I’m one of those people who always has a few books on the go. I might have mentioned before that I’m currently reading Dance with Dragons, the fifth instalment in the hugely popular A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but since it’s over 1000 pages (as are nearly all of the novels in the series) sometimes I feel like I need a break. I’ve taken a reading hiatus in the middle of four out of the five books (with the exception of Clash of Kings and afterwards my brain was so burnt out I stopped reading for months – I was mentally exhausted). The Art of Racing in the Rain was being passed around my office last month and it got to me at just the right time – I was ready to take a vacation from Westeros for a week, so off I went on my journey with Enzo, the race car-loving dog.
What can I say about this book? It was a really fast read – if I had the time I would have been able to read through it in a couple of hours. It’s told by Enzo, who is a dog nearing the end of his life (cue the waterworks). He takes us back through the time he’s spent with Denny, his owner, and the family that Denny creates for them both. I won’t get into what happens in the meat of the book – you’ll have to check it out and see for yourself! – but believe me, it’s worth it.
This was another one of those novels that made me think, even though it was a work of complete fiction. Listening to Enzo tell of what he did during the day while Denny and his family was out living their human lives made me wonder: “What’s Diefenbaker doing right now? Is he sleeping? Staring out the window? Annoyed at the constant meowing of the cats?” It made me wonder if he really did think about things the way Enzo did – was he tired of eating the same food all the time? Did he miss us we aren’t home? It made me a little sad to think that most of his time is spent alone inside and I resolved to spend as much time with him as I can. The Art of Racing in the Rain did a perfect job of capturing the love and affection bestowed on us by man’s best friend and I found myself making a silent promise to always give the same to my version of Enzo.
Keeping up with my “read at least one book per month” non-resolution, this month’s book was Beautiful Creatures (which I’ve already started and finished and will review at a later date). I’m still on a hiatus from Westeros, but the Game of Thrones television series starts again in two weeks (!), so I’m sure I’ll be back “vacationing” there soon. I hope you’re reading something awesome, too!
Until next time!
Cyn (& Dave)