Notes on A Dog's Purpose
Sorry, been away from the blog for a while (been super busy IRL).
I did read a wonderful book a while ago that I wanted to post my notes on. It was A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I knew I had to read it simply from the cover (I think the dog shown is my favorite breed: Neapolitan Mastiff); in this case, I truly judged the book by its cover.
It was a tear-jerking story told from the perspective of a dog (it's subtitle is "a novel for humans"). I really liked how changing the storyteller to a dog allowed the author to make some interesting commentary on our behavior as human beings.
This was the second book I've read that was "written" by a dog (the first one was The Art of Racing in the Rain. I liked this book just as much. The interesting twist of this book was how the same dog "soul" was reincarnated from "life" to "life" and learned lessons along the way that allowed it to play a pivotal role in saving people's lives and bringing people to love. That was awesome. It was also fun to play "detective" as it took a bit of thinking to figure out what was "happening" from the human perspective since the only clues given in the book are what the dog could sense and understand.
You clearly have to be a dog lover to want to read a book all about a dog's life, but I encourage those who want to consider their dogs from a new perspective (and gain more appreciation for them) to check this book out.
My full notes are below.
7/17/2013 07:59:06 pm
thank you for making a good read here on the new book. this is something different that you have tried uo here. the article is really good and the way you had made up the concept of a dog thoughts is really good. thank you for the perfect read
2/26/2015 11:09:37 am
Your notes were really useful. Thank you very much
3/17/2015 11:46:11 pm
I read the book last year, recommended it to my book club who is reading it for the April meeting. I enjoyed your summary and review as it was a great refresher so I didnt have to reread the book. Loved your notes at the end, VERY helpful!
11/16/2015 03:14:17 pm
These spark notes help(ed) a lot, like you don't even know. I didn't have to read the book over and over again, thanks!
3/21/2016 05:54:40 pm
thanks i didnt have to actually read!!!!!!!! lol
2/26/2017 06:41:22 pm
me too lol
3/1/2017 12:19:37 pm
Hi, there's just one thing I can't get my head around. In the last chapter, was Ethan hallucinating when he addressed Buddy as Bailey? Or did he somehow figure out the dog was indeed Bailey; if so, how?
1/22/2019 03:23:28 pm
i know i’m late, but i have a book report due tomorrow and i haven’t finished this book. thank you for literally saving my life with these notes
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