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A Dog’s Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

PBR Book Review:

This heartwarming story is a must read for animal lovers and especially for those who have lost a pet. If you liked The Art of Racing in the Rain, then you'll surely find this book enjoyable. The premise of the book is a dog reincarnated several times as he searches for his purpose in life. Each time the dog is reincarnated you're introduced to a new loveable personality that will burrow into your heart. The author does a fantastic job describing the bond between dogs and humans. This book will make you laugh and cry. It's not to be missed!

Book Club Talking Points:

Book Clubs will enjoy discussing this book because it touches upon many topics related to finding meaning and purpose in life. Dog lovers will love discussing the relationship between humans and animals.

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*Other Books by Same Author: A Dog’s Journey, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, The Dogs of Christmas, Emory’s Gift, 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, How to Remodel A Man.

*Discussion Questions

1. Talk about how Bruce Cameron uses point of view to find both humor and pathos in his novel.

2. Follow-up to Question 1: How well does the author do in his ability (or not) to mimic what a dog might (might!) be thinking? Is there a certain credibility, or not, to the novel's premise—a thinking dog?

3. Talk about Bailey's feelings toward the cat Smokey. Agree...disagree? In other words are you a cat or a dog person. Or maybe you're both.

4. What is the problem with Todd, and why does his sister save Bailey? Why did Todd take Bailey in Chapter 9?

5. What gives humans purpose in life...and what ultimately does Bailey come to see as his purpose? Is it any different than what our purpose in life might be?

6. Are you a proponent of reincarnation? For humans...or pets?

7. Talk about sociopaths and their treatment of animals. Do some research and talk about the disorder and its diagnoses. Is Todd a sociopath?

8. Do dogs dream?

9. At one point, Bailey is reborn as a working dog. How do they, perhaps, differ from a normal pet, especially in terms of temperament and intelligence?

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Book Summary
Publisher: Forge Books – July 1, 2010 – Fiction – 336 pages, ISBN: 0765330342
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky. Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, 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, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
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