The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

Kobo ebook | March 17, 2009

byGarth Stein

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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.

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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 in...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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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 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book I really enjoyed this book. I am not a dog person but this book made me wish I had a dog. Awesomely written novel and would recommend it to friends.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The entire emotional gamut This book immediately grabs you and draws you into the world as seen through the eyes of man's best friend. It is beautifully written and had me laughing, crying, snorting, chuckling, contemplating... sometimes all at once. Read this book.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Art of Racing in the Rain One of the best books to read if you love dogs. Reading this book will make you love your dog or dogs more.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and sweet I loved this book. It was funny, sweet and I fell in love with the characters. This is a must read for dog lovers.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of Racing in the Rain Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in one day, finding it difficult to put down. I will have to speak to my dog differently from now on, assuming he is as insightful as Enzo is.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Racing in the Rain A very good read. A story from a dog's perspective makes one wonder of their own dogs antics. If only dogs could talk....
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read An important read with a timeless message.appealing to readers of many ages.great characters with important stories to learn
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute as cute can be! A easy read that will leave you smiling and wanting a new puppy! A nice read for any dog lover who's wondering what the heck is going on in that mutt's brain!
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of Racing in the Rain This book provides an insight into the mind of a dog and the love for his family, the depths in which he will go to help is master and the art of racing when his life has come to an end. Emotional, deep, funny, a really good read.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of racing in the rain A darling book. The story of a young family told through the wise perceptions of the loving family dog. Insightful. Could't put it down.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story! Written from a dog's point of view, this book is a heartwarming story of Enzo's journey through life with his master. Fantastically well written, this is a very easy book to read. Enzo's story is both hilarious and tear-jerking. Highly recommended read for anyone with or without a pet.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved this book. If you are looking for a book that draws out every emotion you have within, while unwittingly coaching you on how to live a good life, then this is the book for you! Everyone should have to read this book once. The world would be a better place!
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read ! Loved the book. While the book can be sad...its all of a sudden uplifting and cheerful. A real roller coaster of emotions :)
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Art of Racing in the Rain Recommended to me by niece, thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was sweet, funny and just a great read.
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art of Racing in the Rain I loved this story! It's my favourite read of the summer so far. The woman at the bookstore recommended it to me, but I would have never chosen it without her suggestion. I am so glad I took it! There are so many points in the story where you just think nothing can get sadder but its so uplifting at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone. Great read!
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised how much I enjoyed this a year to read Shantaram a few days to read this. really good read if you love dogs...but that's not necessary.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Art Of Racing in the Rain One of my favorite books!
Date published: 2014-07-16
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 ? Great feel good book.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Art of a Racing in the Rain If you are a dog lover, this is a must read! Keep the tissues handy.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic One of my favourite reads!
Date published: 2014-06-28
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: Arlene Somerton Smith
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