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The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein
Reviewed by: Steve Schwarz for The Sports Network
I was handed this book on Thanksgiving Day
by a relative of mine who knows of my passion for auto racing and dogs. With all the
football going on, I didn't open in up until the following week, but I found it
impossible to put down, as I finished the entire 321 pages in two days.
It's the fictional story of Denny Swift, a race car driver, as told through the
mind and eyes of his dog - Enzo, a lab/terrier mix, who is part philosopher and
has a nearly human soul.
Enzo is old and near death and looks back on his life with Denny.
The story begins with Denny choosing him at the puppy farm and follows Denny's
life as he meets and marries his wife Eve and starts a family.
Enzo, like Denny, loves the sport of racing. Always the loyal dog, he is beside
Denny through good times and bad and tries to communicate with his master
despite not having the ability to speak. This frustrates Enzo, as does the fact
that he doesn't posess opposable thumbs which would make his life so much
easier, but he listens and watches the world around him and he definitely
Enzo is comforted by the fact that according to a documentary he saw about
Mongolia (yes, he loves to watch television) he will be reincarnated as a human
in his next life and he believes he will be a great person with all he has
learned in this life.
Enzo is charming and witty as the narrator of this tale. I'm not one to
cry, or admit that I did cry, but this ending did bring me to tears.
The Art of Racing in the Rain will be turned into a movie, starring Patrick
Dempsey, with a yet to be determined release date.