Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth SteinArt Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

Art Of Racing In The Rain

byGarth Stein

Paperback | October 26, 2010

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Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

 Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

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

Garth Stein is the author of theNew York Timesbestselling novelThe Art of Racing in the Rain(and its tween adaptation,Racing in the Rain),How Evan Broke His HeadandOther Secrets,Raven Stole the Moon, and a play,Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to ...
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Title:Art Of Racing In The RainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:October 26, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Dog Lovers Be prepared with your box of Kleenex for this amazing story of a man and his dog. It is a creative look at the world through Enzo's eyes and will make you look at your own four legged furry friends in a different light. I truly loved this book and originally read a friends copy only to finish it and order a copy for myself.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Dog Lovers Be prepared with your box of kleenex for this amazing story of a man and his dog. It is a creative look at the world through Enzo's eyes and makes you look at your own four legged furry friends in a different light. I truly loved this book and originally read a friends copy only to finish it and order a copy for myself.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice read for dog lovers I loved everything about this book. Told from the perspective of a family dog. It’s a great read for animal lovers.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book. It was a wonderful story and would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Corny, but worth a read Emotional and a little cheesy at times, but this is a heart-warming story about a dedicated dog and his master. You're gonna blubber, and you're gonna like it.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from POV of a dog namely enzo. I like this book. It made me happy and the same time sad. I wish dogs can live longer. They are the best things that God made.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is one of my favorites. The first few chapters are the best. The book is very funny.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One the best books I've ever read! I read this almost three years ago for a writing class in highschool and it still gets under my skin. This story will never leave and I'm sure, if you read it, it will never leave you. It's heartbreaking, authentic, and narrated by a dog. If that doesn't make you wanna read it, I don't know what will.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had me hooked right away I read this book a few years ago and immediately recommended to my friends and family. Such a touching story!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and Sad I'm always a little cynical when a book is narrated by a dog, child, or cat; but this book completely exceeded my expectations. I loved Enzo's look on life, and his unwavering devotion. The racing background was fascinating, and of course gave Enzo his name as well.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tearjerker! Enzo teaches us many lessons and it's his insightfulness into the human condition that really makes this story special. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST If only you could add pictures to the review, because my tear-soaked face would say it all. There is nothing better than reading the words of a dog. Enzo could teach us all a lesson about humanity. This book was super enjoyable and at times devastating. It made me want to squeeze my dog super tight.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite #plumreview I loved this book. Funny, sad, great story.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique I liked: the dog's POV, the way the author described racing in a way to make it relatable to real life, the ending. I didn't like: the rest of the weird storyline
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very engaging This was a very enjoyable book, a really unique idea for a story. There are compelling characters that are well developed, excellent descriptions of thought processes, and a fascinating plot. Although emotional, this was justified by the intense experiences and lives described.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite reads Was a great story with huge emotions. I highly recommend this book, but you might need some tissues!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much love and heartbreak This book nearly destroyed me. It's beautiful but my god is it sad
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartbreaking and heartwarming heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Interesting, funny, cute, loving, genuine, full of umph and fun. This is generally not the genre I am drawn to, but I liked the narration in the first few pages, so I decided to get it, and I read it all in just two sittings. I also really liked all the life lessons that were taught to us through driving tips :p I think dog lovers/owners/former owners would especially like it/appreciate it
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cliched and soppy I started rolling my eyes way before the middle of the book. I should've stopped there, but a part of me just couldn't believe it was that melodramatic and predictable in an American kind of way. The most ridiculous dog POV ever. And I love dogs.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming! Such a lovely, well written story! If you love dogs, you'll absolutely love this book.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I read this book shortly after my dog past away, and like every dog owner or pet owner you wonder what they do when your not at home. It was the right amount of humor and a touching read as well.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book but could have done without all the racing I really enjoyed reading this book and read it very quickly! It was well written and definitely provoked an emotional response from me. However, I did find myself skimming over some parts/chapters related to the racing component of the book.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from everyone needs this book!! This book is amazing. I was literally crying by page three. It got less sad after this and started to get sad in the middle, got less sad again, and is so incredibly sad at the end..I just finished it and IM STILL CRYING. The characters go through so much and I really love the perspective it's told from.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book One of my favourite books! Absolutely love!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Get ready to laugh and cry!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dog lovers with love this book Great story full of emotion!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dog lovers will really enjoy So much emotion in this book. If you love dogs, you will love this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Dogs and Love this Book If you love dogs then this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This book is as heartwarming as it is heartwrenching. The story and characters are fantastic.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The Art Of Racing In The Rain really makes you appreciate how good of a writer Garth Stein is. Despite the fact that the story is told form a more humanlike perspective, I was easily able to believe that Enzo was a dog, albeit a more civilized one. He had all sorts of canine mannerisms, sometimes they were hidden away by his attempts to act human, but he always had an urge to run around and play fetch. His point of view was interesting to read from, the way he perceived humans and our bizarre and complex habits, beliefs, and values that create our lifestyle and how her tried to imitate the in his own canine way. In a way, even though he clearly allied himself with Denny throughout all the conflicts in the story, he was almost an entirely neutral protagonist, in that he simply observed the events of the story, and in most cases, did not take part in them. His lack of a proper human tongue and opposable thumbs made him powerless to alter the courses of the lives around him in most ways– his inability to speak kept him from warning Eve about her illness in advance, and it also prohibited from defending Denny later on in the story during the court cases– but despite these short comings, Enzo did what he could to keep Denny, Zoe and Eve going in their darkest moments, from protecting Eve the first night she spent out of the hospital and sheering up Zoe after her mother’s death, to pissing on Denny’s legal agreements that would keep him apart from his daughter. Enzo truly was Denny’s best friend. For a canine, Enzo was very knowledgeable. At a young age, he accepted the fact that he was a dog, and that was something he could not change– yet anyways– and decided to make the best of it, by preparing himself for his next life, a human one. Enzo firmly believed in a reincarnation sequence, one where dog life is immediately followed by human life. In an effort to make the best of his second, more important life, he decided to prepare himself by all means necessary to become human. So maybe most dogs don’t watch the weather channel with laser focus (frankly, most humans don’t either) or try to chew or learn to read or ponder deep, though provoking philosophical questions. That’s okay. Enzo is looking ahead at where he is going, not where he is now, because, as his racecar driver owner once told him “the car goes where the eyes go”. Halfway through, I was wondering why it had been dubbed 'a real tearjerker'. Then the waterworks started flowing. The beginning of the novel was not half as sad or emotional as I had expected. The later half made up for it tenfold. It’s a beautiful story of perseverance, willpower, love and strength in the face of the most daunting adversary. You will witness some of the best days of a man's life, followed by some of the darkest times you could imagine, as you follow a man who's life as been ripped to shreds by misfortune, only to rise above it again by overcoming the odds. It will make you cry, and it will also make you want to question what exactly goes on in the heads of our furry companions. You will not regret reading this book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure about all the hype #plumreview This book was just okay. Being written from the dog's perspective was different.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a favourite Great book but not a favourite
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read. A coworker recommended this book and I am so glad she did. It's told from the perspective of a dog and compares life to racing cars - I never would have picked up this book by choice - and yet it is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is told beautifully and the characters come to life on the pages; I even felt genuine anger toward two of them. I definitely recommend reading it, whether you think you'll like it based on the summary or not.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative and captivating I picked up this book for a work trip where I had a lot of flying to do. Unfortunately, this book was so good I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down. It's creatively written and a beautiful story. If you enjoyed books like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon then you will love this book.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful book I read it twice I read this a few years ago when it first came out and then again last month for book club. I loved it, and being a dog owner now makes me appreciate it the more ( you don't need to have a pet to fall in love with the story). Interesting vehicle to tell the story from a dogs perspective, well written, great pace .. Can very much see a movie to be made out of this. Nothing like a relationship between man and dog, and father and daughter.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book touched my heart and my life :-) I thought the premise was unique, I will definitely think differently the next time I interact with a pooch! I felt like the build up to the end was very long, drawn out and morbid, kind of depressing at times. I enjoyed all of the meaning of life messages and simple observations about human behavior that sometimes it's hard to see ourselves. The writing was simple and eloquent. The plot was well thought out and I commend the author for taking a leap of faith and changing the narrator's perspective to the K9 variety. I also enjoyed reading out of my element and learning about great Nascar and racing legends.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it incredible story, well worth the read
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely story Get your tissues ready. You'll need them when you get to the last line of the book. A great story told from the dog's perspective about his life, and his owner's tumultuous story. Heart wrenching and sweet. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite favourite! One of my favourite books ever and one I've re-read on a few occasions. I would definitely recommend it to any dog-lovers out there, as I think dog (and even cat) owners can relate to it. But I would also recommend it to the non-pet owners as well, although I think they might have a harder time relating. Although the main narrator of the novel is a dog, he observes humanity with a clarity that we sometimes lack and that is what I loved about it!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great read and a wild ride. Enzo has more personality than most people :)
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER This book will make you laugh a lot and cry a little. It shows what it takes to be human and how we can overcome anything if we try. It is soo inspirational and is so well written. There is amazing qoutes like, 'There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.'!!! and it teaches us about our inner fears and demons and it is great for men and even women.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Perfect book for dog lovers!
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fails to fulfill, but a lot of readers will enjoy it. A story of an up-and-coming car racer going through life's tragedies, as told through the eyes of his pet dog Enzo. A potentially unique and interesting viewpoint, but disappointing in the end. The plotline itself is soap opera material, but the opportunity is missed here; the dog's perspective seems very human. The author attempts to explain this by saying Enzo wants to eventually reincarnate as a human, and has learned a lot of human traits by watching TV and racing tapes. Too convenient and contrived. The reader doesn't really feel like he/she is a dog; just another human observer. Other reviewers have complained they could do without the bits about car racing. Agreed, as there is some superficial insight on the technicalities of car racing, but nowhere near as much as desired by a reader who wants a real "car-racing" book.
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dog lovers can relate I got this book as a recommendation from a friend and from start to end I truly felt captivated by the way the author pulled us readers into the mind of a dog and played with the strings of our heart to feel, hear, smell and love the way they do. For all dog lovers out there is is a must read that will bring you to tears and give u those goosebumps that makes you want to give your four legged best friend a hug.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Wonderful book for dog lovers! I am now buying it for my friends! It will stay with you long after the last page!
Date published: 2015-09-16
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 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 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 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 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 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 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