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The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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 the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, ZoË, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with ZoË at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, which won a 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, and Raven Stole the Moon. He has also written a full-length play, Brother Jones, which was described as "brimming with intensity" by the L.A. Weekly. Garth worked as a documentary filmmaker for eight years, and directed, produced or co-produced several award winning films. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for eighteen years, Garth returned to Seattle, where he currently lives with his family and their dog, Comet.

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5.0

This book is a triumph of story telling

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    This book is well written. Right from the start it sets you up for what is to come. Amazing i've made everyone read it.

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    5.0

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      Easy to read, moving, funny

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      5.0

      Great book!

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        Great book!

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        4.0

        Loved it!

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          Comments about The Art of Racing in the Rain:

          I bought, and read, this book for an upcoming book club meet. It was an easy read and it didn't take me long to get through it. I'd never read a book from the point of view of a dog - it was definitely a unique perspective and I found it sweet and emotive. I'd recommend it as a holiday read or for someone looking for something light and easy. A warning though, some readers may need to have tissues handy!

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          4.0

          From a dog's point of view

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              I have not finished this book yet. I am savouring it and am not rushing to finish it

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              5.0

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                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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                A must read for dog lovers

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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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                  Must read this book!!!

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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

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                      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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                        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: 321
                        Published: 1st August 2009
                        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                        Country of Publication: GB
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 2.0
                        Weight (kg): 0.28