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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Paperback – June 9, 2009
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Christopher Evan Welch has a knack for delving into heart-wrenching material with finesse. Stein's tale of family, loss, redemption, and fast cars-recounted entirely from the perspective of a retriever-terrier mix named Enzo-ups the ante on the recent trend of high-concept anthropomorphism in popular fictions. Once listeners buy into Stein's premise, Welch faithfully delivers the goods. He is particularly effective in scenes where Enzo navigates the blurry area between his human-like thoughts and his base animal instincts (like when abandonment issues during a family medical emergency compel him to wreak havoc on a stuffed animal). Welch re-creates Enzo's pivotal moment of sheer bliss-riding on the track with his racecar driver human companion Denny-with evocative detail. The musical interludes at the start and end of the CD help preserve an earnest and dignified atmosphere. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 28).
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“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 ½ 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)
“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)
“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)
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As a rule I avoid sad dog things. Not because I don't like dogs, but because I love them. For me, a sad situation with a dog is 1000x worse than with a person, and I just don't have the emotional capability to keep it together. But a friend of mine recommended this book multiple times over the past year, so I finally bite the bullet and read it.
And let me tell you, I regret nothing. This book was amazing. I cried in the first chapter and could not stop reading. The voice of this book is crystal clear. It's wonderful to hear a life told from a dog's perspective and Enzo is so much more than just a dog. He is a confident, a shoulder, a protector, and a prisoner. I love him. I love Garth Stein for doing this.
The one disclaimer I have, don't read this in public. I finished this book in an airport and thought TSA was going to have to get involved. So many feels.
I like the story but had some issues with it. I found it to be slow at times, especially the long passages about racing and famous race car drivers which I ended up skimming over. The story of Denny’s life is pretty believable. I think it’s a cute and intriguing idea to narrate it this way, because we don’t really know what goes on in their heads. Enzo’s tangents on his favorite actors and tv shows were cute, but didn’t really add much to the story. It’s not how I imagine my dog thinking. I also didn’t really like how Enzo was omnipresent at certain points, telling parts of the story which he wasn’t present for. But the book definitely made me snuggle my dog a little closer!
You will find the dogs narration of his life funny, witty and touching. The book just made me appreciate reading again for pleasure. I really loved this book and its author.
I was reading the last chapter as I was landing at Ontario Airport on a visit to my daughter in Southern California when I began to cry. Seated as I was in a middle seat, I wondered if I could continue to the end without suffering a great deal of embarrassment but I persisted and I'm glad I did ('nuff said).
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Thank you for this wonderful novel. It really helps show the essence of what is important.