the art of racing in the rain

title: The Art of Racing in the Rain

author: Garth Stein

genre: Fiction, dog-perspective, loyal love

suggested by: Pam R.

date read: May 8th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Enzo is a lab terrier mix adopted by Dennis “Denny” Swift as a puppy.  Denny is a racecar driver making his way towards the top.  When Enzo is still a puppy, Denny meets Eve and they get pregnant with Zoë.  They marry, and Denny’s dreams continue, hardly slowed down by his settling down.  The Swift family has good times and bad, and through it all, Enzo remains their faithful companion and protector.

personal thoughts:  Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  Another story written in the perspective of a dog, though Enzo was much more philosophical and deep, with a very strong desire to be human so he could verbalize all that he’s observed and thinks (and have opposable thumbs).  His love for his family is touching and very much reflective of the loyalty many dogs are known for.  His fierce desire to protect his family is endearing and almost makes me want a dog.  I love my cats way too much to torture them so. This is another highly recommended read.

favorite quotes:
“my tongue was designed long and flat and loose, and therefore, is a horribly ineffective tool for pushing food around my mouth while chewing, and an even less effective tool for making clever and complicated polysyllabic sounds that can be linked together to form sentences.” p. 1

“memory is time folding back on itself. To remember is to disengage from the present.” p.13

“dogs and women. . . connect to pain directly from its source, and so it is at once brilliant and brutal and clear, like white-hot metal spraying out of a fire hose, we can appreciate the aesthetic, while taking the worst of it straight in the face.” p. 62, 63

“What matters is not how precisely we can explain the event, but the event itself and its consequences.” p. 90

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