Man's Best Friend Tells Like it is!

I just finished reading the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and I loved it! The story is told by Enzo, a mixed-breed dog adopted by Denny as a pup. If you are a racing fan it's a bonus as this book is full of racing history and technique. Enzo relays the story of Denny’s wife, Eve, who becomes sick and the affect this has on the whole family. I loved Enzo and the way he tells about his life (especially how he talks about what it's like to be a dog.) Without giving too much away it is a great story, and I am seriously considering naming my next dog Enzo.

 

There are other books in the library that tells the story through the eye of the family dog.  Two of my favorites are written by W. Bruce Cameron, who is the author of the popular book made into a TV series, 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter…


He is obviously a dog lover as well, writing A Dog’s Purpose in 2010. I admit this book did start out a bit slow, but as I was pulled along the story got better. Though this is the first book in a two part series (A Dog's Journey) I read it second but still enjoyed the story immensely. As a dog lover I was enchanted with the inner most thoughts of a dog, and often imagine my pets making the same kind of disparaging remarks about cats and people who aren't really "dog people". Recommended for any animal lover, it's a fast and amusing read. But have some tissue handy.

The sequel to A Dog’s Purpose is A Dog’s Journey. Again the author is able to write in first person, narrating the story as a dog would. More than a bit anthropomorphic in tone, it's OK by me. I loved the story of a faithful dog who is reincarnated over and over again to finish his purpose in life. It's a sweet book and often made me smile. SPOILER: Even when the dog died it was not too sad (no tears for me which is unusual) and Bailey, or Molly, or Max was back in what seemed like a flash for him (but not his humans). Really interesting concept.

JH

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