The Art of Racing In the Rain
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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 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. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Amazing amazing amazing (that's 3 times amazing) book.
This book will really move it's reader. You don't have to be a pet lover to enjoy it. It can make even a tough man like myself, shed some tears but it will SURELY make you laugh out loud.
It has beautiful ups and lesson teaching downs. Amazingly written.
This story is amazing. It's a wonderful telling of a relationship with man's best friend that will surely move any dog lover. The protagonist deals with some very tough issues and his dog helps guide him along the way. It's easy to read this entire story in one sitting. Be sure you're in a comfortable spot as you will surely laugh and cry while reading the book.
Everyone should read this book. A wonderfully written story told from the point of view of a very wise dog.