A heart-warming and inspirational tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together.
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life.
Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a testament to a man’s life, given by his dog. But it is also a testament to the dog, himself. Though Enzo cannot speak, he understands everything that happens around him as he bears witness to his master’s problems. His enforced muteness only refines his listening ability, and allows him to understand many of life’s nuances that are lost on most humans. With humour, sharp observation, and a courageous heart, Enzo guides the reader to the bittersweet yet ultimately satisfying conclusion: there are no limitations to what we can achieve, if we truly know where we want to be.
This may possibly be the hardest book I’ve ever had to blog about so far. It was pretty unanomous that this was one of our most boring and pointless books we have ever read.
During our one and a half hour meeting we discussed this book for approximately fifteen minutes. (Nightmare for a book group leader!) Personally, I didn’t think it was too bad but once I’d listened to some of the comments from the other members I’m afraid that I had to agree. It really lacked in everything. Now, I’m not one for just moaning on and nit picking all the faults of a book so I simply won’t. Our group didn’t enjoy it and we won’t be reading further books by this author either.
On a lighter note we then had to figure out what to discuss for the rest of the evening. Thanks to a great suggestion from a member of our group we decided to discuss our recent reads (among a few other things that can’t quite be mentioned on this blog!). As a group we each mentioned the current book we had on our bedside table so I thought I’d share these with everyone as they all came recommended from the reader. So, here’s the list:
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (children’s book from yours truly)
A nice mix of genres so take your pick and have a read. I do hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and here’s wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year.
See you all in 2014!