The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Harper Collins | May 13th, 2008
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.
This book was a little different than most books I have read before. It was different because it’s told from the point of view of a dog. At first, I thought this was going to be weird because I mean a dog, really? But although we could never truly know what a dog, or any animal for that matter, is really thinking they have emotions just like the rest of us. I believe the author did a wonderful job of portraying that.
I enjoyed most of the characters in this book, but there were definitely a few that I absolutely despised (trust me you will too if you read this book). I loved the main characters: Enzo, Denny, Eve, and although she doesn’t say much Zoe too.
Denny is Enzo’s master and a race car driver. He’s been taking care of Enzo since he was a pup. Denny talks to him like he’s a person and you can feel how much he cares for him and trusts him. They watch racing tapes together and talk about them, which is why Enzo is s educated in racing.
Enzo wants to be a man, to be able to share his emotions through words and have more than just mere gestures. Oh, and he also wants opposable thumbs, which he mentions several times. He’s loyal and actually pretty smart.
Eve is sweet and caring. She loves Denny to no end and you can easily tell. She trusts Enzo even though she was skeptical at first.
Zoe is just a sweet little girl who loves Enzo to death. She is loved so much by her parents and Enzo.
This is a story of love, loss, and never giving up. When Denny is met with some serious hurdles in his life, Enzo was always there to keep him going, to make the right decisions. I’m so happy I finally decided to read this book. It’s on my kindle for such a long time. I highly recommend this book, but be ready for some real feels.