The Art of Racing in the Rain Paperback – 22 May 2018
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"I savored Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair."--Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
"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...meant for each other never really comes to an end."--Jodi Picoult
"The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and--most especially--the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human."--Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants
"One of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, and Yann Martel's Life of Pi."--Portland Oregonian
"Splendid."--People (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice."--Entertainment Weekly
"The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and--most especially--the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book."--Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
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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.
A book that was both sad and funny throughout, but these contrasting emotions worked. Tears and laughter. You HAD to love Enzo the main character who wrote this in the first person as a dog, making many profound statements.
The story theme, family disaster made sense but initially waiting for the death of Eve took over all else. I personally also struggled with the constant reference to racing which I particularly dislike. It was clear however that accurate research had been completed especially into formula 1 to make this happen.
Other characters were good, strong daughter and "the twins".
The end I felt was excellent. We all want something after death. I believed in Enzo, felt his death and return. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to many and look forward to book club comments to come next month.