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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

George Clooney’s Eyes


Writers call it point-of-view. While The Art of Racing in the Rain is not the first novel to be written from an animal’s perspective, Enzo is no ordinary canine narrator.

It is evident in the opening sentence: “Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature.” He laments his long, loose tongue that denies him words. He envies monkeys their thumbs. But he is happy he has “George Clooney’s eyes.” In short, he regrets the human traits he lacks and is pleased with
those he shares with the human race.

It is this ability to straddle two species that makes Enzo’s point-of-view unique. If Mongolian myth can be believed, no one doubts Enzo will make a fine homo sapiens.

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