My Rating: C+
Synopsis (from Amazon)
If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein’s third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off.
Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny’s old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man.
When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny’s bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama.
I know I will offend many of you but The Art of Racing in the Rain was not that good for me. This was the Book Group’s choice, not mine. I will agree that the writing was very good and the story was very creative. I’m sure it was a personal thing that kept me from enjoying the book. Reading a book written by a dog was a little over the top for me. Others, particularly dog lovers, find the book to be heartwarming, charming, and very funny. Unfortunately, not me. Garth Stein has a new book out and I think I’m going to give it a try.
Check your public library for this book. It’s also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)