The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing In the Rain

By Garth Stein

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 5,258 Ratings
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Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.


  • Great book, movie in the works!!

    Just ran into one of the actors and producers of the movie adaptation for this book. It’s gonna be pretty awesome.
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    By Crotophytus
    A special book for those who have shared their life with a golden, a rescued dog or a mix from the pound. The value of a dog companion is shared throughout the book. An extraordinary treatment.
  • A movie should be created about this book, it would be a Hit!

    By Valerie S. Urzua
    A 100% Recomendable book It has a beautiful story not just about a dog but about a love between a family that gets compromised... Mu favorite book of all times, if your planing to buy it don't think it twice! You'll not regret at all.
  • The Art of a racing in the rain

    By Jojomaxidoodle
    I couldn't wait to read more of what Enzo thought! I absolutely fell in love with Enzo and his family! The life lessons he share along his journey were so true to my own life! Amazing what we can learn from our dogs!
  • So Good!!!

    By H Smiles
    I am a voracious reader and read two or three books a week. This one was outstanding and will stay with me for a long time. I think it's likely the best I've read all year. Everyone will enjoy it, but especially if you are a lover of dogs and a fan of driving fast cars as I am. Thank you to the author for the experience of getting to know these wonderful characters. Well done indeed. Good boy!
  • Great read!!!

    By lcharles0126
    Just finished this book and I LOVED it!!! An absolute must read! But be forewarned... you won't be able to put it down, it's about a dog, and it definitely tugs at the heartstrings. 💖🐶🐾
  • The Art of Racing In The Rain

    By cooksquotes
    An emotional and thought-provoking Book which enlightens one's Spirit.
  • Awesome

    By Hnikegirl
    This book is sweet, thought provoking, and wonderfully complex. It's worth your time.
  • Think about your favorite book, and multiply that by 5 million

    By Keaton RENICK
  • A Classic

    By jorgedefinland
    I have read a lot of books and I have never left a review. This book was so good that I couldn't help it. This is the best book I've read in a very long time!