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5/30 Day Book Meme: A Book That Makes Me Happy

In which I answer somewhat rhetorical question.

Day 5: A Book That Makes You Happy:

Books that concern with human struggles and forces of humanity always find an audience in me. Literature is an imitation of life. Imagine life-stills stitched together in words on pages. Literature is the great school of motivation: it teaches us how, out of the complex welter of impulses churning within us, we make the choices that define us and seal our fate. Imagine how we grasp, response to, and make sense of the complex internal mix of feelings an author imbue to his/her characters. However excruciating or poignant the story might be, literature makes me happy. That said, I am not going to be philosophical with my selection today.

A book without Morrison’s unrealistic elements and realistic presentation of life, Faulkner’s meticulous attention to diction and cadence, Ishiguro’s technique to allow his characters to reveal their flaws implicitly—can still be a satisfying read. Sometimes a book with direct, linear plot give me a very touchy feeling. Books that involve animals, especially dogs, always touch me because I have a misgiving that as loyally and mindfully as my dog clings to me, I can never carry on a meaningful conversation with him like I do with humans. Dogs are extremely receptive to sounds and scent, which establish a basis of their acumen in memory. By separating nuances of scents and distinguishing sounds that take a long time to find our noses and ears, dogs commit into memory that help identify a threat or a treat. Dogs are keen observers: when they tilt the head, prick the ears, and gauge the content of human exchanges, they are watching us.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is lighter than the tear-jerking, nose-blowing The Art of Racing in the Rain. It is a remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for purpose over the course of four lives. It touches on the universal, rhetorical question that has puzzled philosophers over time: Why are we here? As much as he was taught to avoid men at all costs, the dog’s fate is inextricably linked with theirs, feeling their pain, sharing their joy, and sensing their inner sadness. For all of us dog owners, our pet are destined to be entwined with our lives. Some of us cannot get over losing our pet, but ironically they are made therapists to cheer up the sick.

5 Responses

  1. Love this post! But I tend to prefer books about dogs that are silly, like the dogs as detectives, because the “real” ones get me so emotional!!!

  2. I haven’t read this but I know I need to. I love my “puppies” (5 and 7.5…not really puppies) who have gotten me through so much.

  3. […] 5: A book that makes you happy A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce […]

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