The Art of Racing in the Rain

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Format:  Paperback,

321 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jun 2009

ISBN-13: 9780061537967

ISBN-10: 0061537969

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A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.


Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jun 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061537967
ISBN-10: 0061537969
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 321
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0


Review by Library Journal (2008-04-01)

Enzo narrates his life story, beginning with his impending death. Enzo's not afraid of dying, as he's seen a television documentary on the Mongolian belief that a good dog will reincarnate as a man. Yes, Enzo is a dog. And he belongs to Denny: husband, father, customer service technician. Denny's dream is to be a professional race-car driver, and Enzo recounts the triumphs and tragedies--medical, financial, and legal--they share in this quest, the dangers of the racetrack being the least of their obstacles.

Enzo ultimately teaches Denny and the reader that persistence and jo ie de vivre will see them through to the checkered flag. Stein (Raven Stole the Moon) creates a patient, wise, and doggish narrator that is more than just fluff and collar. This should appeal to fans of both dogs and car racing; recommended for public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/08; see also the Q&A with Stein, p. 74.] - Dan Forrest, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 16reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Fabulous! This was a wonderful book! Was given to me as a gift within a year of having lost my dog. It was such fun to read the story from the dog's point of view. I did, of course, cry all the way thru the last 2 chapters, but that made it all the more connective. Dog people AND animal people will really enjoy this one!! 12/03/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great family book My husband and I enjoyed this book and hope to send it to our college boys to read.We had a dog who could have been the dog in the book.We would recommend this book for all teenagers and above ages. 11/09/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A favorite book Funny, funny, funny. If you like dogs and have ever had one devoted to you or your family, you will fully understand the emotions and human behavior in this book. It is good to have an honest assessment of your behavior from one who dearly loves you and would really like to be able to talk so he can let you know that it is o.k. I bought it as a gift for a friend, as I had enjoyed it so much myself. 05/17/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by beautiful story i had this book read in probably 4 hours...quick read, wonderful story! made me realize that life is passing us by and we need to make the best of it! 12/01/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by FAB READ One of the best books I've read in years. Great story line, but an even greater moral journey. It's a "must read". It's hard to put down and good to the last word. A story of perseverance that is very appropriate for the times we're living in. 11/03/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Wonderful Book One of the best books I've read in years. Written from the view of the owner's dog, the story is heartfelt and wise at the same time. I'd recommend this to anyone, dog lover or not. 10/22/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by A heart warming read I enjoyed reading this book for my book club. I had no idea what it was about when I purchased it from When I received it, I was a bit dismayed because it was about a dog. But it was funny and warm and uplifting. I would recommend it to all. Quick read and good price. 11/08/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great read! Everyone can learn from this book. 10/25/2010
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