Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapters 29-36
There’s so much good in this book that I often have difficulty choosing what to write about each week. Even though the chapters we’re covering this week recounted a dark and difficult time for Denny and his dog, I was so enthralled by the expression of Enzo’s deep wisdom for human affairs that I could not wait to turn to the next page. Enzo’s account of Denny’s arrest, which was based on knowledge he gained from Law & Order and other TV shows, was humorous but might also raise the question as to what the real Denny might look like outside of Enzo’s admiring gaze. The Denny that Enzo depicts is nearly flawless — a hero in nearly every respect.
The depths of Enzo’s devotion to Denny become very clear at the conclusion of chapter 36 when Enzo speaks only of “we,” as if he and Denny are an inseparable unit.
Do you think that Denny really fulfilled Enzo’s portrayal of him?
Do you find that your pets sense when you are going through a life challenge?
If so, do you sense greater devotion from them during difficult times?
One of my favorite passages in this week’s reading is in chapter 34: being alone is not the same as being lonely…loneliness…is something that exists only in the mind, not in the world, and, like a virus, is unable to survive without a willing host. And, one of my favorite lines from the entire book: That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me. I realize this book is a work of fiction, but I still found myself wondering if Enzo spent at least some of his TV time watching Wayne Dyer on PBS. There is a tremendous amount of life-wisdom in the pages of this book!
Please be sure to share your comments on these chapters, I always look forward to reading what you found in the story. Happy Reading!