Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Book 55 of 52 -- Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain

I rarely take the recommendation of my sister with stuff that she likes, because she likes country music... a lot, but for some reason, I decided to try this book.

On the eve of his death, Enzo (a dog) tells what amounts to his master's life story.

Stein's attention to detail was amazing - the book read like it was written by somebody who took the time to stop and think "what would a dog feel/do in this situation?"

As a result, Enzo is memorable and lovable.

He's at once a crotchety old man, and an innocent youth.

He's wise, he's naive, and he is devoted.

I'm not going to lie to you, this book is very sad, but it is also laugh out loud funny at times, and filled with love, devotion, philosophy and hopefulness.

It's a beautiful book and definitely one of my favorites of the year.

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