Friday, March 2, 2012

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Review of sorts

A friend loaned me the book,  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  She and I were talking about stories with an intresting point of view.  The narrarator of the book is a dog named Enzo. 

Enzo shares the life of his owner Denny.  He narrates Denny's life from marriage to parenthood, through the death of his wife from cancer, into a fight for custody of his daughter with his in-laws.  Scattered throughout this journey is Denny's efforts to drive race cars.  If you are a racing enthuasist you will enjoy all the inside information about racing.  If you are a dog lover you'll enjoy the insight of Enzo on the human condition.

It's difficult not to like Enzo and his devotion to Denny and his family.  His point of view allows for insight and information not available to the humans.  There are  questions left unanswered, such as why Eve is afraid of doctors, but Enzo explains he never heard her talk about it.  He reflects on the legal proceedings putting together what he has overheard, combined with what he has seen on TV and what he thinks must have happened. 

The epilogue is anticipated because of what Enzo is eager to have happen, and speaks of frequently throughout the tale, but it was still poignant.  I enjoyed the story with it's unexpected point of view and because it is just a good story.  If you have an open weekend it's a good way to spend your time.

I could use a good read.  What would you recommend?


  1. I recommend The Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jaimie Ford.
    I may just write up a review in a post for all to see. Enjoy.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion....I just finished "Abundant Simplicity" by Jan Johnson....Good book...

    I hope you are having a great weekend...

  3. Our book club read that a couple years ago and it was very well liked. I read Philippa Gregory for historical fiction and The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown was pretty good.

  4. I am so bad about reading fiction and yet, I so need to learn. Thanks for the review, I will have to put it on my "to enjoy" list! I just finished "Second Calling" by Dale Hanson

  5. This book really opened my eyes to a whole other perspective on how dogs live and think. After reading this, I looked at my dog in a different way. I see him now as a friend than a companion.