The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinThis book is narrated by a dog. Enzo is no ordinary dog – he fully expects to be reincarnated as a human in his next life. He is self aware and often frustrated by the limitations of his paws and his floppy tongue. Enzo is in awe of his master Denny -who is a professional race car driver with a talent for navigating tracks in wet weather. Through the loyal and loving perspective of Enzo, we hear how Denny created a family and then nearly lost it again, and we learn about the importance of perseverance and hope.

What the Armchair Critics Thought:
There is an undercurrent of sadness in this novel because we learn in the first few pages that Enzo is at the end of his life. It made us reflect on the wonderful pets we have known. It was also inspiring to see Denny struggle through such hard times even when the shocks came one after another. We enjoyed the humour of the book -especially the scene when Enzo uses the only method available to him to prevent Denny from signing the fateful papers. We also appreciated the philosophy of the book and how the mental techniques of racing were used to illustrate ways of coping with stressful situations in life.

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