The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein was a rather interesting novel. First, it’s told from the dog’s point of view. This provides an interesting way of telling the story. The main character is Enzo the dog. His owner, Denny, is a race car driver/instructor/sales person at a high end car dealer. Enzo witnesses Denny’s life from the time he gets married to having their first child and the problems that then ensue.
This was a well told story. You certainly have to set aside the idea that a dog can narrate a story and that he can be as self-aware as he is being a dog. Get beyond that and look at the story itself. It is a touching story about the drama of life. The characters are fairly well developed. A few of the more minor characters felt a little flat but it wasn’t enough to detract from the story.
I think the only thing I didn’t like as much was the ending. It just felt a little too predictable. But, seeing as it is the ending, I can’t say much more or I’ll ruin it. So, go read it. It is worth the read.