It's a dog's life,
This review is from: The Art of Racing in the Rain (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I was a little uncertain about reading this book initially, as a book written from a dogs perspective just had too many shades of "Fluke" by James Herbert. Fortunately I need not have worried, this is just about as far from Fluke as it is probable that this type of story can be.
Garth Stein has written a book about the life of Enzo, a large dog, who is brought up by Denny, a semi professional racing driver. You do not need to know anythng about racing or driving however to enjoy this story. It is simply the story of Denny's life as he brings Enzo up. Denny meets a lady, Enzo doesn't initially warm to her. They get married and have a child, Enzo is a wizz with children. You soon get the idea that Enzo has ideas above his station in life. He is not really content to be a dog, he wants to be a full member of the family. Through his upbringing he has watched a mountain of television and is convinced that he will ascend into humanity in his next life, he reasons that this is why he thinks the way he does and manages to control his primal urges. Once the book is about half way through the book does get a bit darker and Denny's life spirals out of control, but we always know that there is a happy ending waiting for us - how do we know? Well Enzo tells us this right at the start!
There are a few annoying areas in the book, one is the use of "Well I'm just a dog so I wasn't allowed there." The first time I had no problems with it, but by the end of the book you just think "Not again!" why bother with a narrator who isn't at the events he is narrating? The ending was also a little overdone,perhaps, although it was making its best effort to pull at my heart strings. It is also, perhaps, a little too cinematic and maybe it could have been fleshed out a bit more.
I did however really enjoy reading it, and it wasn't a struggle to get through.