The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein
Published: May 13, 2008
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!!!
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. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.
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.
Usually when I finish reading a book, I will check out the community reviews of that book on Goodreads…just to see if other people are having the same thoughts/opinions as mine. With this book, I couldn’t care less what the rest of the reviews said…I absolutely ADORED this book!
I know a book is going to be good when it makes my eyes well up with tears by page 8. I know a book is good when it has you (embarrassingly) crying at your son’s soccer practice. I know a book is good when I don’t want to put it down almost from the moment I start it. This book was all three of those and more for me!
If you are a dog owner or even a dog lover, you NEED to read this book. But I warn you…have a supply of tissues handy…an adequate supply of tissues. When I read the synopsis, I was worried that the story might lean towards being sappy or too cutesy, but it wasn’t at all. The story being told in the perspective of the dog was brilliant, actually, and not cheesy in the least. There were so many wonderful quotes from this story, but I will only share my most favorite (and don’t worry….this doesn’t spoil anything): “He died that day because he body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.”
I has easily moved into one of my top all time favorite books. Read it. You won’t be disappointed 🙂