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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of  Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
Harper 2008
ISBN 978-0-06-153796-7

     Enzo, a free thinking dog, tells the story of his life with the Swift family. His master, Denny, is a race car driver, who in all actuality is more up and down then successful. His wife Eve comes on the scene after Enzo has been around for awhile and then Zoe comes along to complete their family. Enzo becomes ill and proceeds to go back and tell of his life before and after Eve and Zoe. This canine friend is quite the philosopher and has a way of making you stop and think about life. He is known to be quite critical at times and is adept at stating the way things should have been, at least as he sees them.
     Anyone who owns a pet or is a pet lover can easily relate to the behind the scenes vocalizations of Enzo. Many of us have probably wondered what our pets were thinking as they watched from the side lines. The author elicits many emotions while reading this story. You may laugh, cry, become angry and maybe even a little self righteous at times.  I did, however, want to nudge the story line. There was a little to much mention of the race car scene to suit me and felt the story dragged just a bit. I also found the talking dog narrator a little too hokie for my taste. All in all though it was not a bad story.


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