Dogs

Who Killed the Dog? Response to the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

Over the long memorial weekend that we had I had a some down time to read a short novel by Mark Haddon. The second book on my Summer Reading List (that keeps getting longer I might add) was Mark Haddon’s the curious ithe curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddonncident of the dog in the night-time.  The novel is 221 pages that is based on a story written by a young boy named Christopher.

Before I bought this book I had seen it advertised on my Goodreads account (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16274587-rebecca-lashmett) a few times and I never really had any interest to read it because of the fact that in the book, a dog is killed, and I don’t typically like movies or books that involved some sort of death with a dog. How the book ended in my hands after leaving a small book store in Wyoming is still somewhat of a mystery, but I love books so I didn’t concern myself to much with that.

Anyway!

So I read this short book and it really didn’t take a long time at all. I paced myself through this book and even though it was a short read, I do not regret that I read it. The book is a narration from a young boy named Christopher, who throughout the book encounters many things ranging from the murder of a neighbors dog, whether that day is going to be a good or bad day, how much he hates the color yellow and brown and being hugged or touched, the truth about his mother and her past, and succeeding in mathematics so that he can attend University. IMG_6631Christopher faces a lot of struggles in this book and as a reader we do not specifically know what disability Christopher has nor does it ever say what the disability specifically is although it is very obvious in the way that he writes this story that he does indeed have some type of disability.

I didn’t expect a lot of things that happened in this book to actually happen. We learn a lot about Christopher as a person in this book and I think it really was beneficial for me to read because it gives you an idea of how some kids truly do think and see the world. The book did have it’s problem areas that I think contributed to the overall flow the writing that this book had, but I think that it was made to be that way so the reader gets a solid idea of how this young man thinks. The book received some harsh criticism on Goodreads, but in my personal opinion I thought it was a good read and it was enjoyable until the end despite the writing being “choppy” at times.

New Thoughts About Rain; Response to Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain

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.

TheArtofRacinginRainAs 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. IMG_4859Reading 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.