A heart-warming and inspirational tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life.Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family.The Art of Racing in the Rain is a testament to a man's life, given by his dog. But it is also a testament to the dog, himself. Though Enzo cannot speak, he understands everything that happens around him as he bears witness to his master's problems. His enforced muteness only refines his listening ability, and allows him to understand many of life's nuances that are lost on most humans. With humour, sharp observation, and a courageous heart, Enzo guides the reader to the bittersweet yet ultimately satisfying conclusion: there are no limitations to what we can achieve, if we truly know where we want to be.
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
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A heart-warming read with a sweet ending
The Art of Racing in the Rain is the third novel by American author, Garth Stein. Enzo is a Labrador (with a bit of terrier in him too, maybe?) who lives with Denny Swift, a talented racing car driver. When Denny marries Eve, it takes Enzo a while to accept her, but when little Zoë comes along, she has his unreserved vow of protection.
Things may be almost perfect: a house with a yard, a family to love and plenty of race videos to watch: Enzo loves car racing! Enzo bemoans his lack of opposable thumbs and his inability to speak, but he is quite convinced that he will reincarnate as man. Unfortunately, life sometimes has other plans, and when tragedy strikes the Swift family, not everyone acts with integrity and generosity. Enzo can only do what he does best: offer his unqualified support.
Stein’s tale touches on subjects topical and age-old: balancing work travel with family time; avoidance of medical experts for fear of adverse diagnosis; the tenuous position of a male in a position of trust with a teenaged girl and the potential for malicious accusations. These sobering themes are interspersed with quite a bit of car racing. This is a book with humour and heartache, with wisdom and wit. A heart-warming read with a sweet ending.