The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Large Print - 2008 | 1st HarperLuxe ed.
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The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein-a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog's efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

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: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. 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 Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2008.
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed.
ISBN: 9780061562402
0061562408
Branch Call Number: Large Print Fic
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 23 cm.

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CarleeMcDot
Oct 04, 2018

I got a recommendation about this book from a friend and decided to grab it for our trip to Hawaii. Well, when I posted my haul that was going on our vacation I got a ton of feedback from folks - most saying that this novel was amazing, but quite a few folks mentioning I shouldn't read it in public because it would leave me teary-eyed. Since I had a few days before our trip when I grabbed the books from the library I decided to read this one prior to our flight. I flew through it (took less than an afternoon, even for being over 300 pages long). Like people said, it was great. I loved the idea of the book - a story told from the perspective of a pet dog. If you have a pup, you probably feel like your doggy is an integral part of your family so this just made sense. Actually, it made me look at Walt and give him an extra big squench, even if he can't quite understand me like Enzo ;) From everyone's feedback I was expecting to be a blubbering mess for the majority of the book, but the tears only came in the last few pages. I'm so glad a friend recommended this book to me, and now I will totally recommend it to you! I would give it a 10 out of 10.

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hookmi
Sep 01, 2018

An amazing story about a man told by his pet dog, it’s one not to be missed and a movie currently being made.

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JanineOwings
Aug 21, 2018

Could not put this book down. Everytime I stopped crying l hit another chapter that had me start crying again. I didn't think I would like this book when it was recommended but what a great book. It is told from a dog's perspective on his owner's life.

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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WoodneathShirlee
Jul 11, 2018

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

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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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jcbraacx
Aug 19, 2018

One day I was walking down Bernerd st and spotted this book on a sales table at mosaic books. As soon as I picked it up I was intrigued by the title and thought without hesitation, this is a must read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story narrated from a dog. There was a lot of emotion involved in this story. Sadness and happiness to see the family go through so much and still come out good in the end..

ArapahoeKathryn Aug 17, 2016

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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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