- Published: New York : HarperCollins, 2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 321 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 850
- 9780061537936 (acid-free paper)
- 0061537934 (acid-free paper)
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The art of racing in the rain
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If you love dogs you will love this book
Although this book has some sad parts, overall it is an uplifting and inspiring story for pet owners and animal lovers. It shows the irreplaceable bond between a man and his best friend, a dog he's had since before he was married. Some might argue that this book is only for racing fans, but I still loved it despite my lack of interest in the subject. Garth Stein makes racing into a philosophy, into a way of life that is understood even by Enzo the dog. The most original aspect is that the narrative is from Enzo's perspective, which puts life and aging into a very interesting light.
I resisted starting this book because I thought the dog-narrator idea was too gimmicky. But by chapter 3 I was hooked. I loved the racing metaphors and found many sweet nuggets of wisdom in this touching story.
I absolutely loved this book. It made me look at my pets completely differently (and also want a dog). Told from the point of view of the family dog, a beloved pet recounts his master's life through hardship and happiness. I'm not a huge animal person, but I found it really touching. Though, I have to warn you that it's got some really sad parts. I listened to the book on tape and was crying a little at work. I highly recommend it, though!!!
This is a wonderfully fun book. It's the story of a young man, his child, and his dying wife, told through the eyes of his dog. The man races cars and the dog shares this love. Somewhat humorous, but also definitely thoughtful and philosophical. The book particularly appeals to dog lovers and car racing lovers, I suppose, but I would think anyone would enjoy it.
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