|I couldn't resist.|
If I gave away too many more details I would be spoiling some of the best parts of the book. I will say that the special relationship Enzo maintains with each different family member was remarkable. He knew when to play gentle with the toddler, how hard or soft he should nuzzle Eve after she returned home from one of her cancer treatments and even how to offer solace to a grieving husband and father. The Art of Racing in the Rain makes it seem totally plausible that animals (well, dogs) can understand our conversations and even our relationships. The absurdity of a dog processing human language and interactions takes a back seat to the profound insight being offered. Loyalty, love and even some humor make this book a wonderful lesson in what is important in life. All through the eyes of a dog, that is.
While researching the book, I found that Garth Stein used to be a documentary film maker. It was in his role as a film maker that he heard about a famous legend in Mongolia. It is a legend about what happens to a dog once it dies. It was this legend that lead Stein to write this book some ten years after he initially heard it. I think when an author has something gnaw at him or her like that for such a long time, it usually leads to something extraordinary. You can click on the video book trailer below and see for yourself.