Happy Labor Day to all of my beautiful readers! After starting up my classes for the fall semester, I have decided to settle down in my cozy chair on the wonderful Monday morning and share with you a fantastic novel that I had the liberty of finishing this summer.
So I finished this book before the fall semester started, and I have to tell you that at first I was a bit skeptical. I was concerned mainly with the author’s ability to create a perspective novel from the view of an animal. Despite my initial feelings before I started the book, I opened to the first page with an open mind and was taken on a journey through the mind of a loyal, trusting dog.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a story that is told from a dog named Enzo, who lives with his owner Denny. Enzo loves his life with Denny and enjoys being a dog, but what he really desires to be is a human. He looks at his little family consisting of Denny, Eve (his wife) and Zoe (his daughter) with mixed emotions. As a dog, he loves his family and remains a loyal companion in the harshest times, but he envies Denny’s ability to walk, communicate, cook, and use his thumbs. He loves life, but cannot wait to be reborn again into a human’s body.
As much as Enzo desires to be a human, he understand that the life of a human being is not as simple, and sometimes not as enjoyable as he had hoped. He watches his family in both happy times, and in times of despair as this small, American family goes through some very harsh times that will put their faith to the test. Enzo and his family will experience some of the greatest joys and the biggest heart breaks of their lives as they try to understand life death, and the events that happen in between.
This book is pretty hard to describe because I fear that I will give certain events away that will ruin the story. What you need to know as a reader is that if you are looking for a book to put you through an emotional roller coaster, read this one. I think that Garth Stein did a good job at creating a novel that was a told from the perspective of a dog. While I was reading this book I couldn’t help but think about my own dogs. Reading this book was very refreshing to read. If you have time to get away from grading papers, or reading the young adult book your teaching in class, grab this one.