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A Dog's Purpose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

120 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

What a treasure. Amazing, uplifting, life changing.

I have a friend who works in a book store who has never once offered me an "advance reader copy" of a book, but that changed with A Dog's Purpose. "You have to read this NOW" she told me. So I was lucky enough to read this amazing novel before its release, and I could...
I have a friend who works in a book store who has never once offered me an "advance reader copy" of a book, but that changed with A Dog's Purpose. "You have to read this NOW" she told me. So I was lucky enough to read this amazing novel before its release, and I couldn't agree more. You should RUN to get this book, it is simply one of the most amazing novels of all time. I've never read a book in my life where I am so immediately sure that 100 years from now people will still be talking about this book, it is the "To Kill a Mockingbird" of our time, the novel that will define what literature could be and was during the first years of this century.

The plot sounds simple: a wonderful dog has successive lives, reborn again and again, certain that the reason it keeps having new lives is because it has some purpose to fulfill. I say "it" because the dog is both a female and male during its lives, but by the end you will become so attached to the character of this canine, so fascinated and enthralled and in love with him/her, you will wish this book didn't have to end.

But it isn't simple, anymore than life is simple: this is a rich, deep, complex story, a story that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

Disclosure: I loved "Marley & Me" and I love "The Art of Racing in the Rain," so obviously I like dog books. But this is no ordinary dog book. It completely redefines "dog book" and goes where neither of those two books ever went--into the soul of the dog, into the heart of the dog.

I'm worried I'm not doing this book justice. But I'm not THAT worried, because the great novels of history always prevail and this is one of those. Other dog books eventually fade away, but A Dog's Purpose is forever.

I probably will read this book at least once a year for the rest of my life.

posted by Maddy_Phillips on June 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This is probably the best book I've ever read.

There is a reason that this has 5 solid stars. It's because it's a fantastic read. Thank you W. Bruce Cameron. Brought me lots of laughter, tears & memories of my good old dogs over the years. I borrowed this on my nook through the Lend Me feature at Barnes & Noble and ...
There is a reason that this has 5 solid stars. It's because it's a fantastic read. Thank you W. Bruce Cameron. Brought me lots of laughter, tears & memories of my good old dogs over the years. I borrowed this on my nook through the Lend Me feature at Barnes & Noble and wanted to thank you and the publisher for this. I am purchasing the ebook today and will loan it out immediately and I'm sure whomever gets it, will do the same thing. My boys will be getting the hardback for Christmas. A complete joy to read and I didn't want it to end. Again, thank you.

posted by crabsomatic on September 30, 2010

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I think my expectations for this book were set to high. I expec

    I think my expectations for this book were set to high. I expected something along the lines of ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’. This book, while very funny at a few points, was just flat to me. I am a big fan of the writing style (writing from an animal’s point of view) but this book just didn’t impress me much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Not so good

    I was hoping it was more like Racing In The Rain

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Disappointed.

    Having read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and being a major dog person, I was looking for another book that was not only entertaining but was written in a dog's "voice". This book was not only boring but didn't seem to accomplish its mission, of conveying the idea that it was a dog actually telling the story. I didn't finish it and deleted it from my Nook. That should tell you enough, unfortunately.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    So=So

    Very much enjoyed the Bailey section and thought the author had great insight into dog behavior, but was a little too cutesey for me. Wont real another of his

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

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    This is a really nice book! 1334802331609

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Elemetary level book

    While the author wrote with emotion, it was a book better aimed at 3rd-5th grade level audience. Very disappointing and costly.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    An interesting read

    This book is written from the perspective of the dog. I laughed and cried throughout this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Sad!

    One of the reviews sad that this book was not sad like "Marley and Me", thinking this was one of those happy go lucky stories I went for it. Very touching story but also sad, just be prepared.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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