Monday, February 20, 2012

'The Art of Racing in The Rain

'The Art of Racing in the Rain'
When a member of our book club suggested we read this book I have to admit I was a little skeptical upon hearing it was written from a dog's perspective. I imagined a flowery and silly book without much substance.
My husband suggested we read the book together, out loud, alternating chapters. He can be so sweet! He worries about my eye strain and he knows once I start a book, even if I don't like it, I will usually finish reading to the end.
We crawled into bed on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon, with Charli snuggled between us, and started reading. After the first chapter we both were hooked. We could not put the book down.
'The Art of Racing in The Rain', written by Garth Stein, will most likely leave you wanting a dog or hugging the one you have just a little tighter. If you love animals I think you will enjoy this book. In fact the book has become so popular with readers that it is now being made into a movie. I have included the link here if you would like to take a peek http://youtu.be/zZ0CTcU0Fd0
I think what makes 'The Art of Racing in The Rain' so special is the fact that it is written from a dog's perspective. Garth Stein makes his book come to life in a very creative and believable way.
Enzo is the dog who is the narrator of this story. He is a highly intelligent pooch who has educated himself by listening to people and watching programs on TV. Enzo is a philosopher who believes that there is life after death. He believes that if dogs are ready they can come back as men.
Enzo is frustrated because he wants to be able to communicate and do all of the things that men can do, but of course he is unable to do so, being the dog that he is. I think this song might explain it best. It's called Enzo's song and you can listen to it by clicking this link http://www.garthstein.com/media/video/enzos_song.php
'The art of Racing in The Rain' is a heart warming book that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. It is a book about love, faith, and family that is inspiring, at times heartbreaking, and still other times down right funny.
The book centers around Denny who is an up and coming race car driver. Denny has always wanted a dog and he chooses Enzo. From a puppy through old age Enzo and Danny are inseparable. People come and go throughout the book but the one thing that never changes is the special bond and relationship between Denny and Enzo. They also share Denny's passion for race car driving.
Denny marries Eve and they have a child. We learn of all of these things through Enzo. We, as the reader, experience the joy, sadness, happiness, challenges, and success's of this family through this beloved dog.
When tragedy hits the family Enzo is helpless to do anything but be supportive to Danny. Enzo admires Danny's ability to cope and believes that it's Danny's skills as a race car driver that has made him stay so strong and focused. When Danny finally falters under the pressure and thinks about giving up it is Enzo who helps him get back on track in the ways only a dog can do.
When Enzo comes to the end of his life he doesn't want to leave Danny but he wants to go on to what he believes will be his new life. He wants to be able to run and not be in pain any more. It is Danny who holds him, comforts him, and tells him it's OK to go.
Danny continues through life never forgetting his beloved dog Enzo. Then in the end of the book something extraordinary happens! I'm not sharing it with you here though because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who wants to read it.
With warmest regards, Carol

5 comments:

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Carol, this book sounds wonderful... I will put in on my list... Thank's so much for sharing. Now I must go give Jasper and Zoe a BIG hug!
Blessings,
Penny

Madeline's Album said...

Thank you for the wonderful book review. I have no dog to give a hug so please give Charli one from me. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Vee said...

I'm going to go check your links. You've made me want to read it!

JG said...

You have a very thoughtful hubby! :)
~Judy

Belgie said...

Beautifully written. The title grabs motorsports enthusiasts but this is not a book about racing. It is about love, loss, redemption, and being the kind of person our dogs believe we are. I finished it in a night. The racing sequences are accurate and unintrusive on the main story. Enzo is one of the best characters to come along in a long time.

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