Book cover - The Art of Racing In the Rain - Author Garth Stein

The Art of Racing In the Rain

Author Garth Stein

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Literary
Our score: 4.5
From 6,264 Ratings

The Art of Racing In the Rain Summary

The Art of Racing In the Rain - Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

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

The Art of Racing In the Rain Review

  • Enthralling book

    By Bitdwhoflew
    It is an interesting book because it is told from the perspective of a dog and that was captivating for me as a reader because it was told in an entertaining way. I read this book in one day. It was pretty quick.
  • Easy read and entertaining

    By Joci1727
    Easy read. Captivating, simple structure and easy to follow while still being immersive. Entertaining without being mentally taxing at all. Written for the reader.
  • Prepare yourself..

    By Nate88King
    ...To cry!
  • Julian

    By dog 456
    Love story books
  • Love It So Much

    By JaceOne76
    One of my favorite books of all time. Also one of the only books that has brought me to tears. I read it every few years just to experience the magic again.
  • The most realist book

    By Goshzxh
    I loved this book, it was so realistic and made me feel every emotion. Even some emotions I didn’t know I could feel. Best book, tear jerker.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    By Tiggy/Cookie
    First time reading this author. Don’t usually like reading books by men but this author knows how to tell a story that appeals to both sexes.
  • Totally amazing

    By bumperisnice
    This is the best book I've ever read by far!!! I even cried at the end. The book is way more sad than the movie though. Great book!!!!
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read

    By eliebug
    The bond between man and his best friend is evident in this book. I couldn’t put it down or keep the tears from flowing! Beautiful tribute to mans best friend! 10/10!!!
  • Great stoy

    By JennaML
    This was one of those books that you read in one sitting. Such a sweet story, especially if you’re a dog lover.


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