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The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel
Stein, Garth (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Stein, Garth
Title: The art of racing in the rain
a novel
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: 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.
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ISBN: 0061537934
9780061537936
Statement of Responsibility: Garth Stein
Subject Headings: Automobile racing drivers Fiction. Dogs Fiction.
Genre/Form: Experimental fiction.
Topical Term: Automobile racing drivers
Dogs
LCCN: 2007033890
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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

Feb 19, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enzo is a dog who in his final moments fondly recalls the life he has had with his family. He observes every aspect of their lives with compassion, bearing witness to their most private moments, as well as their innermost feelings, and knows things that only a dog could know. It is Denny whom he knows and loves the most though. Denny is his sun, and his hero. Denny, and in turn, Enzo are passionate about racing. In his recollection he often uses it as a metaphor for life, and in particular situations, as rallying advice on how to face one's problems. Little details relate back to racing, and the title in particular metaphorically describes the downpour the family races through. Enzo may not have the ability to speak, but he completely understands the human language, and in terms of intelligence would equate to a well-educated human. He is philosophical, theorizes on scientific principles, and has spiritual beliefs. Many of his thoughts are insightful, but being a dog, some are quite funny as well. Above all, Enzo desires to be human, with our dexterous thumbs and ability to speak. Despite his frustration at being unable to help more, he bemoans our inefficiencies, especially regarding our sense of smell. Profound, and full of emotional impact, Enzo provides a perspective that is unlike a humans, but is more than human at its heart.

Feb 10, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not a huge animal person nor do I really care about race-car driving... so I thought I wouldn't really care for this book, but I did! Enzo's "voice" is so unique and so endearing. The story is heart wrenching and heart warming.. and I didn't want to stop reading. It could easily be read in one sitting.

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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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