Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Besides the great reviews, I bought this book because I am a dog lover. I was not disappointed. I have always felt that dogs have much to tell us about living, and Enzo, the dog in this story, is wise and philosophical. His observations are amusing, heartbreaking, and very accurate. Limited as he is in a dog’s body, he finds ways to express himself that are downright hysterical at times. He is an observant and entertaining narrator to a story that encompasses terminal illness and an ugly custody battle. He is strong for his master, Denny, and finds ways to encourage him and keep him fighting when he otherwise would’ve given up. The book was well-written, and Enzo was impossible not to love. Discussion ideas: Reincarnation, thoughts of dogs, and auto-racing. Favorite words: Lugubrious and implacable. Overall philosophy: Your car goes where your eyes go or that which you manifest is before you. An engaging read!

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Author: Allie

I was a Children's Librarian for 8 years and worked in Administration for several more. I love blogging about books, information, and other library related topics. Most of my blogs are book reviews.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein”

  1. You know, I never before noticed how Enzo’s inability to communicate forced him to find creative ways to communicate. Makes me think of how saying the right thing at the right time can be difficult even for us humans. Thanks for pointing it out!

    1. It is very frustrating trying to communicate when the right words just won’t come. To be a dog as wise and insightful as Enzo and not be able to speak, must be incredibly exasperating. He really worked hard to find ways to get his thoughts across, and I loved that about him. It makes me watch my dogs more closely to see what they are really trying to tell me. Thanks for commenting!

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