The Art of Racing in the Rain
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he see ...more
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There were some things, plot-wise, that felt a bit unnecessary (those damn grandparents) but other that that, I loved this! It never felt weird to be reading from the perspective of a dog, which was a huge surprise to me. Enzo sort of reminded me of Garfield in some ways, like how he had snarky little comments and criticisms that we, as readers, are privy to. It was super entertaining!
This was an incredibly emotional story, but it ...more
The narrator is a dog.
There is much mentioning of racing - Formula One, NASCAR, Indy....
and the narrator is a dog. But I think I mentioned that already.
I liked this book so much that it made me want a dog. No, it made me want this dog. And I don't even like dogs.
Enzo, a terrier/lab mutt, believes in his next life he will be human. As he feels practically human already, just limited to grand gestures due to his loose-muscled tongue and lack of ...more
B). The first line of this book is, "Enzo knew he was diferent from other dogs"
C). This book is written from the perspective of a dog.
D).Inside the book there are statements such as, "That which you maifest is before you." and "No race has ever been won in the first corner; many races have been lost there".
E). This book is written from the perspective of a dog.
F). Starbucks is heavily promoting it.
G). This book is written from the perspectiv ...more
Equally disappointing is disliking the work of a local author. I always want to like local authors (and artists of all stripes), but it isn't always possible.
First, I don't think automobile racing is a good metaphor for life. Maybe it is, but I have a bias. I hate the automobile. I think the personal automobile is the single most destructive concept we've conceived. To then race them (in circles, no l ...more
An amazing book; one of the best I’ve read in over a decade. Some of you, who know me, are aware that I am still friends with my ex-husband; a relationship that spans over 32 years. What you may not know is that he is battling the Big “C” – cancer. Now, after five valiant years, he is debating whether to enter Hospice or not. Needless to say, the last thing I, a dog-lover and ex-ICU nurse, wanted to do was read a book where a wonderful canine, Enzo, on the eve of his death, recalls ...more
1. Enzo is the coolest. dog. ever. And that includes my dog, who happens to be pretty hip. He's caring, he's funny. I love it.
2. The way Enzo narrates is awesome. I have a feeling that if dogs - smart dogs, who are about to come back as men - could talk, this is what they would sound like.
3. I plowed through this book because I was utterly unable to put it down. It isn't so much that I wanted to find out what happened next in the plot; I wanted to find out what Enzo had to say and w ...more
I was immediately sucked into the book and did not want to put it down. It has very short chapters so I kept saying, "Just one more," and then the book was over. But it is still in my thoughts, a really good sign.
I th ...more
I went into this novel not knowing much about it really, only afraid I wouldn't be able to handle it if it was too sad (being the animal lover than I am) and had already started a great classic play I was eager to get into, but after reading two chapters of The Art of Racing in The Rain I knew it would be utterly impossible to put it down...and it was.
This story is so much more than I thought it would be. It is touching, inspirational, filled with kindness, understanding and...more
The first thing I could not help but notice was the writing style, composed of simpl ...more
I had stumbled across three reviews of this book within one 24 hour period, so I felt like I was being led to read this book that on the surface help only a small appeal - a story from a dog's perspective - pretty uniq ...more
This novel was as close to perfect as they come.
I saw this book going through everyone's feed a year or so back and naturally, my inner rebel came out and I refused to read it. A few weeks ago when I was browsing the available audio books at my local library, I saw this and put a hold on it. Even I can't be a rebel forever. It came in at the end of last week and I finally read (listened) to the damned thing.
I just finished one of the biggest crying jags a book has ever caused me. I lo ...more
Here's why: from the beginning we know that Enzo (the pooch!) is recalling his life story on the eve of his death. That fact struck like an arrow in my heart because in August I had to put my dog to sleep. A first for me even though I've been around for ...more
The tale here is a narrative from the mind of Enzo, an airedale mix living in the Seattle area with his beloved master Denny, a race car driver. We experience a dogs-eye view of his courtship of Eve, the birth and babyhood of their daughter Zoë, a family crisis from a slowly developing medical condition of ...more
However, I love dogs. Dogs are much better than humans on any given day. This book was written from the dog's point of view. Cute, right?
Enzo is the old, dying dog who tells the story of his life with his master. I'm not gonna lie. I loved the dog. He destroys a pile of stuffed animals because they are "taunting" him. He eats a pepper and s ...more
explained that that is what will happen to dogs such as himself). He was picked out of a litter at 12 weeks old by semi-pro race car driver Denny and was there for Denny meeting and marrying Eve and a witness to the couple's
daughter Zoe's home birth. And, alas, he was ther ...more
This is the second time I read this book. It was a book club choice, and my mind wasn't changed on it after a re-read.
The story of The Art of Racing in the Rain is told by Enzo, a dog that Denny, a race car driver rescued when he was just a pup.
Enzo loves to watch TV when left to fend for himself at home. His favorite thing to watch is auto races (naturally), but he does learn about life by watching other programs that may be left on (for Enzo understands English perfectly, na ...more
"We are the creators of our own destiny."
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a novel by Garth Stein from 2008, about an aspiring racing driver, his dreams and his life struggles. The novel would be a fairly ordinary contemporary tale, except that it is written from the point of view of the main character's dog, a labrador retriever, terrier cross called Enzo. The dog was named after Enz ...more
The story is told by the dog from the dog's ...more
If you've ever owned or loved a dog, you will love Enzo, dog extraordinaire. The book summaries describe him as a philosopher, and we are treated to his thoughts on the meaning of life, on souls, on what comes after death, and more. Not in a pedantic way, but very anecdotal. He celebrates his own doggishness, while striving to curb his 'animal instincts' and live as a human would in order to 'earn' reincarnation as a human. He bemoans his lack of a thumb and a facile tongue to ...more
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