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A Dog's Purpose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

128 out of 134 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 October 10, 2014

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    Recommend

    Gives you a perspective of what your dog may be thinking.

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  • Posted October 5, 2014

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    An OK read, but a little contrived and simplistic.

    I have to admit that this time around I did not finish this book but this was a second read for me and as I got about 2/3 of the way through it I remembered what happened so I moved on to something else. This book is OK; but written very simplistically and to be honest was a little boring; I found myself skimming along because the writing was just so redundant and I found the incidences that happened a little too unbelievable and thought the author was more trying to tug at the heart strings than anything else. It bothered me that the dog main character in the story seemed to know human terms, phrases, and words just as a matter of course. I think it would have been more successful if the dog referred to some items/objects with special canine vocabulary and not our words for it, it that makes sense. Something along the line of how the rabbits in "Watership Down" refer to an automobile as a "hrududu"; it just lends itself more to authenticity and credibility. Also was puzzled how the dog kept being reborn in a different guise but still could remember certain items from it's past lives, though this did make sense considering how the book ended. Overall, an OK read, but I doubt I will pursue other works by this writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Conn

    Meow

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Sweet

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Human

    Gtggtggtg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Dog

    Well i am onling in the very beging but it is very confusing me i am llike what

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Kleenex anyone?

    If you are a dog lover and/or owner, this book will leave you with watery eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    ?

    Whoever mahmah is, dogs are very intelligent and many times can be smarter than us! Of coarse they think, and if you think they can`t think than maybe you dont know as much about dogs as you think you do. You are stupider than the dumbest dog there is if you think they aren"t smart!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Potatoes

    Potatoes

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Too many books from the dog's mouth

    I've read two other books from the dog's perspective so maybe I've just reached my limit. There were parts of this book I liked, but I got bored with it pretty quickly. I'm not sure I would have finished it if my book club hadn't selected it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Not yet finished

    I haven't quite finished reading this book, but find it endearing and quite fun to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    A fun book to read if you are a dog lover.

    I liked the book, alhough I don't yhink it was as great as some peolpe. do. I've had dogs since I was a kid. If you're not dog owner or dog lover, yo may not find it as interesting. But, the foucs pof the book, that dogs need a purpose, is on the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Gtug

    Hfyg

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Fetch Boy, Fetch

    Cute book. Written the way we would love to believe the circle of life would be meant for. Move over Rin Tin Tin and Old Yellar. Theres a new dog story im town.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Endearing, but tended to repeat itself

    I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I would. The premise is endearing, and the story moved me to tears in several places, but then in several spots the story lagged and almost felt simplistically repetitive. I think it is worth the read, but probably not one I would read again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Cute

    This was a cute, fun book to read if you aren't in the mood for anything "heavy".

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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