Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What an amazing book this is! It has been narrated by Enzo who is a pet dog. It is almost like Enzo’s autobiography. It shows how the world would look like from the perspective of a witty and intelligent (and sometimes philosophical) dog. It’s very well written and gradually builds the story for the reader. Some parts are just emotional roller coasters!

Enzo is Danny’s pet (who is a racing car driver) and in this book we look at Danny’s life from Enzo’s point of view. It has all the elements which one would expect and experiences even in real life from love, friendship, family, joy, sorrow, adversity, perseverance, following one’s dreams and more. It is filled with ups and downs and the story just flows such that it’s difficult to keep this book down. And it’s all so well narrated and the characters in the story so well crafted that the readers can easily relate and see it all happening in front of their eyes.

Also throughout the book, there are metaphors between racing and life and most of these are really good, like this one: “But racing in the rain is also about the mind! It is about owning one’s own body. About believing that one’s car is merely an extension of one’s body. About believing that the track is an extension of the car, and the rain is an extension of the track, and the sky is an extension of the rain. It is about believing that you are not you; you are everything. And everything is you.”

Also I would like to add that I just loved it’s ending! Actually it is one of the best endings ever! It just leaves the reader feeling happy, satisfied and a bit sad…

On the whole, it’s a must read for dog lovers and I guess people who don’t like dogs will also liking dogs after reading this book! Someday, if I have a dog, I hope he is like Enzo! 🙂

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