Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

Summary from GoodReads: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoƫ at his side.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human only a dog could tell it.

I loved this book!  I am a dog lover who has owned dog for over 15 years and I have no kids.  My dogs have been my children and are treated as such.  I loved Enzo's thoughts, actions, emotions and philosophy!  He made me laugh out loud!  The story of his family made me happy, sad, angry and frustrated all at the same time.  It makes me wonder what happens to a dog's soul when they are no longer with us.  I know that I will met Brandy, Rusty and Simba again during my lifetime.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen this book around and it looks good:) A new follower btw, feel free to stop by and say hi!