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Thursday, May 24, 2012

"The Art of Racing in the Rain"

by Garth Stein, AF, 2008, Playaway digital audio, 7hrs, rating=4
Source: library ISBN#9781436132527
Cover: is different from one I listened to, can't find it on the web

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. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoƫ at his side.
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. (Goodreads)

The afflictions kept on adding up and so this was not a pleasant read.  Talk about, when it rains it pours!  Such a downer but the telling of the journey through Enzo's (family dog) point of view provided compassion that hooked me.  Enzo's insights was spot on and his voice to the situations compelling. 

This was a fantastic book!  The characters were endearing and the story heartwarming.  Truly, Enzo's narration to his family's journey was a great way to see a better outlook on life that only a beloved pet could discern.  This novel sincerely brought out the intense feelings of love our domestic companions have for us and a reminder of great worth they offer as member of our family.  Lucky to those who had or has an Enzo in their life for such is a gift of life enrichment and joy!

I love and miss you Gigi and Crystal!  I'll see you in heaven when my time's up. 


  1. Jinky I read this book several years ago and still remember reading it like it was yesterday, parts of it were a real tear jerker for me.

  2. Hi Brenda and Tracy! Thanks for stoppin' by.

  3. Could be a real downer at times, but I find it's the hard times that really show what our attitudes on life are. Enzo's perspective was great, just snarky enough that it didn't get sappy.


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