Tuesday Teaser - Racing in the Rain

I'm not a big fan of talking animals. If you give me a choice between the original version of The Incredible Journey with its narrator voice over and the remake that gives the animals voices, I'll pick the original every time and be crying by the closing credits. Experience has taught me that if I watch it again within a week's time, I'll also start blubbering at the opening credits. *sigh* Well, sometimes you just need a good cry.

That's why I was so surprised at how much I like The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's told from the dog's point of view, but Enzo understands that he is a dog and his reasoning is that of a dog (mostly). For whatever reason, it works for me.

The Blurb:
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

The First Paragraph:
Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature. And while I occasionally cross the line into the world of the melodramatic, it is what I must do in order to communicate clearly and effectively. In order to make my point understood. I have no words I can rely on because, much to my dismay, my tongue was designed long and flat and loose. It is a horribly ineffective tool for pushing food around my mouth while chewing. And an even less effective tool for making clever and complicated sounds that can be linked together to form sentences. And that's why I'm here now waiting for Denny to come home. He should be here soon. I'm lying on the cool tiles of the kitchen floor in a puddle of my own urine.

"One bark means 'slower,' two means 'faster,' got it?" I barked twice and that surprised him and Pat and Jim, who were both leaning in the passenger window.

Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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  1. I can see that book tugging at the heartstrings!

  2. A good friend of mine keeps telling me to read this. From the intro and teaser it sounds really sweet. Great pick!!

    This week it's all fantasy with My Teasers.

    1. Ah, peer pressure. You should definitely knuckle under.

  3. I love his books but haven't read this one yet. Sadly.

    1. And I haven't read his others. I'm not sure why.

  4. Sounds adorable! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. Oh yes, yes, yes --loved this book --enjoy Suzie