The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Book Club Kit - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780061537967
0061537969
9780606065610
060606561X
9780061537936
0061537934
Characteristics: 10 books + reader's guide in a cloth bag
Call Number: BCE

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DCLadults Mar 17, 2017

Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together his family, pulled apart by a custody battle.


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Matthew_Wild
Jun 30, 2018

If you don't cry reading this, you're doing it wrong. I blubbed. . . a couple of times. This is a relationship novel, a story of emotions, from a male perspective - dogs and race cars and all. The writing is so direct, so clear, it's like being there.

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toblibhc
Jun 09, 2018

I made many stops and starts with this book, believing that it was too sentimental for my reading taste, but the book proved me wrong! I ended up loving Enzo and wanting so much to pet him!! The last 100 pages are impossible to put down! Very Poignant dog tale for many readers, not just dog fans!

HCL_staff_reviews Jun 07, 2018

Enzo is a dog who regrets that his tongue is too long and flat to form words. He is also quite annoyed that the monkeys got the opposable thumbs. Despite his deficiencies, he figures out a way to tell the touching story of his owner's custody battle for his daughter. This book has it all: love, loss, car racing, and a talking dog. It is a very satisfying read with a great ending. The audio version is excellent as well. — Jan G., Penn Lake Library

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WhidbeyIslander
May 12, 2018

Dog's perspective: **** Car racing: **

This was a quick read, with many "aha" moments for people closely connected with their dogs. Enzo writes well and it's the pinnacle of anthropomorphism, which many a dog family believes in. Only thing I didn't enjoy was: too much car racing. (Maybe the title should have warned me.) Recommended for people like me who don't usually read "dog-books" because we sort of live one daily.

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Gryphinx
Apr 30, 2018

A touching book with an interesting premise - a family observed and recounted through the eyes of the surprisingly human family dog. I won't say this book is perfect - there aren't any plot points which you won't see coming a mile away, and hopefully you're interested in racing more than I am, as you'll get paragraphs and paragraphs and whole chapters talking about it, but it's a very short read, and well worth it.

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Gentowl
Mar 26, 2018

Couldn't get past the first chapter. This book is written from the viewpoint of the dog, as though dogs had the same thoughts and feelings as human beings. Instead of being cute, I found it exploited my human feelings about my dog and didn't care for the manipulation.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

Dog lovers, this story is sure to tug at your heartstrings!

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OGBooktalk
Oct 23, 2017

on 2017 reading ballot

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mattstrelau
Oct 12, 2017

This book reminded me of another novel called "The Humans"; looking into humanity from an outside perspective. A story that will get you both frustrated and satisfied. This novel follows the life of a dog and family and presents the beauty in life's difficulties.

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HRNA04
Aug 30, 2017

This is a great story, with humor, sadness, and the amazing viewpoint from a dog named Enzo. One of my all time favorite books, and I recommend it to all my friends. You won't be disappointed.

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

A tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs - he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs' a philospher with a nearly human soul (and a obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and listening carefully to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up and coming race car driver. Now in his twightly years, Enzo finds himself thinking back on his life with the Swift family, reflecting on all he has learned about the human conditions and how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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Buymoria
May 14, 2011

The race is long -- to finish first, first you must finish.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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