ethan. This is the best part of the book. But Ethan's life is not without tragedy and he is seriously injured in an arson attack, after which he has to give up many of his hopes and dreams, and goes on to lead a less fulfilling life. When he is about 18 Bailey dies and is reincarnated and has new owners. I confess I skipped on to a later incarnation in which the reincarnated Bailey finds his way back to a now elderly Ethan. As in the film this all works out well and the reincarnated Bailey brings Ethan happiness in his later years....but then right as the end, when the book seems set to have a happy ending...it diverges from the film and has horrible end in which Ethan has a stroke and dies all alone in the house, with only the reincarnated Bailey there. It isn't even clear in the book whether Ethan ever truly recognizes his final dog as being the reincarnation of Bailey. So whereas the film has a happy and uplifting ending, in which Ethan clearly recognizes Bailey and both are alive....the ending of the book is hollow and upsetting. It seemed cruel to me and the makers of the film were very wise not to go down the same route.!
Finally then, although the book is okay until the last 15 to 20 pages, unless you happen to like unhappy endings you'd do better to go for the film, which is much better.
This book helped me on many levels, and was such a good read , at one point i was in tears and less than 10 minutes later was laughing,
I would recommend this book to any animal lover or anyone who is just feeling a bit down.
This book came into my life just when i needed it most so big thank you to w.bruce cameron you helped me keep living , i was so close to calling it a day at the age of 32, now i have the strength to keep going in the hope one day i might meet gotti again in this life or the next.
The story of a Good Dog, written from his perspective, was so engaging. Whether he was thinking about his humans, what he was supposed to be learning or why cats are so pointless, I couldn't help but think about my own dog and whether he thinks about things in the same way.
The focus is on finding his purpose over the course of a number of lives and reincarnations, each time remembering what he had already learned about himself, his people and how to open a gate. This knowledge was then used to enable him to be a 'better' dog each time and undertake some important jobs, including being a search and rescue dog, but mainly just completely loving his boy.
It's not often nowadays that I find a book I want to re-read, but this is definitely one of those.
To those who said its sometimes depressing, I can only say it is often wonderful too. Life is like that, so it is realistic.
I' Ve just watched the film, and while I loved it, it was a very compressed version of the book, so much had to be left out, films being so expensive to make.
All of W Bruce Cameron's dog books are the best thing ever, there is no way I can describe how much I love them.
I hope very much they can all be made into films But with far more detail from the books included.
I will buy any book this man writes.