The Art of Racing in the Rain
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he see ...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
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
I was skeptical going in . . . this is the part where I fear pet lovers will start unfriending me and/or sending me hate mail! I am not a big pet person so I have been putting this off because I heard it is told from the point of view ...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
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
If you're like me (avoiding sad books like the plague), you'll feel the urge to abandon this book after Chapter 1.
Don't do that.
There is an absolutely beautiful story that has to be told (and don't worry, the ending is not as sad as the beginning implies.)
I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs.Enzo belongs to Denny (and Eve and Zoe, but mostly ...more
This is the story of Enzo, a philosopher dog with an obsession with opposable thumbs, racing, his family and his belief that when he dies he will be reincarnated as a man. The story is told solely from Enzo's perspective and I found it funny and imaginative. I couldn't help but near constantly re ...more
What’s going on?
And you thought this was a DOG story? Don’t let those other 8,249 Amazon reviews fool ya. Just because you see a Golden Retriever on the cover of Garth Stein’s novel.....this novel isn’t a doggy dog story at all.
I don’t care if you own a dog or not - own cats or birds or nothin- this book is more HUMAN than HUMAN!!! ENZO is showing us the BEST QUALITIES of HUMANITY.
I may be late to the party in reading thi ...more
It was such a touching and uplifting story about the life of Enzo the dog, which was told from his own perspective. I found this story to be ...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, re ...more
Enzo (the canine) is a very wise and loyal soul, and he's constantly explaining his thought processes about... well, everything. The way Enzo views the world, sees humans, and interprets everyday events is quite comical. I kept thinking, “Yep. That's exactly what I would think too.... you know.... if I was a dog.” I laughed right out loud when he said, “Case in Point: The Dew Claw.” 😂😂
Enzo's human daddy is a race car driver, and a lover ...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
The first thing I could not help but notice was the writing style, composed of simpl ...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 think the idea of a dog narrator is novel and fun—and going into the book I was really excited to see how it was done and read from a unique perspective. However, I though ...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
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
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 book is narrated by a pooch named Enzo, an observant insightful Labrador-Terrier mix. Enzo loves his owner Denny Swift, a race car driver who starts out as a customer service rep at a car dealership in Seattle. Enzo and Denny watch TV together, especially the Speed Channel and - when he's left home alone - Enzo likes to watch the Weather Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, etc.
As the book opens Enzo is old and dying but hopeful he'll be reincarnated as a human - a notion h ...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