The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Pub date: June 9, 2009
  • Format: Paperback (Library copy)
  • Genre: Adult fiction

Quick Summary: Enzo is different from other dogs; he has a nearly human soul and has educated himself by watching TV and listening to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. The story opens when Enzo is close to life’s end and he tells the story of his life with the Swift family, the good times and the bad. He is a dog striving to be a human by learning everything he can and loving his human family as only a dog can until the very end.

General thoughts: This was another read for my book club and I really enjoyed it! It was a quick, touching, and funny read. I loved Enzo’s charming voice and perspective on humanity. I quickly became invested in the story of the Swift family and Enzo’s life with them. Some of the racing jargon went over my head, but the writing is filled with enough metaphors that the meaning is not lost. The ending was really touching and, honestly, perfect. I really should read more animal stories like this; I love the idea of being inside an animal’s mind.

“He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.”

My rating: 3 stars

Do I recommend it? Yes, this is the book for dog-lovers and those who like uplifting stories of hope.


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