A Dog’s Purpose by W.bruce Cameron – a book review

18 Mar

Considering this is another dog related book that i have read, and really enjoyed, i though i would share with you my thoughts.

 

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I read this book within two days because it was really good (it probably helped that i had a long train journey as well). At first i thought it was going to be boring as i initially found it difficult to get into, however as i carried on reading i found myself enjoying it more and more.

Reviews have referred to this book as being similar to Marley and Me, and it is, in the way that you fall head over heels in love with the dog, laughing and crying along his journey. What makes this book different is that it is told completely from the point of view of the dog, giving the reader a new insight into the world of dogs (or at least, what we believe it would feel like). The language is beautiful and overall the book is very cleverly written.
As mentioned before, this story is told through the eyes of the dog. We follow him as he fulfills three different lives (being reincarnated each time) in search for his “purpose”. Initially he begins his life as a stray mutt who is found and rescued only to be put down as he is considered adoptable. His life (and the real story) begins when he is reincarnated as a golden retriever and finds his soul mate “the boy”. “This was, i decided, my purpose as a dog, to comfort the boy whenever he needed me”. In his next life he becomes a female German shepherd who is trained to be a search and rescue dog. Still he is reincarnated once more, unsure of what his purpose could be after all that he has already done. He doesn’t have the best start in life this time, and ends up being starved and dumped. Everything comes together once more when he finds “the boy” who is now an old man. he finds his purpose when he realizes that his job was never to simply comfort or to find people, but to save them and ultimately, he fulfills his purpose.
If you liked Marley and Me or any other dog story, this one is worth picking up and having a read. This book had me smiling, laughing and tearing up all within the space of a couple of hours reading (embarrassing when on a train), so before you settle down to read this great book, you had better make sure you have some tissues on stand by.
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