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Garth Stein Writing Styles in The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Point of View

The majority of this narrative is told from the perspective of Enzo, Denny Swift's golden Labrador retriever. And while this might seem somewhat unorthodox, it is a successful literary convention which has been employed numerous times. To begin, by choosing to let Enzo narrate the story, the author complicates the narrator's position. That is to say, when an omniscient narrator is used, the reader has no cause to doubt the narrator's reliability. However, since Enzo is narrating, it becomes the reader's responsibility to decode Enzo's impressions so that they fit into a human paradigm. An intelligent dog who watches television is still a dog. That being said, Enzo does prove to be a reliable narrator. The narrator's position is further challenged when considering the fact that since the narrator is a finite character in the story, there are things the reader never learns. In the case...

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