The Art of Racing in the Rain

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 knows that life, like racing, is n't imply 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, gratitud, and hope, The Art of Racing in the ain is a eautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life ... as only a dog could tell it.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
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Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Collins

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I was meandering around Borders one Saturday when I saw a dog 's head on the cover of the novel, and since I am magnetized to animals ( especially dogs), I had to pick it up and leaf through it.

Although obviously written by a person ( or my dog has some explaining to do as I was under the impression that dogs do not have opposable thumbs and ca n't write), it could be so compellin and heartwarming to read through a dog 's perspective.By page six I was sobbing and sniffling.

I did n't buy thi book hen because, as an animal lover, I am especially sensitive to certain subjects.

As a doggy mom, I am more sensitive and I ca n't bear to think about certain things, whether peaceful or otherwise.

Maybe it 's because this is what I expec to say and what I know to hink because I think my own boy will leave me some day, but I forgot to elieve that ll of Enzo 's thoughts are real and that when it is time, they ant you to let them go.

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Thi is good writing to make me feel so many different emotions while reading/listening to a book.It was such a touching and uplifting story about the life of Enzo the dog, which was told from his own perspective.

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that has to be old ( and do n't know, the ending is not as sad as the beginning implies.)

But he 's trapped in a co 's body- no thumbs and no talking- and he is in anguish when his humans are hurting.

Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.

The ook is ll about listening- what an be learned and gleaned if only people spent their lives as dogs do.

But how can Enzo help them when he 's trapped in a og 's body?

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But I hink I mentioned that already.I liked this book to much that it made me ant a dog.

There are times I felt like throwing the book I was so mad at Denny 's in-laws, but ( kind of embarrassing to admit here), Enzo kept me sane.

There is some mentioning of " mounting " ( it 's a dog 's perspective, remember) and language.Several times throughout thi nove, Denny or Enzo say, " Your car goes where your eyes go. " Enzo knew that applied to life as well.

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Numerou times I trie to reach into the ook and punch one of the storylines.

he ca in question is Enzo, and he comes across as very wise and human.

The cutesy dog/owner story I feared it is not.Because Enzo is very wise, this novel is very quotable.

I hought it was awesome how auto racing philosophy was connected to life in general.I mentioned in the en that at times th book made me rage.

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Daughter taken away -- check.And then of course fairy godFerrarifather -- check.

My ext book will be about daughte of a little girl with leukemia as told by their cat.

Mother loses her job because of bad economy -- check.

Husband 's mother sues for custody -- check.

Through it all the only comfort is the cat -- check.Child dies.

The abyss.No, wait, this is a cynical feelgood Stephen Spielberg book, what am I saying?

Mother discovers an ability to make yarn from cat 's hair -- check!

Fairy godartgallerymother discovers cat hair sweaters on mother 's do-it-yourself website online and gives her her own show -- check!

Doctor who invented the treatment falls in love with mother -- check!

Cat lives to twenty-one and comes back as third child of now leukemia-free daughter, and grandma gives her knitting lessons.On the other hand, Stein 's book sold a zillion copies and I 'm gla he 's crying all the way to the bank.

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