The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein

HarperCollins | March 17, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Art of Racing in the Rain is rated 4.7241 out of 5 by 58.

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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Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0061738093

ISBN - 13: 9780061738098

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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: 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
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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Kobo eBookThe Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061738093

ISBN - 13: 9780061738098

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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.