A Review of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I read this book with a book club over the course of three weeks. I’m glad I took the time to read it slowly and discuss it with others because there is much to be gleaned from this book.

Garth Stein writes an amazing story of the struggles of a small and dysfunctional family told through the perspective of the family dog, Enzo. Enzo is a highly intelligent dog who thinks he should’ve been born a man, spurred on even more so from constantly watching TV with a voracious appetite to learn. Even being the highly intelligent being that he is he still gives in to the baser needs of being a dog, giving this tale a more realistic feel.

This story has many highs and many lows but teaches many lessons about life along the way. I found myself laughing and crying. I also found myself bored sometimes. There are a few chapters dedicated solely to the aspects of raceway driving, and while I can see what the author was doing comparing real life with fast driving, it was hard to focus and not just skim through. This would probably really appeal to fans of NASCAR though. And even those who aren’t can draw something from this book as the raceway driving mostly takes a backseat to the family dynamic.

This is a quick, easy read and I would definitely recommend it, especially to dog lovers.

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