The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby brandtrn » 24 Jun 2013, 08:17

I don't often review books, simply because I have a tendency to reveal too many "spoilers" and to ruin the experience for any of my friends who might be currently reading it. For this reason, I'm keeping my review short and sweet, but I encourage ALL of my faithful readers (especially my fellow dog lovers) to read this book, if you possibly can...

This book is rather unusual in that its protagonist, Enzo, is a dog, and the story is told entirely from his point of view. It begins with Enzo, on the eve of his death, reflecting upon his life with his loved ones: his master, Denny, a semi-professional race car driver; Denny's wife, Eve, who suffers from a tragic condition that was first noticed (i.e., smelled) by Enzo; and their child, Zoe, a lovely little girl whom Enzo has sworn to protect. The story is alternately tragic, interspersed with events which will make you angry as Hell, and humorous, with most of the humor centering on Enzo's unhappiness with his dog status, and his fervent wish to come back in his next life as a man: a questionable desire, in my opinion, when one considers that dogs -- especially dogs like Enzo -- are noble creatures, far more so than most humans I've ever met. I can't lie to you; this book is very sad, and is best experienced with a glass (or two) of wine and a large box of Kleenex. It is also laugh-out-loud funny at times, and is filled with love, devotion, philosophy and hope, along with unforgettable characters that one can truly care about. It by no means qualifies as "great" literature (as in Fred Gipson's Old Yeller or Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang) -- the epilogue IS a bit Hollywoodish -- but still, it is one hellish good read that grabs you and never lets go. It is definitely a MUST READ for all dog lovers!
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 24 Jun 2013, 10:31

Thanks brandtrn. Sounds as though it'll go on the list.
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby brandtrn » 24 Jun 2013, 10:35

I'm waiting, with great anticipation, for the film version (starring Patrick Dempsey) to come out (unfortunately not until next year, though!), although I'm almost certain to be disappointed (movies are NEVER quite as awesome as the novels they're based upon!), but I love this story so much that I'm almost certain to purchase a movie ticket AND the DVD version in spite of any disappointment I may feel :mrgreen:
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 25 Jun 2013, 07:39

That's even better - knowing there's a film coming out as well. Thanks again. One of my sons's a real film buff, so he's bound to want to see it.

When you first mentioned the book, Fluke sprang to mind. Have you read it? It's a James Herbert novel - again, about a dog, who was once a man. It has some nice twists and turns, and some sad parts as well, but over all, quite a nice read.
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Tomsk » 25 Jun 2013, 11:45

JEEZ...much to reaD..
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 25 Jun 2013, 12:26

Jeez? The Bible might help.
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby brandtrn » 25 Jun 2013, 19:51

No, I haven't read that, but will try to get hold of it. Sounds like an intriguing book...thanks!
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Tomsk » 26 Jun 2013, 02:45

a jolly good read it is.
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 26 Jun 2013, 08:34

Oh yes, I forgot you'd read Fluke as well, haven't you Tomsk?

Yes Brandtrn, quite an intriguing story, but The Art of Racing in the Rain sounds worth a read as well. I'm a dog lover the same as you are, and so it's nice to have a canine protagonist and for the tale to be a bit different from the usual.
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Tomsk » 27 Jun 2013, 06:43

i LOVE DOGS.. :cool2:
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 27 Jun 2013, 07:05

So do I, although I prefer the bigger breeds.

I don't mean as in grossly overweight. Aww, look at this poor thing ...

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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby pilvikki » 09 Aug 2013, 05:50

thanks, cindy! that sounds like a fabulous book, but i'm quite scared to read it now...

:shifty:

i'm such a chicken. i just read a book about nazi torture methods, and it was upsetting, but nothing like my reaction about harm done to kids and animals...
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 09 Aug 2013, 05:58

Same here. :bleh:
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Tomsk » 10 Aug 2013, 18:37

it's really interesting looking at it from a dogs point of view..
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Re: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Postby Ice.Maiden » 11 Aug 2013, 19:42

Only we don't know what a dog's point of view is ... because it's written by a human! : )
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