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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2009)

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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Titel:The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
Författare:Garth Stein
Info:Harper Perennial (2009), Edition: First Paper, Paperback, 321 pages
Samlingar:8th Grade Summer Reading
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This book has been on my TBR for a little while now. I'm not too sure when I bought it but I think it must have been sometime around christmas of last year. I bought it entirely based on the positive reviews it gained from the members of this forum. I became aware that it was a popular book but decided not too read the reviews too closely as I didn't want to spoil the book for myself. As a result I went into the book know the title and that it heavily features a dog but nothing else aside from that.

After a few pages it became evident that the narrator of the book is a dog called Enzo. That's right, a dog. This sounds pretty ludicrous but it somehow works and works very well actually. We start at the end of the story, jump back in time to cover what happened and eventually end up at the conclusion. I really liked this approach as it meant that I already had an insight as to what was going on right from the start instead of having to work it out as I went along.

Enzo and his owner Denny are big motor racing fans and watch races together on the TV. Denny is such a big motor racing fan that he is a racer himself and is trying to get enough money together to compete. The idea being that if he performs well enough he may get spotted by someone and be paid to drive professionally. Denny is a good racing driver but he has one talent which makes him stand out above the rest of the drivers, he can drive fantastically well in wet weather, much like Michael Schumacher. Of course life is never that straight forward and there are loads of obstacles along the way which Enzo, Denny and the rest of the family must fight through together.

The writing is really good and I finished the book in two sittings. It would have been one sitting but alas, I need to sleep between work shifts. I found it very easy to get through and I really didn't want to put it down. I am a dog lover and throughout my childhood I had a Labrador called Rowan. This really helped me to connect with Enzo and at times I really felt as though Enzo was telling the story of all dogs. It's difficult to put into words but if you have had a dog you will know that they all have an individual character and Stein captures this fantastically. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 25, 2021 |
Heart warming and philosophical.. loved it! ( )
  slsmith101 | Jul 25, 2021 |
Hi! My name Enzo. Enzo like man that buy him from mean alpha man when Enzo little puppy. Enzo like that man is race-car driver. Ezno no like man's girlfriend. Enzo accept girlfriend when man marries her. Enzo like daughter they make. Enzo no like wife's parents - calls them 'Evil Twins'. Enzo no like that wife dies. Enzo no like that Evil Twins take daughter from man. Enzo help man get daughter back. Enzo die before man gets super-duper-great job racing cars in Italy. Enzo reincarnates as human Italian boy and meets great race-car driver champ at end. Enzo happy, happy, happy!

Meh. ( )
  ScoLgo | Jul 18, 2021 |
"The race is long. It is better to drive within oneself and finish the race behind the others than it is to drive too hard and crash." p. 291. Such a good story. Slightly heavy-handed ending. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
A Book That Made You Cry

The Art of Racing in the Rain lived up to the reason I included it on my list, although not to the degree other books not picked for their ability to elicit tears have done. That lesser emotional impact results partially because you know it’s coming and have steeled yourself against it, as well as from knowing it was designed to provoke that response and so to a degree feels contrived. Not annoyingly so, although you will look at Eve’s parents as caricatures more than characters and the incident with Annika is more plot device than plot.

I liked Garth Stein’s writing style and the structure of the book. His narrative - told from Enzo the dog’s point-of-view - is interspersed with analyses of racing strategy and technique that foreshadow coming events. Very little in the book is surprising or deeply insightful, but as it progresses you find yourself overlooking its flaws and simply letting it flow over you to its predictable but satisfying conclusion.

A redeeming story of good guys winning - how can any story told by a dog not be - that doesn’t require more time to finish than it should. ( )
  skavlanj | Jul 4, 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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