Book Reviews

Book Review: The Art of racing in the rain

…by Garth Stein.

Meet Enzo. The dog. The narrator of this story. Enzo’s master is Denny Swift. Denny adopted Enzo from a farm as a pup and has lived with him in Seattle ever since. Enzo is currently old and ready to die. He relives his life with his family that includes Denny, his late wife Eve, and daughter Zoe. Enzo is no ordinary dog. He understands what Denny and other humans say and therefore has an insight into human life. Enzo also has a love for racing following on from his master’s racing skills. But Enzo learns that life is a bit like racing on a track. Where you have to navigate whatever life throws at you.

Let me start off by saying that although in many ways this book is clichéd, I loved it. I loved Enzo. His voice. His character. It’s basically a book about the ups and downs in life and the battles we face. And how each of us might respond differently to it but in the end, it’s kind of about not giving up. I liked the concept of narrating the story from a dog’s point of view. The book evoked several emotions from laughter to anger to sorrow. I was sobbing by the end. And a few times in between. Which wasn’t great because I was reading most of it on the train! I think the other thing for me is that having pets, I could see them in Enzo.

For a heart-warming story and an adorable character, I would recommend you read this book.

I’ll leave you with a quote that sums up most of it:

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

(pg. 277)

My rating:

Where to buy the book:

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Until next time,


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