“Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. And while I occasionally step over the line and into the world of the melodramatic, it is what I must do in order to communicate clearly and effectively.”
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
Written in the first person, we are invited to follow lab terrier mix Enzo as he tells the story of his life with his master Denny and his family. As a pet lover I often wondered how our lives would appear to our furry friends who only share a short time span with us. Mr. Stein gives Enzo a distinctive voice that makes it very believable you’re listening to a dog and not a human being. A philosophical and educated dog – nota bene. Nevertheless also a frustrated and helpless companion who suffers with his master through what live dishes up at them. I read some remarks about the story being too dramatic to which I can’t agree. Mr. Stein writes very vividly and with great attention to details without being boring. Although this is for most parts a sad story, it’s also very funny at times. You don’t have to be a pet lover nor a car-racing enthusiast to enjoy this book.