DESTIN LIBRARY BOOK REVIEW: A dog’s life on display in ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

Laura Hall, As the Page Turns

For April, The Page Turners book club chose to read, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by American author and film producer Garth Stein.

This book is narrated by Enzo, a dog belonging to a Formula One race car driver, Denny Swift.  This book remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for 158 weeks. 

Enzo is an older dog at the beginning of the book but is not afraid of death as he has seen a TV documentary based on the Mongolian belief that good dogs will reincarnate as a man. 

The Seattle Times says “Enzo is wickedly observant” seeing things that the humans around him miss. The book is filled with Enzo watching race car driving on television and feeling it is similar with the ups and downs experienced through life. Enzo growls over the fact that he does not have the thumbs that would enable him to pick up things like humans are capable of doing.

The book, which is available for check out at Destin Library, is filled with love, devotion, death and betrayal.  I think both race car drivers and people who love dogs will enjoy this book. 

The Page Turner members who were present at the meeting gave the book six and one half thumbs up and two thumbs down. One comment was the book was overly sad and page after page brought new heartache. There were some funny parts, and the joy expressed by Enzo as he raced in the car with Denny was enough to make you clap your hands and forget your choked-back tears.

After reading this book I must admit when I look into the soulful eyes of Annie, my Cavalier King Charles, it makes me often question how much of her I am missing.

The book chosen for the month of May is an older classic, “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck. For the next six months, the reviews will be handled by Tina Kaple, Destin Library Book Club facilitator, or Marilyn Schroer, a Page Turner member.