Monday, April 25, 2011

Enzo's World....A Dog's Life?

Today I shift gears to recommend a book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. This unique 2008 novel is told from the point of view of a dog named Enzo, who is owned by race car driver Denny Swift and his family. It's Enzo's belief that he will be reincarnated in his next life as a human, according to a Mongolian legend. Enzo narrates the story and relates his observations on life, love and being human. Along the way, we learn a lot about our human world as it's seen through Enzo's eyes. There are moments of joy, love, laughter & tears through this excellent novel.

To say too much more would spoil your enjoyment of this heartfelt, moving story. Enzo watches as the family goes through good times & bad, and is ever loyal, faithful and intelligent. Since Denny is a race car driver, there are a lot of metaphors for life viewed via the prism of racing. If you're an animal lover, this book will have additional resonance for you. But even if you're not an animal person, this spiritual and engaging story will touch your emotions and tug at your heartstrings. Highly recommended.

For more on the novel and its author, Garth Stein, please visit his site at:

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