Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

What a great little read. The whole story is written from the mindset of a dog, and he, Enzo, takes you through his life. Starting from the time he was a puppy through the struggles of his aging body, he reflects on the life he witnessed and all that has impacted him. If you have a dog, or once had a dog, you should pick this up.

Publishers Weekly review from

If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoƫ, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. (May)
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  1. In my top three books of ALL time. Love love LOVE!

  2. I LOVE this book. It will forever be one of my favorites.

  3. I love dogs so I believe that is why I enjoyed this book so much. I kept thinking about my dog while reading the thoughts of Enzo and his human family.