The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061537936
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Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm

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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. Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch, a noted actor and Broadway star.


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GMorey
Jan 09, 2019

A very heartfelt story. Exceptionally written and full of emotion. By the end, I had slight tears in my eyes, and that does not happen often. A very good book and I highly recommend it.

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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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CarleeMcDot
Oct 04, 2018

I got a recommendation about this book from a friend and decided to grab it for our trip to Hawaii. Well, when I posted my haul that was going on our vacation I got a ton of feedback from folks - most saying that this novel was amazing, but quite a few folks mentioning I shouldn't read it in public because it would leave me teary-eyed. Since I had a few days before our trip when I grabbed the books from the library I decided to read this one prior to our flight. I flew through it (took less than an afternoon, even for being over 300 pages long). Like people said, it was great. I loved the idea of the book - a story told from the perspective of a pet dog. If you have a pup, you probably feel like your doggy is an integral part of your family so this just made sense. Actually, it made me look at Walt and give him an extra big squench, even if he can't quite understand me like Enzo ;) From everyone's feedback I was expecting to be a blubbering mess for the majority of the book, but the tears only came in the last few pages. I'm so glad a friend recommended this book to me, and now I will totally recommend it to you! I would give it a 10 out of 10.

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hookmi
Sep 01, 2018

An amazing story about a man told by his pet dog, it’s one not to be missed and a movie currently being made.

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JanineOwings
Aug 21, 2018

Could not put this book down. Everytime I stopped crying l hit another chapter that had me start crying again. I didn't think I would like this book when it was recommended but what a great book. It is told from a dog's perspective on his owner's life.

JaneCowell Aug 15, 2018

I found this title through a blog post about the ‘11 underrated books that will blow you away’ list and it was not something that I would pick up and read on a normal day. This is a bittersweet story of a family told through the eyes of the family dog. And no Enzo the dog cannot speak but he is totally aware of what is happening around him – and yes he also knows he is an unusually self-aware dog. This is simply delightful, sad, funny and very doglike and I am not really a dog person but I totally could be after empathising with Enzo and his master’s life journey. Enzo is the sole narrator of the story so the reader has to interact in this novel in a different way as you work out what is happening as Enzo only has a dog’s understanding and reports from what is happening around the family home. Stein maintains Enzo’s voice throughout the novel which I thought was a good feat seeing as Stein himself is not a dog! This is a literary read about a family drama and everyone I have recommended it to has given it a 5 star rating. It is about to be made into a film but there is no release date as yet so I am sure there will be a resurgence of popularity for this novel in the coming year. I have also downloaded his next novel A sudden light and hope it is just as good.

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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..

ArapahoeKathryn Aug 17, 2016

Excellent Documentary on the history and beliefs of Scientology. The film traces the movement from its initial beginning to the juggernaut it is today. A must see for anyone contemplating on becoming a member.

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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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