Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
on May 13th 2008
Pages: 321
Published by Harper Collins
Genres: Fiction

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. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

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 only a dog could tell it.

My Takeaway 

“The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

First of all, I’ve had The Art of Racing in the Rain on my to be read list for years! I finally borrowed an audio version from the library and listened to it (with my family) on our morning commute. The story is heartwarming, unique and emotional. The narrator of the story is a dog named Enzo and yes, I fell in love with his character. He is super intelligent, humorous and wise. As a dog lover, I appreciated Enzo’s perspective so much! I mean honestly, wouldn’t it be amazing if our pets could speak to us? Through Enzo, you get to know his master and race car driver, Denny, his wife (Eve) and young daughter (Zoe). You experience the family’s joy, setbacks, and triumphs. I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it — the audio version is excellent. Also, there’s a movie in the works by Disney – yay! 🙂

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