A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
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, W. Bruce Cameron's 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.
I came across this book on gilda_elise's journal and liked the sound of it so thought I'd give it a go. I've read a couple of this kind of book about dogs, albeit not told from the dog's POV, and whilst I've enjoyed them I can't say I've been captivated by them. I was hoping this book would be different.
And for the most part it was. It drew me in, it captured my imagination and my emotions. It made me smile, it made me cry, it moved me, it touched me, it certainly was heart-warming and it was very real, believable (for the duration of the book) and tangible. It would be wonderful to think this kind of thing happened, that our beloved pets went on to become someone else's beloved pet - yet also that part is heartbreaking as the book showed.
It was feel-good book and it really was lovely and so very different to see us humans and our relationships from a dog's perspective. Despite how much I enjoyed it, I'm not certain I will read the sequel, I fear it might be a bit of a let-down as I feel this book is a one-off. However, we'll see how I feel later on in the year - and maybe after I've seen what Gilda has to say about it *g*