Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chapters 1-15

How is everyone feeling about the book? It seems to be pretty simple reading so far. The following questions are from the Discussion Guide that accompanies the book...

-Some early readers of the novel have observed that viewing the world through a dog's eyes makes for a greater appreciation of being human. Why do you think this is?

-In the book's darkest moments, one of Zoe's stuffed animals—the zebra—comes to life and threatens him. What does the zebra symbolize?

-In the first chapter, Enzo says: "It's what's inside that's important. The soul. And my soul is very human." How does Enzo's situation—a human soul trapped in a dog's body—influence his opinions about what he sees around him? How do you feel about the ideas of reincarnation and karma as Enzo defines them?

1 comment:

R.Naukana said...

So far this has been easy reading. I'm very intrigued by the way the author portays everyday life through the eyes of Enzo. I don't have pets but reading this book has given me an itch to adopt a dog (LOL). Now when I see a doggie do something such as lick your hand or nuzzle with his nose I wonder what he's really thinking and feeling.
During the zebra moment I felt that even though Enzo considers himself more of having a "human soul" he still has instincts of a dog and the way I dog would react staying alone,hungry and possibly bored.
The part that made me laugh out loud was when Enzo wondered if the baby would look like him. At this moment I realized how he was truly part of this family and he felt the connection and love.