“the sun rises every day. what is to love? lock the sun in a box. force the sun to overcome adversity in order to rise. then we will cheer! i will often admire a beautiful sunrise, but i will never consider the sun a champion for having risen.”
okay, i cannot lie. i spotted this book cover on the opposite side of my nearest barnes and noble, looked at it and thought “OOH! IT’S ABOUT A DOG! there’s no possible way it will make me cry as much as ‘marley and me’. no possible way. man, that was terrible. i think i’ll buy this. it will be sure to be a cute read.”
WRONG. 50 pages into this bad boy i was transported back to my senior year of high school when my mom, my brother, and i decided to turn a friday night into a late-night cry fest, in which we all told my dog, tank, that he “was the best brother ever”, gave him lots of kisses, and began crying about 45 minutes into the movie.
why, marley, why?!?!?!
i can honestly say, that this was possibly the best book i’ve read in a really long time. and it’s definitely the best book i’ve read this year so far. if you loved the feel of “the time traveler’s wife” and “memoirs of a geisha”, this book had that essence. you fall in love with enzo, the narrator. enzo is, of course, a lab mix whose devotion and love for his owner denny, a semi-professional race car driver and his daughter zoe, is absolutely stunning.
this book is a telling of enzo’s relationship to denny, his beloved owner, and the trials and tribulations that denny has to overcome. denny is a true hero; you seem to feel like he is inhuman for his capability to beat the adversity that comes his way. death, misfortune in his career, false accusations that could potentially take his daughter away from him all face him, and enzo seems like the other being that knows he is not only innocent, but also capable of defeating all that faces him.
but what i really loved the most about this book was enzo’s voice in general. you find yourself falling in love with enzo, his wisdom, his love for others, and his hope for the humans that he loves. enzo is extremely wise and extremely educated, as he grew up with the television on speed channel (denny’s favorite channel), the weather channel, and discovery channel. you find yourself hoping that your own dog thinks the way that enzo thinks. although this book is rich with information about racing, and you might find yourself bogged down with it, the metaphors enzo makes about racing are absolutely gorgeous ("That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves")this is one of those books that you come out of feeling like you’ve learned so much about human resilience and inspiration in the face of adversity.
you will fall in love with enzo, the little dog philosopher . i can assure you that.
and you will definitely wake your mom, boyfriend, dog, roommate up the moment you finish this book. as you will definitely need a hug. it’s that good.
"i know this much about racing in the rain. i know it is about balance. it is about anticipation and patience… [it is also] about the mind! it is about owning one’s body… it is about believing that you are not you; you are everything. and everything is you."