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The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Published: 5th March 2009
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A heart-warming and inspirational 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. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life. Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a testament to a man's life, given by his dog. But it is also a testament to the dog, himself. Though Enzo cannot speak, he understands everything that happens around him as he bears witness to his master's problems. His enforced muteness only refines his listening ability, and allows him to understand many of life's nuances that are lost on most humans. With humour, sharp observation, and a courageous heart, Enzo guides the reader to the bittersweet yet ultimately satisfying conclusion: there are no limitations to what we can achieve, if we truly know where we want to be.

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    5.0

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    By Anne

    from Melbourne

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      Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

      what a beautifully written book. A truly touching and easy to read story of love and devotion. highly recommended - I was left wanting more.

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      5.0

      A must read for dog lovers

      By Donkey girl

      from North Coast NSW

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        Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

        This book is such an inciteful portrayal of life from a dogs point of view. Anyone who has a dog or any pet they love will understand how this could be exactly what is going on in the pet's mind. As a fan of car racing I particularly enjoyed his estimation drivers. Amusing and touching, I loved the wisdom of the dog and his simple view of our complicated life.It may just be a work of fiction but there are many element of truth in these pages. The best book I have read in ages.

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        5.0

        Must read this book!!!

        By Jules

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          Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

          Absolutely loved this book. Inspiring, heartfelt, uplifting - I can't stop thinking about it!! Will buy copies for friends and family as gifts.

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          5.0

          Bought two copies

          By Bear

          from Regional NSW

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            Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

            Bought two copies - one for me, one for my daughter who is a vet. Every vet should have this book on their shelf. Made me laugh and cry for every dog I have ever owned and loved.

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            5.0

            A heart warming story!!

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              Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

              This book really makes you look at your dog in a different way. As humans, I feel we underestimate canine intelligence, and this story shows a glimpse of what we already suspect! Perhaps man's best friend can really predict illness, and he tries to communicate with us on a daily basis, only lacking the ability to form actual words. A sad but heart warming story at the same time, if you own a dog you will enjoy this amazing book!

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              Thumbs up!!

              By LilyRose

              from Adelaide AU

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                This book was recomemnded to me by a friend, a fellow dog lover, and i loved it! It's of those books that you can't put down.

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                Praise for The Art of Racing in The Rain: 'The Art of Racing in the Rain is 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 who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then, I'm lucky enough to read a novel I can't stop thinking about: this is one of them.' Jodi Piccoult 'The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and-best of all-the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach to us about being human. I loved this book.' Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants 'The Art of Racing in the Rain takes you on an unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes - and nose - of a dog. I found it fascinating.' Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation Praise for How Evan Broke His Head: "An engrossing family drama." Publishers Weekly "A powerful story" Seattle Times

                ISBN: 9780007281190
                ISBN-10: 0007281196
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 336
                Published: 5th March 2009
                Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.5
                Weight (kg): 0.27