Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Different Point of View

Finished July 2
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, performed by Christopher Evan Welch
I absolutely loved this book. It is told from the point of view of Enzo, a dog. Enzo, however is not an ordinary dog. He is very much a philosopher, who has educated himself by paying close attention to what the humans around him do, and by watching a wide variety of TV. Enzo's master, Denny Swift is a promising young race car driver, supporting himself by working at a luxury auto dealership in the parts department. Enzo has absorbed everything Denny knows about racing, because Denny talks to him about it and they watch tapes together.
Denny marries Eve and they have a daughter Zoё. But Eve falls ill and as her parents step in to assist with her care, Denny finds that they have taken over the most important thing in his life, his daughter and he must fight for her. Luckily, he has Enzo, who helps him in the most difficult moments, and prevents him from making bad decisions.
Enzo firmly believes that he will be reincarnated as a human, and I as a reader believed it as well. He is a wonderful character.

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