The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

The first book with a dog as the narrator that I’ve enjoyed, The Art of Racing in the Rain isn’t just about Enzo and the events he perceives through his canine eyes, but a story encompassing family, morality, and humility. Enzo possessed a remarkably sophisticated yet real perspective, juxtaposing race car driving with life while detailing the journey of his owner, Denny.

I expected to force myself through this novel. I’ve never connected with the few books I’ve read with an animal as the narrator or the protagonist. The Art of Racing in the Rain took me in the opposite direction. I finished the book nearing midnight with school six hours away, flipping the pages in a frenzy to figure out what was going to happen.

A superb read. I’ve never had a dog, but now when I meet people or see friends who own one, I’ll immediately recommend this book to them. If you’re a pet-owner, or just someone looking for a fantastic novel (like me), you should check this one out.

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2 responses to “The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

  1. Belgie

    Such a touching story filled with tears and laughs with an unlikely narrator. I am a dog lover so I may be a bit biased when I say I loved Enzo and his unwavering loyalty and devotion to his owner Denny. You don’t have to be a dog lover however, to enjoy this book. It’s an easy read that brought me to my happy place by the time I finished it because I was touched by Denny and everything he went through and how ultimately he won the race with Enzo right there by his side all along reminding him not to give up.

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