Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Art of Racing in the Rain Book Review

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein was the latest book for my book club. As usual in the weeks leading up to my book club's meeting, my husband could be heard uttering his usual reminder, "Have you finished the book?" This time, however, he was particularly interested in the book because the main character is a dog named Enzo Ferrari. Yes, Ferrari as in the car.

The story is told from Enzo's perspective. The idea of reading a book from the point of view of a dog might seem weird but it worked. It doesn't actually seem like a dog talking although the narration definitely looks at the world from the Enzo's point of view.

Enzo believes in reincarnation and really wants to be reincarnated as a human being so that he can voice his views (and so that he can have thumbs.) He understands everything that people say and wants to add his thoughts to the conversation.

Did I say that the story is about a race car driver, too? Enzo's master is a driver and Enzo is therefore often immersed in the world of race car driving. Don't let that put you off though. If you are not into race car driving, you will still enjoy this book. Race car driving is simply the world that the characters in this book live in though if you are like me, you might also learn a bit about race car driving. There is never anything wrong with learning about another world.

Enzo is not like other dogs. He is a philosopher and is almost human in a number of ways. He is self-educated with the help of his television and his master, Danny Swift. In the story, Enzo reflects back on his life, the life of the Swift family, on what he has learned about being human and, as the book says, "how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast."

I expected my book club book to analyze this book. However, they did not. Instead, they pretty much unanimously agreed that it was a pleasant book and a nice read. Some questioned a few life-changing decisions on the part of the main characters and some including myself particularly enjoyed the comical moments in the book.

So is it recommended? Yes. The Art of Racing in the Rain was a New York Times best seller for many weeks. It is a good story. It is lighthearted though sometimes sad and there are definitely some things between the covers to think about. I think the book is perfect for dog lovers and enjoyable for the rest of us, too.

The way, the image that I think most reflects what Enzo looks like is at the top of the page. That image just seems to capture Enzo's spirit. You don't have to agree with me on that point but you can see all of the artwork available on the covers of The Art of Racing in the Rain on Amazon by clicking right here. Of course, you can also order yourself a copy of the book at that location, too.

This book is set to become a movie though originally Universal Studios picked up the rights and then did not follow through. However, The Hollywood Reporter says that Walt Disney Studios has picked up the rights so now all we have to do is wait and see what Disney puts together for us. Disney has made a lot of successful dog movies; let's hope they do this one properly.

Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain? Would you recommend it? What else have you read lately?

See you at the bookstore!

Brenda
Treasures by Brenda

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7 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really great book and written from a prospective I have often wondered about. Sometimes I look at one of my pups and just know they have something they would like to say (other than I'll be happy to eat your leftovers). They also intuitively like or dislike a person. I find that especially intriguing because I believe they sense something I can't see. If one of my pups dislikes you, you can rest assured I am giving the pup more credibility than I do any human. I can easily imagine this book would be right up my alley, so to speak. I do like the different artwork on the books and I like the title. The title alone seems to have philosophical implications. "Racing in the Rain" sounds dangerous, yet somehow soothing too. Excellent book review! I look forward to reading the book.

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  2. Sounds like a book that I would enjoy. Thanks for the synopsis and the review. I love reading books that have a little more to them than what meets the eye and this one sounds like a winner to me.

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  3. Thanks for your visits, ladies. I hope you enjoy the book if you find it in your hands!

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  4. A story from a dog's point of view. Sounds delightful. I will certainly look for this book for my reading list.

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  5. I think this sounds like an awesome idea for a book, definitely going on my must read list which is getting way too long I might add!

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  6. This sounds like a very good and entertaining book. I know I would enjoy it! Also, there are a couple of dog lovers in my family and this book would be an ideal gift!

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  7. I have often wondered what this book was about, so I was glad to read your review. I read a lot of dog books, but don't often seek out those written from the dog's point of view. This one sounds unique and worth checking out. Thanks for the introduction.

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