The Art of Racing in the Rain

Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Author: Garth Stein

Genre: fiction

Rating: 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.


Where do I start? I’m at a loss for words at the moment.

Honestly, I didn’t know that a book like this exists until I saw my friend reading it. When she finished it and said that she loved it (so much) I asked her if I could borrow it. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis. I trust her choice of books.

I love this book because there’s a dog in it and that dog loves cars.

The story is narrated through Enzo, the dog’s point of view. The narration is really good with the right amount of humor every now and then. Even if the story tackles about heart-wrenching topics, Enzo’s word could still make you smile. It’s an absolute page-turner. I know I have been reading in a very slow phase but whenever I set a goal for the number of pages I would like to read for the day, I still get surprised that I have read that far because really, I am not aware how many times I have flipped the pages.

And although my friend was expecting me to cry hard, I didn’t. But this book warmed my heart and this is one that I’ll definitely won’t forget.

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