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The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Stein, Garth

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
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Baker & Taylor
Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family.

HARPERCOLL

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 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, Zoe, 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 Zoe 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver; the painful custody battle between Denny and his in-laws, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family. 200,000 first printing.
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 : HarperCollins, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061537936
0061537934
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 321 p. : 22 cm.

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Dec 16, 2014
  • star20rkb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book, told from the dogs point of view. Watching his owners many pitfalls and triumphs. This book made me laugh and cry. It was wonderful

Dec 16, 2014
  • Audrey1976 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh boy. Having known the love and companionship of a dog from puppy to senior citizen, I had to wait a while after her death to read this book. It was worth the wait.

First of all, Stein is a northwest author, and this story takes place locally, which I always appreciate.

Secondly, the brilliance of telling the story through the dog Enzo's eyes, really is unique and special.

There will be many tears. Laughter at Enzo's canine humiliations, and a roller coaster of emotions over Denny's pitfalls and triumphs. Highly recommend this one.

Nov 29, 2014
  • lilianabeatriz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful Book. I enjoyed so much.
Highly recommended!

Nov 25, 2014
  • obrads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is so emotional, meaningful and an amazing read! I enjoyed every minute of it.

Nov 12, 2014
  • spudwil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A quick read and a wonderful, heartwarming story. I balled tears of joy and sadness at a few parts of the book and I don't even have a dog! Don't worry if you don't understand the racing references; they are just metaphors for life. Highly recommended!

Oct 20, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enzo the dog narrates a heart-tugging story about his owner Denny and all the struggles (and joy) that he encounters in staying true to his beliefs. Enzo observes and supports Denny as he builds his career, has a child, loses his wife to a debilitating illness and survives the vicious attempt by his in-laws to gain custody of his daughter. This book is a dog-lover’s delight and an uplifting read.

I really enjoyed this novel. An easy read that flowed, it was a real tear jerker!

Jul 31, 2014
  • bibliomutti rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

You could describe this one as a manly tearjerker.

I'm surprised at how much I loved this book... being a mom, at least half a generation ahead of the author, and not into race car driving.

"That which we manifest is before us" has been running in my head for some days now.

I'd recommend this book to almost anyone; except lawyers and dog haters! ; )

this book is amazing only I don't like the language but the rest it great!

A sweet, tragic, funny, and finally uplifting story that anyone who owns a dog will love. Enzo a lab-terrier mix is the constant companion and support for aspiring race car driver Denny Swift. Denny’s life is not easy, his marriage to Eve is solid and they have a daughter named Zoe. However Eve’s family does not support or approve of Denny’s racing dreams and when Eve gets sick Denny’s lack of resources and his self doubt put him at the family’s mercy. Throughout the struggle and Eve’s illness Enzo is there for Denny and Zoe. Enzo’s point of view provides insightful observations and sometimes comic relief from our all too ‘human’ problems and drama

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Oct 19, 2011
  • susettem rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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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Nov 14, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Nov 14, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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May 14, 2011
  • Buymoria rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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