I just recently joined a book club that a friend of a friend started. I am excited to have a reason to read some great books (I am notorious for starting books and never finishing them!) I am also looking forward to meeting some new people, and having an excuse to drink wine.
The first book on the reading list is The Art of Racing in the Rain. I don't usually gravitate towards dog books, but after reading the first 50 pages, I am completely enthralled. I don't know how it compares to other dog books, but Enzo has such an interesting perspective on things, and the story is really sweet. So far I would definitely recommend it!
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.