The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2009.
ISBN: 9780061738098
Characteristics: 336 p.
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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SnoIsleLib_JulieN
Apr 24, 2019

The story is told from a dog's point of view who was more like a human philosopher on a quest to understand the human condition. He is funny , intelligent, and a loving dog helping to keep his family together through good times, loss and tragedy. This book made me laugh out loud and cry at times. It is well written and you won't be able to put it down.

I loved reading this book

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mommyhyatt2
Mar 18, 2019

GREAT BOOK!

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kmobuckeye
Feb 24, 2019

Anybody who has ever loved a dog needs to read this. I laughed a lot and cried a little too! So good!

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lauralaura
Feb 09, 2019

I enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book but then it quickly became tiresome. Grandparents who sue for custody within hours of a parent dying? A fake rape charge on top of that? Very tiresome. I abandoned ship thereafter.

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oPod
Jan 02, 2019

An unremarkable and predictable tale, but there is a catch. It's narrated through the lense of a dog. Unfortunately, despite the dog's strong senses, instinct and intellect the dog's perspective remains unremarkable, much on the level of an occasionally insightful child. He has his biases and a species superiority complex, making him prone to rants insulting other animals: chimpanzees, platypuses, crows, etc. There was a sad unnecessary chapter where the dog is abused. At the end of three days of starvation the dog is struck down in a misdirected fit of rage. The savage scene is then brushed off and reasoned away, as dogs are loyal and forgiving creatures that are built to endure days without food, yet hallucinate when do so. As an animal lover myself, a dog talking trash about other animals and the incident of abuse are disheartening. The multiple references to the fact that dogs can't talk and lack opposable thumbs and yet we're ironically reading his writing or listening to his audio book quickly becomes numbing and tiresome. This overly done jest of the irony of a dog authored tale emphasizes that this is a sub par tale that just happens to be told by a dog... I like the concept, but it's misdirected. Some of the dog insights are intersting and humorous, but for the reasons above it's flaws are fatal. Not suitable for some children due to references to sex.

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burdeckija
Dec 27, 2018

Recommended by ? at the Help Center.

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anniecat1
Dec 25, 2018

What an awesome book from a unique perspective! Enzo is my kind of dog and Denny my driving method hero. The car goes where the eyes go indeed. Everything about this book resonated with me, especially staying the course and not giving up when your heart and soul knows what is right. This book is a keeper. Now, I am very much anticipating other books by Garth Stein and have inundated our local Library with hold requests.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

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graceemerritt
Dec 09, 2018

THIS BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFUL. If you love dogs you will definitely like this book. It makes you look at your dog and wonder, "what is going on in that head of yours?". I cried at the end. Good and easy read.

If you ever wondered what your dog is thinking, this book is for you! I fell in love with Enzo the lab-terrier mix, as he cheerfully fit into the Swift’s family life. What follows is heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, redemption. This book is a page-turner, easy to read, and captivating. A must-read for a dog lover or someone who dreams of becoming a car racer! (submitted by IM)

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jcbraacx
Aug 19, 2018

One day I was walking down Bernerd st and spotted this book on a sales table at mosaic books. As soon as I picked it up I was intrigued by the title and thought without hesitation, this is a must read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story narrated from a dog. There was a lot of emotion involved in this story. Sadness and happiness to see the family go through so much and still come out good in the end..

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

A tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs - he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs' a philospher with a nearly human soul (and a obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and listening carefully to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up and coming race car driver. Now in his twightly years, Enzo finds himself thinking back on his life with the Swift family, reflecting on all he has learned about the human conditions and how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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Buymoria
May 14, 2011

The race is long -- to finish first, first you must finish.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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