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The Art of Racing in the Rain Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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Praise for The Art of Racing in The Rain:
‘The Art of Racing in the Rain is the perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn't only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then, I'm lucky enough to read a novel I can't stop thinking about: this is one of them.’ Jodi Piccoult
‘The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and–best of all–the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach to us about being human. I loved this book.’ Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
‘The Art of Racing in the Rain takes you on an unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes – and nose – of a dog. I found it fascinating.’ Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
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From Publishers Weekly
If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. (May)
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Through Enzo's eyes we learn so much about human nature, how each individual deals with adversity and how focus, grit and determination can ultimately triumph against apparently insurmountable odds, especially where love is involved, as it is in many forms in this story.
The author draws wonderful parallels between the skills and focus a racing driver needs to win the race, particularly when 'racing in the rain' and how those same skills and being focussed on the outcome, can keep us from skidding out of control in real life. He makes you believe that if you want a thing badly enough then anything is possible.
This is a story about love and the determination to succeed when the chips are down. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate that, or to enjoy this thoroughly engaging book.
I have seldom rooted for a character as much as I did Denny. His battle became very personal and I was totally immersed in his challenges. And yes, I was caught in that 'I can't put this book down until I know,' state.
I cried buckets. Happy tears, sad tears, just buckets of them.
Enzo, the hero of this book, has one major flaw; although his soul is very human he is in fact a dog. However this flaw makes his narration all the more endearing.
Enzo tells us the story of his life with his owner, and best friend, Denny. They have their fair share of hard times, as is often the case with books like this, but there's just something about the objectivity with which Enzo, a poodle lab mix, talks about human emotion that makes this book stand out from any other pet related book I've read.
I feel like we could all do with a dog like Enzo watching over us. This was a real feel good story.
It is a complete roller-coaster of a book which will have you laughing, crying and shouting in outrage at some of the characters and their actions. It is a complex but easy to read story which deals fabulously with the extreme good and bad that humans are capable of inflicting on each other and those around them. Unreservedly recommended - 5 stars!
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