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The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
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 t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061537967
ISBN-10: 0061537969
Publication Date: 6/1/2009
Pages: 321
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4.2 stars, based on 1010 ratings
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 29
It has been a while since I have read a book that made me stop, think, and just relish the reading. Oh, and made me get the tissue. This was the book.

To put it simply, this is the tale of Enzo, the dog, who was adopted by a family. The family includes Denny, Eve, and little Zoe. Denny, a race car driver, is Enzo's primary "person" and caretaker.

Life through the eyes of Enzo is funny, sad, scary, and ultimately rewarding. There are several plot twists in the novel and I don't want to give them away (although, I think the book would have been just fine without one of the major ones).

You do not need to like racing or even like dogs to enjoy this touching, absorbing, amazing book. If I ever get a dog, I want one just like Enzo. Two barks! (You will know what that means if you read it!)
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Helpful Score: 24
I found this book amazing and truly enjoyed reading it. Because it was written from a dog's perspective, I found it unique and so interesting. You can't help falling in love with Enzo (the dog)and his family. This is not a funny, happy story like the Marley book, but rather a story about the life of Enzo's owner, which was quite sad and difficult at times. There's a lot written about car racing and most of these references were used as metaphors about life. Sometimes the racing information was a bit much for me, but I still loved the story.

This is a story about one man's hardships and how he overcame the obstacles in his life. I could not put this book down and fell head over heels in love with Enzo and his family. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 17
I started reading this book on a sunday afternoon around 4pm and couldn't put it down until around 7pm. I read it from start to finish (in between potty breaks). I LOVED this book.

I was crying by page 4, laughing by page 25 and crying again by page 100. You LOVE this dog and the thoughts he has of his surroundings and his human companions and one angry zebra. :)
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Helpful Score: 6
I LOVED this book. I fell in love with it from the first page when I realized it was written from the point of view of the dog!! I am so head over heels in love with my dog and often wonder what he is thinking. Now thanks to this book I now wonder how Cam would tell my story. What would he have to say about our life together?

The Art of Racing in the Rain is written from Enzo's perspective. Enzo is Denny's dog. It tells the story of how Eve, Denny's wife, enters the picture. It tells the story of how their daughter Zoe joins the family. It tells the story of Eve's tragic and unexpected death. And it tells the story of how Denny fights for his family all through Enzo's eyes.

You are probably wondering where the title comes from. Denny is a race car driver. Not like NASCAR race car, but like fancy Italian cars racing. Enzo has learned a lot about racing from Denny and watching races with Denny, and even riding in the race car with Denny.

Oh and did I mention that Enzo likes TV and learned on a documentary that when dogs die they come back as a man? And Enzo can not wait to come back as a man!

I laughed, I cried, I flew through this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! A great read!!
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Helpful Score: 4
Easy read about the power of making good choices. Written from the perspective of the family dog,it will have you laughing out loud at times. Believable yet completely fiction, the kind of book that makes you think twice about your actions and place in the world. A definite reccommend!
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As an avid dog lover I enjoyed this book very much. It was written through the eyes of the dog. He is telling the story. It's a tearjerker in some spots and then the next page I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things this dog said and did. It was a very enjoyable book.
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Great book!
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This book will make you both laugh and cry. Highly recommend it!


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