cht0224, May 6, 2011 (view all comments by cht0224)
I NEVER comment on these types of things; however, this book shook me to my core!!! I read this book on the plane from NC to Co and back. I cried SOO hard that my eyes and nose were blood red! I have 2 ageing dogs and one is starting to slow down a lot! This is the best book I've read in a long long time! A must for dog lovers and will be enjoyed by men and women alike.
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gabriellaschmidt, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by gabriellaschmidt)
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a heart breaking tale seen through the dog's eyes. The story made me look at my two dogs in a very different way. What are they doing and thinking when they are left alone? Dogs are our constant companions providing unconditional love. This is a must read for dog lovers and lovers of good stories.
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MaryAnn Hare, December 10, 2009 (view all comments by MaryAnn Hare)
This book is shameless in its gushing smarminess. Also, it offers everything I NEVER wanted to know about car racing. Ok, I will never read another book narrated by a dog. No. Let me rephrase that: I will never read another book written by a man, using a dog's voice. I will not rule out reading a book written by a dog.
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After the umpteenth customer recommended this book to me, I made it my book club pick. The first few lines made me a bit nervous (because it could have gone so terribly wrong, you see), but I was laughing and crying within the first three pages. I finished the book in less than a day, and I still can't even look at the book without feeling it all again. Stein and his unconventional narrator make the requisite suspension of disbelief effortless; I was swept away and I suspect you will be, too.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zo, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"Stein...creates a patient, wise, and doggish narrator that is more than just fluff and collar....[S]hould appeal to fans of both dogs and car racing."
by Kirkus Reviews,
A novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find even the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
Sanctuary. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network. Home for strays and rescued dogs.
Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although sheand#8217;s supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. Thatand#8217;s what she signed up forand#8212;never mind that she lied and doesnand#8217;t know the first thing about animals except what sheand#8217;s learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs?
Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things sheand#8217;s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time heand#8217;s adopted, and the rottweiler whoand#8217;s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: and#8220;Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever.and#8221; As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself.
A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a brilliantly engaging novel about finding fellow animals who may bring you a deeper sense of home, healing, and the power of inventing a future.
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