The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein


Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
Hardback: 321 pages
Genre: Contemporary/Fiction
Goodreads rating: 4.19/5
My rating: 5 star rating

“A heart wrenching love story and a moving tale of redemption… as only a dog could tell it.”

I came across ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ when looking for books to fulfill my yearly reading challenges, and I’m so glad I did. This book is incredible and like nothing I’ve ever read before. I was in tears by page 8 and it’s really difficult to get me to cry when it comes to a book. I was completely hooked and had read this in one sitting in a matter of hours.

The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the angle that it’s taken from, I love the dog in the picture and I love the raindrops in the background. It really depicts the meaning and emotion behind the story.

The actual writing was brilliant. I went from laughing to crying within minutes. I really felt like I was in the head of a very educated dog whilst reading it. It’s definitely made me feel differently about dogs, and now when I pass a dog in the street, I can’t help but smile to myself and wonder what it’s thinking!

Have you ever looked at a dog and wondered whether there might be more to him than meets the eye?

Well, Enzo knows he’s different from other dogs. True, he hasn’t got opposable thumbs, and yes, he still thinks you can’t beat chasing birds once in a while, but Enzo is almost human. Through listening to the words of his master, race driver Denny Swift, Enzo has gained a real insight into the complex world of people. With its unexpected twists and turns, he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. 

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his beloved family have been through. He remembers the sacrifices that Denny has made, the painful loss of Denny’s wife Eve, and the trauma of the battle to retain custody of their daughter Zoe from their manipulative grandparents. 

As Enzo heads into the light, hoping fervently to return as a smooth-skinned man, he knows that for him at least, the race to save his family has been won.

This is what it is, one incredibly emotional story of one dogs life, it’s ups and downs and everything in between. Enzo is an incredible dog, he loves his family completely and would do anything for them. On the other hand his owner Denny would do anything for Enzo. The relationship they have is lovely to see and this continues with Denny’s daughter Zoe.

Enzo is there for Denny and his family in the hardest moments of their lives. In turn, they’re there for him in the hardest moments of his life. As he looks back, you can see he really has lived a fulfilled life. He hopes to return as a human, believing he has done everything he needs to as a dog. He gets this idea from watching television! Enzo sees life in such a simplistic way. He doesn’t see the need for fighting, for evil, for anything like that. It’s a really refreshing outlook on life, and one that more of us humans should probably take!

One of my favourite moments in the book is when Dennys wife’s parents do something to upset Denny. Enzo, being the loyal dog that he is, decides to take matters in to his own hands a bit. Not being a human and not having words, there’s not much he can do, but he definitely makes himself known that night! Absolutely hilarious ‘punishment’ for Zoe’s grandparents from Enzo.

Some of the quotes in this book are hilarious. Here are a few of my favourite quotes.

“I admire the female sex. The life makers. It must be amazing to have a body that can carry an entire creature inside. (I mean, other than a tapeworm, which I’ve had. That doesn’t count as another life, really. That’s a parasite and should never have been there in the first place.)”

“We had come so close to greatness. We had smelled it, and it smelled like roast pig. Everybody likes the smell of roast pig. But what is worse, smelling the roast and not feasting, or not smelling the roast at all?”

“A true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.”

“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live.”

This is a book I definitely see myself re-reading in the future and also passing on to other people to read as well. I hadn’t heard of Garth Stein before this book, but I have to say I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for him now as I really enjoyed his style of writing and creativity.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading! As usual, I can be contacted through my social media or email, all listed on the homepage. My twitter is ObliviousApple.

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx


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