Summary: 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. 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, Zoe, 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 Zoe at his side…Read more.
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Garth Stein: The Art of Racing In The Rain Audio Book Summary
The protagonist and narrator of the book is a dog, worse not any dog Enzo is a terrier who has the conviction that in his next life will be a man, he, already feels practically human and has been preparing for a long time through The observation of his friend and owner Denny Swift.
Denny is a car racer for whom life is a great car race. Denny’s story is one of hope, patience, hard work and love. He must strive to make his way in the world of motorsports and must also overcome a series of tests that presents fate. He likes to watch races as a metaphor for life itself. Enzo is convinced that he will reincarnate because he knows that he does not have much time in his life as a dog. He is already old and weak so his owner must make the difficult decision to put his little friend to sleep so he does not suffer. Enzo aware of the situation, he recounts his life since he was a puppy. From when his master married Ave and had a daughter named Zoe forming the four a happy family, until his last dog days.
Enzo tells us nothing more of his life being a dog, but he shows us the life of us human beings from his original point of view.
Enzo also speaks of themes as inherent to man as suffering. Family life changes when Eve gets cancer, which is the beginning of a series of difficulties that will have to overcome together.
It also tells us about the bond between the dog and its owner, the way he is loyal to the good and the bad, and how he fights from his trench and his limitations as a dog to keep a family together and give hope to his master
The Art of Racing in the Rain is therefore a book about traveling through life, captivates us, moves us, shakes us, softens our hearts, makes us suffer for the difficulties that the Swift family is facing, for the Destination of Enzo, but also have fun for their anecdotes, enjoy the good times and rejoice for his life. It makes us reflect
It is a book of loyalty, friendship, love that will make the reader experience a whole range of emotions throughout reading. In short, a beautiful and unforgettable novel.
The reading catches us since we know the nice Enzo. The narrative style is simple, no spins, no fuss, no complications, with understandable language, it’s a smart but easy-to-read book.