I finished this book days ago, actually, but lately I've gotten a little behind on blogging. In other words, expect a couple more reviews in the coming days — I have some catching up to do!
My husband, Michael, has been bugging me to read Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain for months now. He bought this book at Starbucks, of all places, and read it almost right away (a rarity for him). He's quite the dog person, so he loved it.
Basically, this novel is told from a dog's point of view — a very funny, very dog-like dog's point of view. It's amazing how easily you can picture the narrator's voice coming from a dog. It sounds just like what certain dogs I know would say if they could.
As Michael said, the heart of the book is some rather serious subject matter, but man does this dog have a good sense of humor! The witty comments provide excellent comic relief in all the right places.
I also really appreciated the fact that the main character (the dog's owner) is a race car driver who lives in Seattle. It's amusing and appropriate because before I was born, my dad was a race car driver who lived in Seattle. He never got into the big time stuff, of course, but still — it was a nice touch. Also, since my dad (naturally) was the one who taught me to drive, and since I've heard a lot of his racing stories, I was familiar with some of the concepts mentioned in the book (though by no means do you have to in order to understand and enjoy it).
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a pretty fast read, and I highly recommend it, particularly for dog lovers. The personality and voice of the narrator is so true to life — you'll love it!