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Enzo och konsten att köra fort i regn (2008)

av Garth Stein

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Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
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    kaledrina: narrated by dog!
  2. 60
    Marley & Me av John Grogan (Trevorlanticism)
  3. 30
    Dog on It av Spencer Quinn (rxtheresa)
    rxtheresa: Written from dog's point of view
  4. 21
    Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog av Ted Kerasote (kalpitad)
    kalpitad: Although The Art of Racing in the Rain is fiction and Merle's Door is non-fiction, both provide a narrative about the mind and heart of a dog.
  5. 10
    The Dogs of Babel av Carolyn Parkhurst (jbarry)
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    Belka, Why Don't You Bark? av Hideo Furukawa (nsblumenfeld)
  7. 00
    Hundliv i Provence av Peter Mayle (Cecilturtle)
  8. 44
    Måsen : berättelsen om Jonathan Livingston Seagull av Richard Bach (Graphirus)
    Graphirus: Life-philosophy explained through action, an activity (flight/car racing)
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    One Good Dog av Susan Wilson (hokansonh)

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I broke my own personal rule of never reading dog books at work and ended up sniffling on my lunch break when I finished this one. Enzo the dog narrates this at times dark story with great joy. I learned a lot about car racing, a world I'm not familiar with. This would be a great book club selection. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Aborted attempt; hated it ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
This book is the best of the best. It melts all the comedy, intrigue, sadness. The movie really missed the mark for me. But this book is incredible. The journey you go on with the main character and his dog is long, hard, and has a perfect ending. One of my favorite parts of the character, Denny, is his devotion to everyone in his life. He was put through hell after Eve's death, and he kept fighting. One of my favorite parts of our dog narrator, Enzo, is his description of human things. Somehow Garth Stein was able to perfectly present and convince the reader that he is in fact a dog. Although this book is very sad it also has a lot of engaging qualities to the characters other than their trauma. ( )
  LilySmyth23 | Nov 4, 2021 |
This was not a bad book and I can see why people liked it, but it was, unfortunately, a perfect storm of bad personal vibes, so even though I was enjoying it more than I thought I would enjoy a dog book (first-person definitely helped), I can't say I'll be keeping it.

This is going to be a spoilery commentary for major plot points but not for details--those are under a second cut. You have been informed!

First, this is also a cancer book. I am automatically skeptical and avoidant of cancer stories just because I feel like I've had enough real cancer in my life that no syrupy platitudes are going to soften me up--more like the opposite. (The only book I've read that got close was [b:The Fault in Our Stars|11870085|The Fault in Our Stars|John Green|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360206420s/11870085.jpg|16827462], but that's because it wasn't a cancer book even if cancer was such a big part of it [end digression].)

So that was a sour start. I was a little tempted to put the book down but I decided to go ahead and give it a chance, since I'd been wanting to read it for so long.

Then today, about halfway through the book, this become yet another book in which a woman falsely accuses a man of raping her, and that was the last straw. No way was this book getting my seal of approval. I did skim the rest out of perverse curiosity--yes, the woman wasn't even thinking about what she'd done while the guy was in court, and yes she had a public shaming when she dropped charges.

I'm so sick of this being used as a plot device. It's just perpetuating the idea this is a common occurrence when the reality is that the vast majority of cases of rape and sexual assault go unreported--in large part because our culture (exhibit A, this book) keeps telling us that it's common when it really, really isn't.

And to complete the trifecta, this is an everything-with-the-bow-on-top book. It's not just a happy ending, it's a perfect ending. Rainbows and butterflies! Oh gosh, ain't life always a marvel if you're just a good human being? And, er, dog. I'd have been more impressed if Denny didn't end up a Formula One racer (because *magical things* always happen to good people to make up for the crap in their lives!) and Enzo (dude, we read the book--we'll understand who the kid is if you give him a different name) had just somehow happened to be a fan of this lesser-known driver. Not impossible, since his dad is clearly enough of a fan to name him after a racer. And really, giving your personal phone number to a 5-year-old boy because he has the same name as your dear old dead dog and he likes cars? I'm gagging on the sugar.

Wow. That ended up a lot more cynical than I expected. I swear I'm not actually that worked up about this book! Just slightly annoyed and looking forward to the next one...

The thing is, the perfect ending is so rarely satisfying...or rather the ending that satisfies all needs never really feels perfect for the story. Life doesn't always work out 100%, and people can find happiness they didn't even know to look for while in pursuit of a dream that they don't ultimately attain. I would rather have had just a little bit of the real-life humanity that Enzo the dog conveyed show up at the end.

Or maybe that too-perfect world doesn't exist...maybe that's just Enzo's heaven. I could more than live with that--so I think I will. Hey, it worked for me with [bc:Water for Elephants|43641|Water for Elephants|Sara Gruen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388183358s/43641.jpg|3441236].

Oh, and if you're tired of books with dead dogs, hie thee hither:
[bc:No More Dead Dogs|160698|No More Dead Dogs|Gordon Korman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348440584s/160698.jpg|1154]

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p. 17: Monkeys have thumbs. Practically the dumbest species on the planet, next to the duck-billed platypus, who make their dens underwater even though they breathe the air. The platypus is horribly stupid, but is only slightly dumber than a monkey. Yet monkeys have thumbs. Those monkey-thumbs were meant for dogs. Give me my thumbs, you fucking monkey!
> > > I love that Enzo has no idea that he wants to be reincarnated as a species related to the monkey. Does Seattle censor evolution shows?

p. 43: My thoughts turned to what he had just taught me. Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.
> > > coughcheckyourcoughprivelegecough. Ahem. I'm always a bit disappointed in myself for thinking this kind of sentiment a little inspiring.

p. 43: I wasn't bored. I could have watched the race all that day and all the next. I was manifesting something. I lay down near the refrigerator, a favorite spot of mine, and rested.

p. 53: "I can't do this anymore," she cried... "You always go away, and I have to take care of Zoe and Enzo all by myself, and I can't do it! It's too much! I can barely take care of myself!"
> > > This moment reminded me of a short story I wrote back in my sophomore year in college, a real learning moment. My story was modeled on the frame of a William Trevor story (I think), but it was turning into another too-long monstrosity, so I cut to the chase. As a result, my conflict wasn't earned--my listeners didn't feel a connection to it. That's kind of how I felt with this scene. We knew via Enzo's nose that Eve had cancer, but the toll to her hadn't really been shown yet. In fact, this conversation was a result of the first time Enzo told us about that she really addressed her health issues. (Fun fact: I was also letting a hard-working, albeit healthy and Depression-Era, wife let off steam. These days I think she was trying to tell me that it should have been her story, not her husband's. And she's right.)

p. 65: Denny cut back his hours at work so he could take Zoe to her preschool. In the evenings after dinner, he read to her and helped her learn her numbers and letters. He took over all the grocery shopping and cooking. He took over the cleaning of the house. And he did it all excellently and without complaint. He wanted to relieve Eve of any burden, any job that could cause stress. What he couldn't do, though, with all of the extra he was doing, was continue to engage her in the same playful and physically affectionate way I had grown used to seeing. It was impossible for him to do everything: clearly, he had decided that the care of her organism would receive the topmost priority. Which I believe was the correct thing for him to do under the circumstances. Because he had me.
> > > You know, you never see a paragraph like this written about a woman. This is just expected, normal behavior, except they also have to be "playful and physically affectionate" or they're considered bad mothers. Can you say, "double standards"? But also, "perfect human being" (read as: "perfect white male")? And "perfect is rarely satisfying"?

p. 66: He would say, "Go take care of her for me, Enzo, please." And I did. I took care of her by curling up at her bedside, or, if she had collapsed on the floor, by curling up next to her there. Often, she would hold me close to her, hold me tight to her body, and when she did, she would tell me things about the pain.

p. 95: I rarely let myself go, practicing to be restrained like men are, but that summer, considering the joy of all that we had...I ran through those woods that day wildly, like a crazy dog, diving through the bushes, over the fallen trees, giving gentle chase to chipmunks, barking at the jays, rolling over and scratching my back on the sticks and leaves and needles and earth.

p. 104: Mike took me to our house to get my things. I was humiliated when he said, "Where's your dog?" I didn't want to admit that I still slept with a stuffed animal. But I did.

p. 123: What she didn't understand was Denny's ability to look beyond her physical condition. He was focusing on the next turn.

p. 156: It took me some time to realize that he was not even seeing [those reference points on the track]. He was living them! He had programmed the map of the racecourse into his brain and it was like a GPS navigational system; when we slowed for a turn, his head was up and looking at the next turn, not at the apex of the turn we were driving. The turn we were in was simply a state of existence for Denny. It was where we were, and he was happy to be there, and I could feel the joy emanating from him, the love of life. But his attention--and his intention--was far ahead, to the next turn and the one beyond that. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
different than anything I've read before - I like it but it pulled at my heartstrings ( )
  LadyHMac | Oct 23, 2021 |
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Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice.
tillagd av cmwilson101 | ändraEntertainment Weekly
If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama.
tillagd av cmwilson101 | ändraPublisher's Weekly
“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.”
tillagd av cmwilson101 | ändraAmazon.com, Wally Lamb

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To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. (pg 160; first harper paperback published 2009) ~ Enzo~

She died that night. Her last breath took her soul, I saw it in my dream. I saw her soul leave her body as she exhaled, and then she had no more needs, no more reason; she was released from her body, and, being released, she continued her journey elsewhere, high in the firmament where soul material gathers and plays out all the dreams and joys of which we temporal beings can barely conceive, all the things that are beyond our comprehension, but even so, are not beyond our attainment if we choose to attain them, and believe that we truly can.

In Monglolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog's master whispers into the dog's ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog's soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
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Please distinguish among The Art of Racing in the Rain (2008), for general audiences; Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog (2011), "a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain"; and Enzo Races in the Rain! (2014), for pre-school to third grade readers. Thank you.
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Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

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"En berättelse om kärlek, lojalitet och hopp. Om en familj i kris och om deras allra bästa vän - Enzo. Enzo vet att han inte är som andra hundar: han tänker och känner på ett nästan mänskligt sätt. Ända sedan den första dagen han träffade sin husse Denny har de tittat på TV tillsammans, och Enzo har verkligen känt sig som en medlem av familjen. Denny är en talangfull formel 1-förare och har även överfört sitt stora intresse för sporten till sin hund. Men en dag får Dennys fru, Eve, en hjärntumör. Efter det blir inget sig likt och Dennys kamp för sig och sin lilla dotter överskuggar hela tillvaron. Och Enzo vill göra allt han kan för att familjen återigen ska bli lycklig..."


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