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A Dog's Purpose: A novel for humans [Paperback]

W. Bruce Cameron
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Book Description

5 July 2012 A Dog's Purpose (Book 1)

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.

But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144721062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447210627
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""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)

About the Author

W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which has turned into the hit television series. He has twice been voted the number one best humour columnist by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and his nationally syndicated column in the US is read by more than three million readers every week. He lives in California. Visit him at www.brucecameron.com and www.adogspurpose.com.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book ever! 17 Sep 2010
By Lizza
This book is absolutely fantastic, I have never experienced such emotion when reading a novel previously! This book is an absolute must for anyone who has ever loved a dog, its hearmwarming and brilliant and you can imagine your own dog having just the same musings as Bailey! We lost our family dog last year, a beautiful black Labrador but after reading this book I felt i had him back with me and I know he was as happy to have loved us as we were lucky to have loved him. If you dont read this you are depriving yourself of a truly beautiful experience!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster 24 Aug 2012
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I'll start by saying I am a dog lover but the idea of reading a book reading from a dog's perspective wouldn't be my usual choice of literature. However, I am so glad I read this book as it really is a marvellous read with my emotions veering between warm-hearted joy to being a bit tearful. I'll not spoil the plot but what you're going to get is a view of your life through the eyes of your dog and you'll be taken through a journey of self-discovery. I read it in just a couple of days as I didn't want to put it down and more than once I put the book down and just gave my dog a hug. Absolutely lovely.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAITHFUL FRIENDS 24 Jun 2012
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Books written from a dog's point of view seem to be the new fad. Having read a few "life from a dog's perspective" books I must admit that Cameron's A DOG"S PURPOSE is a delightful, clever change of pace. Rather than have one dog observing and commenting on the foibles of one owner, we have a dog who, through various incarnations, has many owners, returns as both male and female, and experiences the good and the bad, the triumphs and tragedies that each life brings, all the while gathering knowledge that will help in it's next life.

For this dog owner, my dogs are the faithful, loving friends and sympathetic nurses who offer their fluffy bodies and try to make me feel better when I am ill or just feeling down. They bring much happiness into my life without asking much in return. The thought that these "furry people" may have lived before and have returned with a little more knowledge and insight about their human counterparts is a thought I am prepared to entertain.

If I learned one important lesson from Toby/Ellie/Bailey/Buddy it is that true love and friendship never really dies, that we often receive our inspiration from unusual places, and that all of us, animal and human, were put on this earth for a purpose. Perhaps this book about a dog can help each of us answer that question that plagues us regarding our own mortality "Why am I in this particular place at this particular time and what should I be doing with my life?"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Dog Lovers Everywhere 20 July 2012
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OK: first things first - Marley and Me it ain't. However, and I loved Marley and Me, in some ways I enjoyed this more.

Written from the dog's perspective - I'm not using names, and once you read the book you'll see why - this is a heart-warming look at the relationship between dogs and human beings. The blurb on the rear cover gives some of the plot away, but the focus of the novel is summed up in the title, A Dog's Purpose. Dog owners will know how difficult it is to see their companion as just an animal, and this exploration of the world through a dog's eyes - and nose - reinforces our belief that dogs have a special place reserved for them, not just in our homes, but in our hearts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly for dog memoir lovers 15 Jun 2012
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
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"A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by a canine who finds himself reincarnated over and over again, always keeping his past memories. He speaks with an honest and blunt voice, and there's some laughs to be had from the way he sees the world (though it isn't a laugh-a-minute kind of book). The meshing of reality with anthropomorphism doesn't always feel smooth, though rare is the author who can avoid this.

I feel like I should have got a bit more enjoyment out of this book than I actually did. It may be that I read too fast and didn't absorb the story enough - it was fairly hooking, and I finished it within a day - but I think I've just had my fill of dog memoirs (fictional and non-fictional). But that isn't to deny this is a lovely book, and is sure to thrill lovers of the dog genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimentality for Dog Lovers. 11 Aug 2012
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Do dogs have souls? If W. Bruce Cameron is to be believed it seems they do. We follow through four reincarnations the soul of the same dog. He (or in one case, she) is seeking a purpose for his existence and in each life he learns something knew that will help him acheive his goal.
Yes, it's sentimental. Yes, it may well make some readers cry, but it's pretty well written and the storyline moves at a fairly good pace. You have to suspend belief, because the book is written in the first person singular. Dialogue by humans is quoted, but of course the dog doesn't understand a lot of it. It's a delicate line to walk, but it works here.
If you think Marley and Me from a dog's perspective you probably won't be far out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting tale of men's best friend 20 Oct 2011
By Ken
I saw this book back in December 2010 listed on the Top Dog Reads list on Goodreads. I was intrigued by the premise of a dog living multiple lives and decided to give it a go. The story is pretty simple, and is told from the view point of a dog that lives multiple lives trying to understand what his purpose is in this world. Each time he reborns, he would still remember his previous experiences and he would use these experiences to help him in various situations.

The main arc of the story is spent with the dog as Bailey and the boy Ethan. Cameron would describe in detail how they grew up, played and went through difficulties together. Anyone who's ever own a dog will definitely relate to this part of the story. It sure brought back many memories of me and my dog and all the great times that we had together.

Even though this entire story is told from the viewpoint of a dog, I enjoyed how the dog is still predominantly a dog. He acts like a dog and thinks like a dog. He might understand some human words like sit or fetch but still get confused where he is allowed to pee or what he's supposed to do.

Through the different lives, we explore the place that dogs have with us. Are they wild animals, best friends, work colleagues or pets that we can throw away? No matter how we treat them, the dogs ultimately want us to love them like they do us.

If you love animals and especially dogs then you will love this book. However I should warn you that there are a few heart wrenching scenes in this book and they may make you cry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Any dog lover will appreciate this book. You will never look at your dog in the same way again. Both happy and sad moments.A brilliant read. Did not want to finish it.
Published 20 hours ago by J. Warden
5.0 out of 5 stars Another's perspective.
This should be compulsory reading in schools, and the potential lessons to be learned from this work could go a long way to changing the world. Wonderful. Easy to read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Susie Albiston
5.0 out of 5 stars A dogs purpose
Best book ever!!! And more to come with A Dogs Journey. Cannot wait to see the film - tissues at the ready!
Published 6 days ago by Brenda Dodds
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Simply brilliant easy to read book with plenty of twists. Pleanty of laughs and an insight into a man's best friend
Published 7 days ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, funny and emotional
What a great read, I read the book because of the reviews and was not disappointed. It is not a deliberate pull on the heart strings book, although it does ..through a dogs eyes. Read more
Published 11 days ago by applepie
2.0 out of 5 stars Overly sentimental with few smiles or laughs.
I am a dog lover and enjoy reading dog stories and I thought this book would make for interesting reading……. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Harold Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
i really enjoyed this book. Quite a quirky way to present the lives of the dog. Good escapism. most dog lovers would enjoy it I think.
Published 14 days ago by Mrs. Marion C. Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good.
I just loved this book. It made Me laugh out loud and it made me shed a tear. You don't have to understand dogs to enjoy this book, not my usual genre but so glad I gave it a try.
Published 14 days ago by rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
Any dog lover should read this book,I laughed,I cried! One of those books you remember all your life n would read again n again!
Published 14 days ago by Mrs Susan smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A read to add to our understanding of our best friend
a lovely read, touching and a world away from the oft times violence and discord. An insight into the workings of a dof's mind
Published 23 days ago by Pat
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