The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Book - 2008
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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, Zo#65533;, 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 Zo#65533; 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 : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2008
ISBN: 9780061537936
Branch Call Number: FIC Stei
Characteristics: 321 pages

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You'll laugh, cry, ponder and love the narrator of this whimsical tale - Enzo, a lab-terrier mix.


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zabby21
Sep 25, 2016

My favorite book of all times. If you haven't read it, you're missing out.

AL_TATYANA Aug 07, 2016

It is one of the most touching stories! Enzo, a philosopher dog, is sometimes more human than people. One of my favorite books!

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pjmreads
Aug 06, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Enzo, the dog, is an amazing, observant participant in the life of this family. I found it to be totally accurate regarding the racing techniques and strategies also and this added greatly to my enjoyment. Life is hard but it is how we deal with the cards we are given is what this book shows us. A lovely read

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jannylegs
Aug 01, 2016

Not as powerful as I'd hoped, but still worth reading. I guess while I enjoyed Enzo the dog's voice, I found his humans rather flat and boring. Of course I balled like a baby at the end.....

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monafields
Feb 11, 2016

I have listened to this book at least six times now over the years...never gets old. Love Enzo!

cmlibrary_aghilton Feb 01, 2016

Amazing story! Keep your tissues handy!!

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susanlovesbooks
Jan 28, 2016

A great book for anyone living with cancer or facing any other kind of difficult life challenge. Enzo, the canine narrator, shares wisdom gained from his beloved owner, Denny, as well as from watching television. Auto racing is used as a metaphor for life. In keeping with this idea, racing in the rain can be dangerous and scary, but you can develop skills to be successful. Enzo has many wise thoughts such as “There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”

CatherineG_1 Jan 27, 2016

Read this with book club - great for discussions.

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 13, 2015

It's one of the best books I've ever read. I love Enzo anthropomorphized dog.

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kellyakemp
Oct 01, 2015

Amazing book!

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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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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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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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