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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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Read from April 22 to 24, 2012

If you’ve pondered what your dog might say if he could talk to you or wondered what actually goes through those doggy brains, you might enjoy this book. Though Garth Stein does a pretty good job of thinking like a dog might, this is not a novel that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling when you finish it. Too many tragic and unhappy things occur in the life of the protagonist, dog owner Denny Swift. Enzo, dog of great insight and understanding, is destined to become a man in his next life and his preparation for that life while finishing his time as a dog is quite interesting. But if you prefer your animals to remain animals, even if they figure in an afterlife, you might find this theory objectionable. Still, this entertaining, if not entirely happy novel is humorous at times and will make you think twice about the animals you love.
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