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The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein

Harpercollins Publishers | June 9, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Art of Racing in the Rain is rated 4.6731 out of 5 by 52.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.43 × 5.98 × 0.81 in

Published: June 9, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0061537969

ISBN - 13: 9780061537967

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for animal lovers! I must admit, it took me two tries to get through the first chapter, it is heart-wrenching. This is an amazing view of the world through the eyes of a very wise and loving dog; one you'd love to have as your companion. It was so hard to put down; every word is beautifully written so that you see what Enzo sees. This is one of my favourite books, ever! Will be a definite read-again.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shared and loved. A good friend told me to read this gem, and I loved it. Great option for book clubs!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read, dog-lover or not. I have a feeling this book will stay with me for a while. The story of a race-car driver as told through the eyes of his dog. Sad yet joyful, serious yet funny, a wonderful read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Re-Read A friend suggested I read this book after the loss of my dear, sweet little dog. After 15 years of having her under my feet constantly, and sleeping on my feet every night, I felt lost. It was difficult at first, but I continued to read it with a box of kleenex. I re-read this book a year later, when I was not so emotional, and enjoyed it even more. It is not my intention to suggest what Garth Steins' thoughts were while writing this story, but he has helped me and several of my friends. This is a book that I gift to people who have lost their four legged best friends, and thank my dear friend for suggesting it.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A must read for any dog lover!
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising story Although I don't usually like dog books, the dog usually gets it in the end, this book I can make an exception to. With his master a car racer, Enzo the dog really learns to enjoy the ride and to roll with the punches. A little melodramatic at times, the story did surprise me with the humanity of a dog's life.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Doggone Good Story I read this book for a book club I plan to attend next week. I don't think I would have read this book otherwise. The opening chapter starts with the dog Enzo complaining about all his ailments brought on by old age and wanting to die. So you know how the book is going to end. All books about dogs end that way. We just live longer than them. I found the book to be really character driven. There is plenty of action to story. The action in the story is driven by the character of charcters in the story. I really got into the characters and I felt the pain and torment tha the lead human character was feeling. I should not have read this before trying to go to sleep at night. I became as enraged as the character did. That is a good sign of how well the characters are developed. And that is what makes a book interesting to read for me. Many of us who are pet owners have wondered, "What are our pet thinking? What would they say if they could talk?" This book tries to answer that question. This was a leap of faith to believe that a dog could know so much about racing and have a list of favorite actors. The author won me over when the dog said that The Rockford Files was one of the best television shows of all time. I did find the end a little sappy. The way the lead human character's life turned around at the end and his dreams came true was a big leap of faith. I enjoyed the book. It was not a hard read and you can really get into it.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Man's best friend Wow - I really loved this book. I first picked it up a few years ago after all the "Marley & Me" hype (which doesn't hold a candle to this read), but I decided after the first chapter, that a book narrated by a dog about his final days just wasn't for me. Turns out, that's really not what this book is about at all! This book is narrated by a dog, the faithful Enzo, and his perspective is so loyal and true. Denny is a wonderful lead character too. This book is really about family, the ties that bind, the tough choices that must be made, and the power of the human (and canine!) spirit. I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved it. I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourite books! I am an avid reader, I belong to two book clubs. With that said, sometimes we read books that are good, and occassionaly we read a book that is terrific! This is in that later category. I LOVE this book, Enzo will make you laugh and make you cry. I loved this book from the beginning to the, all too soon ending. I love this book so much, that I have given it as gifts several times. Anyone I have given this book to, also loved it! I am on a mission to have every reader, read this book. You won't be dissappointed that you did.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doggone Good! When I started reading and realized the narrator was the dog, I was skeptical. But it was a lovely book. Sometimes you read a book and you may say that was a man's book or that was chicklit. I liked the fact that this book did not do that and I thought it might because of the racing aspect. I really enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most enjoyable (and emotional) read in years! It's gratifying to see so many positive reviews of this book because I always feel a little silly when I have recommended it to friends and colleagues. I can't say enough great things about this book. As a huge animal lover, I may be biased in my opinion but this was a wonderful book and I was sorry when it was finished (always a good sign). I even wrote to Garth Stein to tell him how much his book had moved me and amazingly, he wrote back! Dog lover or not, anyone could enjoy this story and it does give you a whole new perspective on our four legged companions.
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Two Thumbs (and all Paws) up! A sweet and affecting book about life and love, bitter and sweet. It is an incredibly easy book to read, and even though parts of it are sad, you end up feeling really hopeful and uplifted. And if you have a dog, you'll appreciate them more after reading this ;-) I think nearly anyone would enjoy this read.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art of Racing in the Rain “. . . life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.” Enzo, the dog, is nearing the end of his life. His eyes clouded, his joints stiff, he lives out his last years with his racecar driver owner, Denny Swift—and he tells us about it. Enzo gives us his dog’s-eye view of human life. Garth Stein’s choice of dog as narrator reflects his background as a documentary filmmaker. Dogs are a taken-for-granted presence in the room, so humans say and do things in front of them they wouldn’t say or do in front of other humans. Dog narration allows Stein to show a documentary-style unvarnished “truth” of human interactions captured when no one is looking. One of the most intriguing themes of the book—Enzo’s belief that he will be reincarnated as a man—comes from documentary as well. Enzo watches television, and during one of his long days without Denny, he watches a documentary about Mongolians preparing departed dogs for their next incarnation as a man. (Given Enzo’s fondness for racing videos and documentary, dog owners might want to be more mindful about what is on television when their dog is around.) Any dog named after Enzo Ferrari is certain to have some insights into life well lived. As the story unfolds, Denny and Enzo impart life truths derived from successful race car driving. “No race has ever been won in the first corner; many races have been lost there.” “To remember is to disengage from the present . . . a driver must never remember.” “That which you manifest is before you.” This wouldn’t be a story about racing in the rain if a little “rain” didn’t fall on Denny Swift’s head, and fall it does. Denny and Enzo adapt to changes, suffer loss, face their demons, and “handle their cars” through obstacle courses of adversity. But in life, as in racing, experience improves performance. Every setback is a lesson learned. Every successful a building block. Readers who appreciate whimsy will love The Art of Racing in the Rain and Enzo’s charming take on life. Those with tougher shells won’t be attracted to it, and that’s a shame; they might be the ones who need it the most. To read an interview with Garth Stein, go here: http://www.garthstein.com/index.php Arlene Somerton Smith www.scienceandstory.wordpress.com www.wednesdaybookreview.wordpress.com
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very special book The Art of Racing in the Rain is an easy read and a very special book. I highly recommend. Enzo tells us the story of his life with his master Denny and his daugther Zoe and really makes you think about your own. A refreshingly good book.
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the animal lover ***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Let me preface this review by saying I had NO idea what this book was about when I bought it. I have 3 dogs at home, who I love to pieces, and thought the cover was just the cutest thing. And to be written in the point of view of the dog, well sign me up! I didn’t expect this book to really touch me and to make me think about what’s going through my dogs’ heads. Yes, I talk to my dogs. We have conversations – usually one-sided, but conversations nonetheless. I see the looks in their eyes – those looks that you can’t quite read, but try to imagine what they’re thinking. Enzo, the main character in Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, was a gem of a dog. It’s funny how humans have gone through life with these animals as companions and we’ve never really done anything to try and figure out what they’re thinking or what they may want to say to us. Just like the deepest oceans or the furthest planets, they’re a mystery. I’ve stayed up with one of my dogs, Bailey, in the night as she was throwing up. She gave me a look like she didn’t get what was going on – I couldn’t ask her how she was feeling, did she need anything … I have to trust her and she has to trust me in order for our relationship to work. Enzo’s thought process in the novel are very human-like. He watches TV during the day and learns new things. He learns all about racing from his master, Denny, and all about the human condition from his life with Denny, Eve, and Zoe. Before it’s known that Eve is sick, he can smell it on her and wishes that he could tell someone. Darn his lack of a tongue that can form words! When Zoe’s grandparents give Denny a literal run for his money for the custody of Zoe, Enzo steps in and makes Denny make the right decision. When Denny is about to give up and sign papers to give the grandparents full custody, Enzo steals those papers and pees on them, ultimately letting Denny know his thoughts on Denny giving up. The book is full of humour, sadness, and life. All through the eyes of the dog. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave with a wonderment towards your pet – what are they really thinking? Recommended for any animal lover.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing I almost took this book back when I first bought it because I was unsure about reading a novel told from the perspective of a dog. I'm so happy that I didn't. The narative was fresh and imaginative. Stein does an excellent job of delivering a heart wrenching story that people can connect to, all the while staying true to the K9 perspective. You can't help but to fall in love with Enzo, who's loyalty, selflessness, and courage could teach us all a little something about life.
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put down This book is a number 1 book recommendation from me to everyone. It is an amazing book that tells the story of a man's trials and tribulations (and so much more!) from the unique perspective of his dog. Wow.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I loved loved loved this book! You will fall in love with Enzo (the entire book is narrated by a dog named Enzo). He is wise, funny, and loveable! I laughed out loud and my eyes filled up with tears at some parts. A real page turner. I especially enjoyed his parallels to life and car racing - though not a car racing fan. One of the best books I've read. Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! The Art of Racing in the Rain is an amazing read. I absolutely loved Stein's heart-wrenching storyline uniquely told from Enzo's (the dog's) view. Would hands-down recommend this read to everyone, and anyone.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An extraordinary and wonderful read This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. A story as told by a dog, it will make you laugh, cry, feel outrage,, anger and love, but in the end, it teaches some wonderful life lessons. I highly recommend this book. Bravo to the writer, Garth Stein!
Date published: 2011-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Dog owners... A look into how are little friends think is amazing! I gave this book to a friend of mine who's dog was really old and she just wanted to keep holding on to her as long as she could. After reading this she took a step back and looked at life and her puppy. It's amazing how one book can change your life. I love Enzo. I laughed and cried! Amazing Book.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous, touching story This is one of a very few books that I can't get out of my head, so much so that my perspective on life has changed significantly (for the better!). It's a wonderful, touching story that will bring tears to anyone that has ever owned a dog, and even those that haven't had the pleasure to. The writing is accessible without being too simple, and the storyline makes it extremely difficult to put down. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know - It's a must read!
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doggone melodrama "Imagine this. Imagine having your wife die suddently of a brain cancer. Then imagine having her parents attack you mercilessly in order to gain custody of your daughter. Imagine that they exploit allegations of sexual molestation against you... How long would you last before your will was broken?" Now imagine that this story was told from the point of view of a dog. Would that make it better? Or worse? Based on the cover image, I was expecting a charming story about a man's relationship with his furry best friend. Not even close. If you buy your reading material in a supermarket and enjoy melodrama, this book might be for you. If you're looking for something more artistic or emotionally complex, you might be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVELY! I don't give it a 5 because it has its lengths, but the story is so lovely! I recommend it to anyone who can read! I loved the ending!
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book review from a personal perspective A friend lent me this book as I am grappling with the mental and physical decline of my dog. You will find though that you don’t need to own a pet to be swept up in the story of Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, his family and the events that reshape their lives. Garth Stein’s writing stands out among the overly long list of dog books and doesn’t have the fluff of the likes of a Marley & Me. The humans’ story is told by the dog Enzo. He proves to be a wise, funny and ultimately philosophical narrator. If like me, you prefer not to look at life’s bigger issues through a spiritual purple haze his worldview even if it is from ground level is refreshingly logical. The reader will find themselves thinking about an odd assortment of things from their thumbs to the big stuff like navigating life as though you’re on a race track, hence its compelling title. This is one of those books that affects everyone differently which makes The Art Of Racing in the Rain a great book club choice. Published in 2008 it came into my life at the right time. Reading about living and dying from a dogs perspective enabled me to step back from the overwhelming heaviness of it all. As he nears the end of his life, avid TV watcher Enzo is fascinated by a documentary about Mongolia where dogs are laid to rest high in the hills. While I cannot give that to the chocolate Labrador who has shared my life for many years; I can grant him this last summer to warm his aching body and perhaps bring some peace to a now cloudy mind. And I know that he will tell me when it is enough.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My friend, a dog lover, recommended this novel to me. At first, I didn't expect much at all but I must say that I was absolutely blown away. What can I say? I fell in love with Enzo!
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a different story - I loved it. A dog's perspective of human life. As a dog lover, I expected to enjoy this ---- but enjoyed it even more than I expected.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a beautiful reflection on life,love, relationships and self-determination Warning!...As the owner of a much loved elder Golden retriever I cried through parts of the book but the ending was so uplifting it made it all worth it. This old Zen-like dog has a lot to teach us about life and death and persuing our destiny (intentionality) as he accompanies his owner with dignity and loyalty through each moment (good or bad). The racing analogies add beautiful insights into remaining calm and staying the course of life while keeping our eyes on the next curve ....As soon as I finished, I couldn't wait to pass this book on to a friend....It's that good!!!!!
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much more than I expected- A new favourite! I was not sure what to expect with this book. I put off reading it for a bit because I was worried that I would not enjoy the racing element. As it turns out I loved this book. It was amazing. Enzo is one of the best voices- his narration was unique, clever, funny and poignant. I know nothing about racing but I loved the way it was woven into the book. I could not put it down. I just wish there were other stories narrated by Enzo. I would read them in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Fantastic I love this book so much, I read it twice in a row! :)
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love dogs... I was intrigued by the concept of reading a story told by a dog. I found this a magical read. Enzo is full of life and wisdom and gives a unique perspective on life... he is a furry philosopher. I found the book hard to put down. Truly enjoyable. If you have ever loved a dog, if you have ever lost a dog you loved, you must read this book.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I've read in a long time This is the story of an owner's stages of life, told from his dog's point of view. Enzo is a dog moving on to his own next stage of life and has educated himself so that he is ready. He is not only erudite, but philosophical. And he is funny. His story about why he fears crows will have you in tears. If you loved "Marley," crank up the IQ a hundred points and meet Enzo.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable and Touching Look Into The Mind of a Dog THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein A beautiful story about his life with his family told by a dog, Enzo. This book was triumph and heartbreak all in one, and cleverly written. Enzo's point of view wasn't what I expected, but I thought it was adorable that he understands things, and feels things the same as the rest of his family would. The story of Enzo and his family would be a great story if told from an outside point of view, but having Enzo tell it just gives it something that a human point of view just could not. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is an endearing look into what it would be like for a dog to have a mind like a human. The sadness, the happiness, the sun, and the rain - Enzo feels them all and lets you into the inner workings of his mind and his heart while on his journey through life with the people he most loves and admires. Dog lovers won't want to miss going on this rollercoaster-of-life journey with Enzo; he may just teach you a thing or two. ;) "My soul has learned what it came to learn, and all the other things are just things." Overall Opinion: A- Check out my blog for the complete review, and more. http://kaylasbookcase.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2010-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book Enzo is a dog like no others. He knows that when he dies he will return as a man and so hopes by watching the humans around him he will learn his lessons well. He educates himself by watching TV and listening to his master, Denny. On the eve of his death Enzo recounts his life story. He starts off when he was picked by Denny and goes through Denny's life. The hardships Denny has faced trying to become a professional race car driver. The marriage and then loss of his wife to cancer. The ugly custody battles with his late wife's parents over his daughter Zoe. All Enzo hopes for is for Denny to have Zoe beside him when he wins the ultimate race. Enzo draws on car racing as an analogy of life. Enzo's way of looking at life is funny, quirky and sometimes sad. One wonders if dogs really see us this way. Even though I knew Enzo was dying I cried buckets at the end. Loved, loved this story
Date published: 2009-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An outstanding and original story. I bought this book because I thought that the cover looked interesting. The story did not disappoint what so ever. Garth Stein creates characters that are easy to relate to and fun to get to know. As an adult male whose dog is as part of a family as anyone, this book was a must read. I strongly reccomend it to anyone who loves their pets, and wonders what they must be thinking...
Date published: 2009-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dogs point of view On Enzo's last night of being trapped in a dog's body, he looks back on his life and all the things he's experienced. He remembers the day Denny bought him, when Eve entered his life, when Zoe was born. He watched Eve's illness slowly take away her life, and then Denny's struggle to keep his daughter and his sanity. Enzo offers his advice on everything, but he's unable to speak it because being a dog, his tongue is too flat. He knows that in his next life, he will be born a human, he saw it on a documentary. An awesome novel narrated by a dog, who is very opinionated. It might make you wonder if our pets really think the way Enzo does. Garth's novel is both hilarious, yet sad. I'd recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Captivating The author tells the story of a dog called Enzo who narrates his life experiences as if he was human. The novel will definitely stimulate your thoughts the next time you look at your favourite pet and he looks back as only a pet can …. This is a heart-wrenching tale running the gamut of life. With amazing writing, the author brings Enzo to life so perfectly, with his wants and needs and wishes he puts you under a spell. Enzo has been given a human soul, has gained knowledge by watching TV and listening to the words of his master, race car driver Denny Swift. You are temporary fooled into believing that this dog could be real and able to talk. The story starts on the eve of Enzo’s death; taking stock of his life and his relationship with his adopted family, Danny, Eve and Zoe. This novel is beautifully crafted and highly captivating; Mr Stein has pulled off a very human story of love and loss one can easily relate to.
Date published: 2009-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great title...it gave nothing away! This is an absolute gem of a book for dog lovers and for those who are not proud owners. I ordered three more copies to give as gifts and everyone LOVED it. I'd never heard of Garth Stein but love the cut of his jib and am interested in his other books!
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST READS EVER! I loved this book! I ordered two more copies to give to friends (who are either racing or dog fans). This book made me cry. Beautifully written. Will look for more books from Mr. Stein in the future. Kay in Canada
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than "Marley & Me" I loved everything about this book. I enjoyed it much better than "Marley & Me". This really was the best book I've read in a while. I recommend it to anyone who loves a heartwarming tale, and a good cry.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite of the year so far... I'm not sure what I was expecting of a tale told from a dog's point of view, but I certainly wasn't expecting something this wonderful, moving, tender, or bittersweet. This is the story of Enzo, a dog owned by Denny Swift during the pivotal years of Denny's life. Denny is a gifted car racer with a wife and child, and Enzo is a dog educated by television and his powerful intuitions on the world around him. Enzo relates to the world in deft metaphors about car racing, scents, and using his limited expressive abilities (if he only had a tongue that worked to make words!), and he tells the tale of Denny's life, and Enzo's own, in a beautiful, loving way that will grab you along for the ride. The only criticism I can say has nothing to do with the writing, but with the publisher's choice of cover - very early on, Enzo describes himself, and the dog on the cover is not that "brown-black" dog with "wiry fur." Could it have been that hard to find a cover that was representative? It seems like such a small thing... Enzo longs for an opposable thumb, an expressive voice, and a little bit of dignity, and to help. The story, which left me absolutely choked up, is told well, and I couldn't stop reading from start to finish in two days, at every available quiet moment.
Date published: 2008-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from God I love dogs!!!! It wasn't Marley and Me - but what a great book. The author really knows how to write. An excellent read.
Date published: 2008-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a wonderful book.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I love dogs, so this book, narrated by a dog, really appealed to me. The story had a something for everyone (cars, car racing, love, humor, lust) and kept me interested, and I really loved the way it was told through the dog's eyes. An interesting story.
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! I cannot recommend this book enough! It made me laugh out loud and sob like a baby. After I finished, which only took hours since I could not put it down, I immediately wanted to read it again. A truly unique, heartwarming book. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed after reading it.
Date published: 2008-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Most Depressing Book I've Ever Read I really wanted to love this book about Enzo the dog and Denny his owner - a sort of/sometimes race car driver. But it made me so sad. I just wanted to lie in the parking lot and get over by a truck. Denny's life was just so sad. So many bad things happened. And while I did enjoy reading a book written from the point of view of a dog I found that very sad too. So many things suck about being a dog - being a prisoner in an apartment, being forgotten, being hungry. I just found this book so depressing. I love books that give me a good cry but this one just made me sad.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have Ever Read. The story of Enzo, is the most incredible story i have ever read. From start to finish i could not put this book down. Enzo tells the story great, and at times you may find your self crying... and even laughing. If you like books that are very deep, and heartwarming... then this is the book for you!
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort and Joy I cried when I came to the end of this book, but not out of sadness but out of hope. Enzo is the most unique voice heard in fiction in years and his wisdom is such we should all listen to him. He breaks down the world to a level that is clear, comforting and often amusing and his loyal and faith in his human is inspiring. I admit, I hugged my dog really hard this morning!
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Southing to the grieving soul I recently had to put down my dog and was wondering what must have been going through her mind when I did and then I walked into the book store and found this book and just after reading the first chapter I was hooked, and suddenly I started to feel better about my decision. If you have had a dog who you were attached to and had to let go of this book does help ease the pain with a little bit of everything, and yes it will even make you smile and laugh again when you thought it not possible. Great book so thankful for its help in my grieving process.
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite of the Year So Far I'm not sure what I was expecting of a tale told from a dog's point of view, but I certainly wasn't expecting something this wonderful, moving, tender, or bittersweet. This is the story of Enzo, a dog owned by Denny Swift during the pivotal years of Denny's life. Denny is a gifted car racer with a wife and child, and Enzo is a dog educated by television and his powerful intuitions on the world around him. Enzo relates to the world in deft metaphors about car racing, scents, and using his limited expressive abilities (if he only had a tongue that worked to make words!), and he tells the tale of Denny's life, and Enzo's own, in a beautiful, loving way that will grab you along for the ride. The only criticism I can say has nothing to do with the writing, but with the publisher's choice of cover - very early on, Enzo describes himself, and the dog on the cover is not that "brown-black" dog with "wiry fur." Could it have been that hard to find a cover that was representative? It seems like such a small thing... Enzo longs for an opposable thumb, an expressive voice, and a little bit of dignity, and to help. The story, which left me absolutely choked up, is told well, and I couldn't stop reading from start to finish in two days, at every available quiet moment.
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoutely great! Absolutely!
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Readers looking for a light and silly read should steer clear of this one. However, readers who are looking for a powerful and heartwrenching read, pick up this book NOW. Set in the point of view of Enzo, the well-loved family dog, it begins with his puppyhood and ends with his death. Throughout his life, hand in hand with his family, Enzo, a surprisingly intelligent and insightful Lab-mix, undergoes tragedy and loss. But Denny, his owner, a race-car driver, teaches him through the subtle nuances of his craft, not to buckle down and give up under all that is piled on top of you. I am no fan of racing, so much of what Enzo describes, especially when he refers to specific racers, is lost on me. It's the actually metaphors, the aforementioned nuances, that mean the most. Enzo describes and views life as a racetrack, slick and tricky with the wet of rain, and only the constant concentration and subtle care with the steering wheel will get you to the end. While simple to read, the novel drags you in and doesn't let you go, until the very sweet and very touching ending.
Date published: 2008-05-13

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.43 × 5.98 × 0.81 in

Published: June 9, 2009

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061537969

ISBN - 13: 9780061537967

From the Publisher

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

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