The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner. The plot contains profanity and sexual situations.
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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061537936
0061537934
9780061537967
Call Number: Hi-Lo F STEIN GA
F STEIN GA
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm

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JaneCowell Aug 15, 2018

I found this title through a blog post about the ‘11 underrated books that will blow you away’ list and it was not something that I would pick up and read on a normal day. This is a bittersweet story of a family told through the eyes of the family dog. And no Enzo the dog cannot speak but he is totally aware of what is happening around him – and yes he also knows he is an unusually self-aware dog. This is simply delightful, sad, funny and very doglike and I am not really a dog person but I totally could be after empathising with Enzo and his master’s life journey. Enzo is the sole narrator of the story so the reader has to interact in this novel in a different way as you work out what is happening as Enzo only has a dog’s understanding and reports from what is happening around the family home. Stein maintains Enzo’s voice throughout the novel which I thought was a good feat seeing as Stein himself is not a dog! This is a literary read about a family drama and everyone I have recommended it to has given it a 5 star rating. It is about to be made into a film but there is no release date as yet so I am sure there will be a resurgence of popularity for this novel in the coming year. I have also downloaded his next novel A sudden light and hope it is just as good.

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francescocri
Jul 27, 2018

I found out that this book connected to me as soon as I picked it up. It talks about how animals may feel and relationships and emotions. A dog named Enzo, explains his life from his perspective. He talks about his personality, his problems and his way of thinking. He loves Formula One racing and thinks that the monkey's thumbs are supposed to be for dogs. I love animals and I love reading about their lives and perspectives in books.

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Matthew_Wild
Jun 30, 2018

If you don't cry reading this, you're doing it wrong. I blubbed. . . a couple of times. This is a relationship novel, a story of emotions, from a male perspective - dogs and race cars and all. The writing is so direct, so clear, it's like being there.

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toblibhc
Jun 09, 2018

I made many stops and starts with this book, believing that it was too sentimental for my reading taste, but the book proved me wrong! I ended up loving Enzo and wanting so much to pet him!! The last 100 pages are impossible to put down! Very Poignant dog tale for many readers, not just dog fans!

HCL_staff_reviews Jun 07, 2018

Enzo is a dog who regrets that his tongue is too long and flat to form words. He is also quite annoyed that the monkeys got the opposable thumbs. Despite his deficiencies, he figures out a way to tell the touching story of his owner's custody battle for his daughter. This book has it all: love, loss, car racing, and a talking dog. It is a very satisfying read with a great ending. The audio version is excellent as well. — Jan G., Penn Lake Library

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WhidbeyIslander
May 12, 2018

Dog's perspective: **** Car racing: **

This was a quick read, with many "aha" moments for people closely connected with their dogs. Enzo writes well and it's the pinnacle of anthropomorphism, which many a dog family believes in. Only thing I didn't enjoy was: too much car racing. (Maybe the title should have warned me.) Recommended for people like me who don't usually read "dog-books" because we sort of live one daily.

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13Liz
May 01, 2018

The audio narration for this book is very good. This a detailed well written story. At times I would get so annoyed with the author though. The main characters daughter aside, all females in this story are poorly written and are the cause of most of the problems the main character faces. This book is totally a man-fest. The dog loves all these male actors and race car drivers, so many dudes. This book would not pass the betchdel test. It is still pretty good though and I cried in the end, because I'm human. Would recommend the audio.

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Gryphinx
Apr 30, 2018

A touching book with an interesting premise - a family observed and recounted through the eyes of the surprisingly human family dog. I won't say this book is perfect - there aren't any plot points which you won't see coming a mile away, and hopefully you're interested in racing more than I am, as you'll get paragraphs and paragraphs and whole chapters talking about it, but it's a very short read, and well worth it.

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Gentowl
Mar 26, 2018

Couldn't get past the first chapter. This book is written from the viewpoint of the dog, as though dogs had the same thoughts and feelings as human beings. Instead of being cute, I found it exploited my human feelings about my dog and didn't care for the manipulation.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

Dog lovers, this story is sure to tug at your heartstrings!

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ArapahoeKathryn Aug 17, 2016

Excellent Documentary on the history and beliefs of Scientology. The film traces the movement from its initial beginning to the juggernaut it is today. A must see for anyone contemplating on becoming a member.

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

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.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

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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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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Buymoria
May 14, 2011

The race is long -- to finish first, first you must finish.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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