Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

the art of racing in the rain
garth stein
c. 2008
336 pages
completed 4/1/2009

read for: TBR challenge

*may contain spoilers*

This is the second book in a row now that I've read where other people have absolutely RAVED and I've been less than thrilled. I suppose this is an interesting concept, reading the story of Dennis Swift, his marriage to Eve and his fight for his daughter Zoe, as seen through the eyes of Enzo the family dog. And all the talk about race car driving and comparing it to life was different. But unfortunately, to be totally honest, I was bored. By the end of the book I was skipping skimming over all Enzo's rhapsodizing about how he was more man than dog, and even a lot of the race car stuff. I will admit that POSSIBLY some of my dislike might have to do with the fact that I am deathly terrified somewhat skittish around dogs. So maybe that should have given me a heads up that this was not the book for me.

I will also say that I was somewhat less than thrilled with some of the sexual stuff. Not that sex doesn't have its place in literature, believe me I was fine with what went on involving Eve or Annika. That went along with the story. That made sense. That had a purpose. What I had a problem with was Zoe's randomly..."erotically charged" stuffed zebra that liked to molest other stuffed animals. It just felt so bizarre and out of place. So I was put off.

I am really struggling with my grade for this book. I think I'm going to have to give it my first half grade.


1 comment:

Belgie said...

I liked this book so much more than I thought I would. Hearing the story from the perspective of Enzo the dog was actually quite fun. I loved his ideas on how to be happy and what it means to live a right and correct life. This dog even said some things that made me stop and think about how I live my life.