Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

Well a book that should have taken me 3 hours to finish took three weeks.  It's not that I'm suddenly in remedial reading classes, instead I've taken a break from the major reading I had been doing.  Nothing more than the newspaper, blogs, or the Week for me right now.  Happens every so often, more now because my wife and I have been spending so much time working on the beach condo (lots of painting, crack repair, etc.), traveling, and I've run a few races (10 miler & 10K).
But the book, I finally finished a couple of weeks ago, and just now getting to writing it up.  I should mention I mistitled it in an earlier post, calling it "The Art of DANCING in the Rain."  Opps.  It was an ok book, pretty sappy, pretty obvious, and yet... and yet there is something there.  Maybe I'm just a sucker for a dog narrating a story, wanting to believe my own dog has an internal monolog and is desperate to communicate with me if only she could speak.  Whatever the reason, there is something fun about the book, enough to make me keep reading.
Still on my novel break, so I'm not sure what will be the next book to be read.  I still have The Detective waiting for me, also a book called Water for Elephants (also from my mom), but I'm just as likely to hit the public library and find something new.  Don't expect to hear back from me until after the new year, although I do hope it is sooner.