The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
It is with perfect clarity that Enzo recalls the details of his life ~at the end of his life. Enzo, who narrates this poignant story, is half Lab, perhaps part Airedale, as he liked to think.
Enzo learns from Denny as they live their life together dealing with love, illness, pain, fear and loss while sharing a love of racing, of speed. Enzo spends his life learning how to be human. He is certain it is his destiny to be human in his next life and eagerly looks forward to this. A television documentary he saw about Mongolia confirming feelings he already had made it clear ~when a dog finishes living, his next incarnation will be as a man.
Garth Stein writes Enzo’s point of view in an amazingly credible voice. I could tell he gave a lot of thought to how a dog uses his sense of smell, or how a dog intuitively knows what it is they know. And even what goes on behind those beautiful soulful eyes quietly observing us humans from across the room. At DogPawFile, we all write for our dogs. After two years of writing from Twinkle and Skye’s point of view, in their voice, with a persona they helped me create, this book for me was fascinating.
The story, as it evolves, is somewhat predictable, yet this reader became Enzo’s captured audience. The pages nearly turned themselves as through Enzo’s eyes, mind and heart ~ I lived his life.