“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein is about the life of a family through the eyes of a dog. Enzo is no ordinary dog. He has a very keen understanding of human emotions and interactions. While his family go through trials and tribulations, Enzo is there to lend a helping paw.
Denny is the human Enzo is most loyal to. Denny is an aspiring race car driver who is very good at what he does. Enzo follows him through life where he meets a wonderful woman named Eve, they marry and have a beautiful daughter name Zoe. But Eve dies young. Denny struggles to maintain custody of his daughter as Eve’s parents (who Enzo titles as the Evil Twins) scheme to keep her away from him.
Obviously with such trials on his family, Denny’s ambition to become a professional racecar driver takes a backseat, so to speak. It’s Denny’s love of car racing which gives this book its title. But “The Art of Racing in the Rain” isn’t really about car racing. Although Enzo, the narrator of the story, uses car racing idioms the book is really about life – the ability of ordinary people to overcome difficult circumstances.
Once I got started, I had a difficult time putting this book down. I read a quarter of it the first night, then a quarter another night, and I finished off the last half of the book in half a day. I hated the “Evil Twins” as much as Enzo. And I admired Denny’s strength and goodness throughout. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a well written book which any dog lover will love. Check out “The Art of Racing in the Rain” at our Amazon.com affiliate site, Dog Lover’s Book Store.