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The Art of Racing in the Rain

“In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers into the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.

I learned that from a program on the National Geographic channel, so I believe it is true. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.

I am ready.”

Šioje knygoje apie tai, kaip pasaulis atrodo šuns akimis. Įdomiai. Tikriausiai panašiai, kaip “Skafandre ir drugelyje” – kai esi gyvas, protingas, mąstantis ir negalintis savęs išreikšti, na, nebent akies mirksniu arba uodegos vizginimu. O pasirodo, šuns kūne gyvena siela, kuri galbūt tuoj tuoj, jei viską išmoko šuniškam pasauly, reinkarnuosis į žmogų. Žodžiu protingas padaras, gali papasakoti viską, kas dedasi žmonių pasaulyje. Tiksliau, kas dedasi Enzo (toks šuns vardas) šeimininko Denis gyvenime. Nelabai linksmame…

Knyga klausėsi visai sklandžiai, tikrai savotiškai įdomi, bet kulminacija, sakyčiau tokia jau labai savotiška, truputį mane pritrenkė (confused), bet galiausiai nusprendžiau labai nesikabinėti ir ją “nuryti”. Pats knygos siužetas toks labai nestebinantis – klausai ir galvoji, na, tai autorius turi dvi galimybes, kaip pasielgti su Denis, tai klausimas kyla tik dėl to, kaip pasielgs – gerai ar blogai, – nemanau, kad labai didelis pliusas knygai, bet gal tik daugiau iš jos reikalaujantiems. O štai pabaiga tai patiko – šviesi, giedra ir paliekanti gerą jausmą. 

Neabejotinai rekomenduoju šunų mylėtojams arba tiems, kam liūdna ir norisi išsiverkti. Lyg ir kažkuo išskirtinė, lyg ir nelabai. Tokia tat.

Bet pavyzdžiui, patiko Sarai Gruen, Wally Lamb ir Temple Gandin.

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and–best of all–the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach to us about being human. I loved this book.” — Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and–best of all–the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair. Since finishing this engagingly unique novel, I’ve found myself staring at my own dog, thinking, Hmm, I wonder …” — Wally Lamb, Author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True

“The Art of Racing in the Rain takes you on an unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes — and nose — of a dog. I found it fascinating.” — Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation

Pagla knygą bus pastatytas filmas, kurį mes su Giedre tikriausiai būtinai žiūrėsim, nes ten vaidins Patrick Dempsey.

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