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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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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.

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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 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.

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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.

Authors: Stein, Garth
Statement of Responsibility: Garth Stein
Title: The art of racing in the rain
a novel
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 321 p. : 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Dogs Fiction Automobile racing drivers Fiction
Genre/Form: Experimental fiction
Topical Term: Dogs
Automobile racing drivers
LCCN: 2007033890
ISBN: 9780061537936
0061537934
Branch Call Number: FIC S
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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

Jun 02, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Had this recommended to me by one of the librarians at Fendalton Library, and absolutely loved it. Enzo is a beautiful character, full of empathy and understanding and frustration at not being able to express it to his humans! Lovely story, thoroughly recommend it.

May 05, 2014
  • PearlyKayAm1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good book. Too many racing references, though.

At first when I picked up this book I thought is was going to be just another story in a dogs perspective. When I started reading it though I just couldn't put it down. I personally loved this book because it tells an astounding story of loss, love, and hardships of life. It made me cry throughout the whole book so keep a box of tissues near.

One of the books I recommend most, because I love it and because I think lots of different types of people would like it. My husband liked it because he thought it was about racing. I like it because I think it’s about families navigating through obstacles on the road of life.

So, the story is told from the point of view of the family dog and before you think, oh, that’s corny, it’s not. I was hesitant at first too, but the dog point of view is very unique and well done. Enzo is the dog, well, actually a nearly human soul trapped in a dog’s body. Enzo has learned much from watching television and listening to Denny, his master and aspiring race car driver. As Enzo senses the end of his life, he recalls the family struggles: Denny’s unexpected loss of his wife, Eve, and the subsequent custody battle over Zoë, their daughter, whose maternal grandparents pull out all the dirty tricks. In the end, it is Enzo that comes to the rescue of the family and in the process, he thinks, learns what it takes to be a human. It is a great story of hope and perseverance in the face of despair. Read it. You’ll like it, but keep the tissues handy.

Mar 01, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very creative book, describing heartbreaking family events from a dog's point of view.

Saw in San Ansellmo 2nd hand bookstore

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Sep 06, 2014
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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
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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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