Enzo Will Steal Your Heart
I originally wrote this post in January of 2009, for my then-blog Something She Wrote. The declaration herein is still true, this remains my favorite book. It’s the title I recommend to everyone, and I’ve loaned my trade paperback so many times, it’s looking pretty ragged…
Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein?
At just a few pages in, I knew this book would be special. It could have been the hook, the voice, the flawless mechanics or easy flow. Maybe it was all those things, because Stein is an amazing storyteller.
What I know without a doubt is, I finally have an answer to the question What’s your favorite book? It’s this, a story about the human condition… told from a dog’s point of view.
Enzo is a mix-breed with a penchant for race cars. He’s also a deep-thinking wannabe man. He’s self-taught (with “a degree of literacy”), observant, intuitive. And he fiercely loves his master, Denny.
It’s Denny, a semi-professional car racer, who teaches Enzo the rules of the track; It’s Enzo who, while watching his human family struggle through heartbreak and more, turns those rules into life lessons for us.
I laughed out loud. I worried. I wept. I shared excerpts with those around me. But best of all? I found it.
My favorite book.
What’s your favorite book?