Don’t you love it when you read a book that totally captures you and you have trouble putting it down? This is the joy of reading.
I just finished the book, The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein. As this book was published in 2009 I’m a little “late to the game” as they say, but I believe this is a timeless novel. What makes it special is that it is narrated through the eyes of Enzo, a dog.
Yes, you all know I’m a cat person, but no one can help but fall in love with Enzo. With his humor and love he leads us through the life and dreams of his owner, Denny, making us both laugh and cry with his heartwarming insight.
Being a TV & video watching dog, he once viewed a documentary from Mongolia that said when a dog is finished with his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man. So Enzo is trying to learn and remember as much as he can as he believes he will become a man in his next life and he wants to be ready. Along the way he offers us many wise lessons that he has learned, such as “That which you manifest is before you”. This is to remind us to take charge of our life and not to feel like we are a victim of circumstance or fate.
Denny is a race car driver and there are many references about racing, but it is woven into the storyline, never becoming a distraction. There seems to be a long coming movie in the works for 2014 starring Patrick Dempsey. He is a good choice for the main character and I hope the producers do justice to the book and not make it a Disney type movie.
This is such a wonderful book and I highly recommend reading it. (warning, you will need tissues at times, especially at the end). It will affect you on many levels, least of all touching on our secret longing for our pets to have the ability to talk to us!