The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Book - 2008
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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 and by listening closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming racecar driver. On the night before his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through, hoping, in his next life, to return as a human.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, [2008]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781554681723
9780061537936
9781443404969
9781443459150
Branch Call Number: FICTION STE
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 22 cm
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Enzo the dog tells the story of his life with Denny, a race car driver, and reflects on all he has learned about human beings. Audiobook available.

Enzo-a dog with the heart of a philosopher and an obsession with having opposable thumbs- gives a delightful narration as he reflects on his life and the life of his master, an aspiring race car driver who struggles to remain true to his beliefs through triumph and tragedy.

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patcumming Jun 19, 2015

A bittersweet story told from the point of view of Enzo the dog, an incredibly memorable character. The incredible sadness and pain of the human characters is somewhat more tolerable when told from the point of view of their pet.

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

Enzo the dog narrates a heart-tugging story about his owner Denny and all the struggles (and joy) that he encounters in staying true to his beliefs. Enzo observes and supports Denny as he builds his career, has a child, loses his wife to a debilitating illness and survives the vicious attempt by ... Read More »


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LoganLib_Colleen
Nov 05, 2020

A self help book about motor racing written from the perspective of the family dog. It sounds bizarre, maybe even insane, but the idea is actually inspired!! For all that it sounds crazy, the idea works remarkably well. I loved every minute of this book from the way it was written - a self help book that reads like a novel - to the messages it contains and how anyone can apply these learnings to our lives. Very highly recommended.

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stefaniet
Aug 26, 2020

completely heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once

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bricky
Jul 23, 2020

TOTALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. Watched the movie the next night.

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theat
Jul 22, 2020

To call this just a dog story totally underrates the book. Loaded with wonderful insights and "philosophy of life" stuff that makes life meaningful. A dog's life is all in the moment and racing in the rain for a driver encompasses each moment where the driver, the car, the track and the rain are all one. Just a great book.

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Blabbermouth
Jun 12, 2020

This story came from an interesting prospective....the family dog. Not something I've done before. It was alright for a one of. He was lovely & loving. There was a death & a custody battle all interspersed with how to drive a racing car. Refreshing is another word that you could use for this story.

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Marstinia
Feb 25, 2020

I'm not a dog owner, so maybe I would have liked the book better if I was. I couldn't really get into it and sometimes felt like the dog was voicing opinions that wouldn't be acceptable coming from a human character, particularly a male human character.

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BellJuju
Feb 04, 2020

Love, love, loved this book. A must read.

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BlueHippo
Jan 09, 2020

I had this on hold for a while and then when it came up for me to check out, I was hesitating to do it because we had just lost our dog to an inoperable tumor. Needless to say, I didn’t want to read something that would have me crying every time I turned a page! But it was a WONDERFUL book! I LOVE this dog! He is loving, loyal, funny and wise. There are a lot of life-lessons that the furry narrator doles out in this book, and some very empowering ones at that. A vet that I had when I lived in another town used to say that our dogs are just furry people with four legs who can’t talk. He was right.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Dec 30, 2019

The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a dog named Enzo, and the life he lives with his race car driving owner Denny. However, Enzo is no ordinary dog, as he possesses the philosophical beliefs that make him have qualities similar to a human. Known as man’s best friend, Enzo is always there through the many tough situations Denny encounters with his life. When his wife unexpectedly dies, he is left with a battle for the custody of his daughter Zoe from her selfish grandparents. With his racing dreams and , Denny learns never to lose hope, and that if you don’t give up, things will eventually go your way.

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Christinajrn
Nov 26, 2019

This book was wonderful! It was a little sad, funny, suspenseful. It also made me think differently about how I talk to my dog.

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jcbraacx
Aug 19, 2018

One day I was walking down Bernerd st and spotted this book on a sales table at mosaic books. As soon as I picked it up I was intrigued by the title and thought without hesitation, this is a must read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story narrated from a dog. There was a lot of emotion involved in this story. Sadness and happiness to see the family go through so much and still come out good in the end..

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

A 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.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs' a philospher with a nearly human soul (and a obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and listening carefully to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up and coming race car driver. Now in his twightly years, Enzo finds himself thinking back on his life with the Swift family, reflecting on all he has learned about the human conditions and how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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