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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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May 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, book-club, fiction
Read in April, 2009 — I own a copy

I was unsure about whether I would enjoy this book because I detest racing, but that is a peripheral theme in this amazing novel. What makes this book shine is its unique narration, from the perspective of a dog, Enzo. As Enzo perceives his life with Denny, his family and their struggles, Enzo also offers humorous commentary on a dog’s life: lack of opposable thumbs, inability to communicate with speech, his envy of human capacities and his hope to be reincarnated as man. Enzo’s relationship with Denny is the heart of this book, and Enzo’s perception of Denny’s tribulations is a portrait of honesty and loyalty. As for the racing aspect, it is more used in metaphorical statements about control and life, so I did not feel for a moment that it detracted from my enjoyment of this incredibly well written story. Highly recommended!

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