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The Art of Racing in the Rain (Large Print)

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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.

About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of three novels, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and lives in Seattle with his family.

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Tony Seymour, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Tony Seymour)
I picked this book up to read because I am interested in automobile racing and I thought it would be a quick read.
Well , it was a quick read all right but it all happened in one 12 hour sitting because I could not put it down.
This is a book about racing just like " Field Of Dreams " is a book about Baseball.
The racing is a part of the story but really this is a sweet book from a dog's ( ENZO) perspective that is really about LOVE and all that can come from its expression.
WONDERFUL AND ENRICHENING
Thanks Garth Stein, I loved it and have recommended it to and given it to many people because I knew they would understand
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PDX419, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by PDX419)
Very sweet story. I couldn't put it down.
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PDX419, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by PDX419)
Very sweet story. I couldn't put it down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061562402
Author:
Stein, Garth
Publisher:
HarperLuxe
Author:
by Garth Stein
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Automobile racing drivers
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Large Print
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.07x5.96x.88 in. .91 lbs.

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