Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

All avid readers have a few books that leave a lasting impression on them. Wether it be a character that touched their heart or a plot that had their heart racing. It could be a book that changed the way they think about a certain subject or a book that was like nothing else they have ever seen before. Somehow, some way, that author wrote a story that touched the reader in the deepest way possible, in a way that will never be forgiven. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is one of those books for me.


The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog nearing the end of his life. The dog, Enzo, has a deep and philosophical insight, free of the judgments humans have clouding their vision. The clarity and pure emotion that Enzo expresses throughout the story as he looks back on his life and the life of his “master” is unmatched. That clarity and emotion come through as we see his master, Denny, struggle through life; hope always lighting the way, but happiness slightly out of reach. Enzo narrates Denny’s story through the unexpected death of his young wife and the resulting custody battle between Denny and his in-laws over his only daughter.

Denny’s up-and-coming racing career completes a full spectrum of emotion. HIs talent brings him rare opportunities, adventurous travels, difficult choices and sure moments of bliss.


Having read this book over two years ago, I do not have any specific writing critiques for this blog although I remember it to be a smooth, pleasant read. The POV was utilized brilliantly. Stein used the dog’s point of view to introduce humor, clarity and pure emotion. The POV allows a unique distance from the human characters while still expressing the heart-felt nature of the events first-hand. 


The book is sure to touch and dog-lover’s heart. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! 5 stars, without a doubt.

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and–best of all–the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach to us about being human. I loved this book.” — Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants



About Sarah JS

Aspiring writer, lover of words, book nerd, working editor, and permanent student of the world

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