Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reading: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a brilliant book!  There are so many "moments" that make this story come alive. The central character is Enzo, the canine companion of Denny, a professional race car driver. Enzo is a philosopher with a keen eye for observing human nature. Enzo may be a dog in this life, but he is planning on coming back as a human in his next one.

One my favourite of Enzo's observations comes when he is remembering his early days.  He distrusts medicine and shares his story of when the humans cut off his thumbs, aka dewclaws. The Doctor (Veterinarian) says to Enzo, "It's a mean bastard who won't pay for a little local anesthetic for his pups."  Enzo relates his version of the events, "Do you see?  That is why I distrust them.  It's a mean bastard who will do the cutting without anesthetic because he wants to get paid."

This book made me laugh, cry, and think.  I can't think of a better reason to recommend it than that!

Happy reading!

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