I have been curious about this book for a very long time, and put it on my TBR list some time ago. Then the book club chose this as a book to read this year (we'll meet on it next week actually) and I was thrilled! I'm very curious to see what the others thought about it... but here's my take:
I'll tell you, I was well prepared with the tissues. All I had heard about it was that it was a great book and very very sad. While it's true that there are some very sad events that happen, I didn't need the tissues. It wasn't like that. Somehow, while acknowledging that I would be sad once or twice in the book - what happened in between those events made me so very angry that I wanted to yell at someone! Namely, two characters in the book - Denny's in laws. I don't remember the last time I was this angry at fictional characters! So, yeah, that happened. But I love when a book can get me all riled up.
The writing itself is very accessible, and the generally short chapters help make this a very quick read. I do love the character of Enzo and how human he is, while also making comments that remind us that he is, in fact, a dog. It is all pretty cleverly done. Enzo is fairly philosophical at times as well, mostly about human nature, and he's basically spot on. One quote that caught my attention:
"The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph." (p. 135)Pretty accurate, right?
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein