While this book is a few years old, I heard so many great things about it that I thought I’d give it a go. And I was not disappointed, especially since a dog is the central character.
I finished the book last week and I’m still wishing there was more. You know that feeling, right? When you’ve been so pulled into a story it sticks with you even after the last page or long past the movie’s credit roll.
Published in 2008, followed by a 156 week coveted spot on the New York Times bestseller list, today’s FYB book review The Art of Racing in the Rain is a wonderful novel written from a dog’s point of view by American author and film producer Garth Stein.
The story is told by Enzo, a smart, TV watching, thoughtful Labrador Retriever mix who lives his life as a silent witness to the highs – and sometimes extreme lows – of his up and coming race car driving master Denny Swift’s life.
Through Enzo’s eyes, we see Denny fall in love with his wife Eve, the birth of their daughter Zoe, Denny’s struggle to make a name for himself as a race car driver and ultimately some unthinkable events that turn his world upside down and threaten to crush his spirit permanently. We also learn what life might be like for a dog who knows, sees and hears everything, but can’t do anything to help.
For me this story reinforces what we should all be doing, to never give up and always go after your dreams.
If you haven’t read this already, I definitely recommend it.
So far it’s funny and entertaining. And each day I’m looking forward to the next moment I have free to read. To me, that’s a sign of a good book and I’m hoping it continues.
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