Book: The Art of Racing In The Rain

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. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.

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.

I have had dogs all my life, and one thing I love about them is that they are TOTALLY DEVOTED to you. They love you unconditionally and will never leave you no matter what, unless of course when they die, which is always traumatic and depressing.

I especially love this book because it is Enzo the dog, who narrates the story. It is told from his point of view, it is often amusing, funny, heart-warming and sometimes sad. I have shed a tear and also laughed out loud (sometimes in public places) while reading this book. Enzo has arguments that man’s closest relative is not the chimpanzee but is in fact, the dog. With a dog’s devotion, love, compassion and protective instincts, I think Enzo might be right.

A line from the book, ” When I am racing, my mind and my body are working so quickly and well together, I must be sure not to think, or else, I will definitely make a mistake.”

“That which you manifest is before you”, one of Denny’s philosophies in racing and in life.

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