Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Gareth Stein (audio)


Overview from Barnes and Noble:

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

My thoughts:
My habit of never reading a synopsis, back cover or inside flap of a dust jacket makes reading and listening to books even more interesting, I had thought this book was going to have something to do with bike racing.  Not sure what I saw or read that made me think that, but I was surprised when I found out that the racing referred to was car racing.  Not in a bad or good way, just a sort of general surprise.

Hearing a story told from the perspective of a dog was a nice change.  A lot of the miscommunication people create in trying to be polite or avoid hurt feelings was taken away because Enzo told the story as he saw it, with his own emotion, but he saw things as they were without the circling around that people sometimes do to be polite.  Enzo loved Denny and felt some jealousy and resentment when he met and married Eve, but he loved their daughter Zoe and came to accept Eve. 

Denny dreams of making it in racing, but still works at a garage as a day job.  He can sometimes be gone for long periods of time and Eve's parents are less than thrilled with their daughters choice of husband.  Events come into play that are so frustrating to watch play out.  The truth can be an important thing and not everyone uses it as they should.  Their was pain and heartbreak and love and loss and joy and happiness, as there are in all lives.  Enzo is there for all of it, watching, participating and helping. 

Along with his participation in family life, Enzo also has an ongoing tension with the crows and a fear of the crazy zebra inside us all.  Through it all life lessons are related to driving, where ever your eyes go the car goes- where you look there goes your life.  Think about where you want to be and look that way, stop being so focused on the right  now that you lose sight of your goal.  If you focus on the wall you are going to crash, look ahead and have faith.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062349538
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Garth Stein
Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain), How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.

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