It’s a Dog’s Life: A Review of “The Art Of Racing In The Rain” by Garth Stein
Every pet owner has wondered what their furry friend is thinking as they observe the peculiarities of everyday human life. However, in Garth Stein’s novel The Art Of Racing In The Rain, the narrator isn’t a human but a lovable Labrador retriever/Terrier mix named Enzo.
On the eve of his death, Enzo is content as he looks back on both his life and the lives of his human family’s. He was adopted by an up-and-coming race car driver named Denny Swift from a farm just outside of Seattle. Enzo becomes a silent witness to Swift’s struggles to make a name for himself both on the track and off, including observing his master meeting and marrying a woman named Eve.
Thanks to Swift, Enzo has educated himself in the style of a philosopher by watching his owner’s old racing videos, The Weather Channel, and by paying very close attention to what his owner says. This allows the lovable pooch to gleam insight into the lives of his beloved owners and fosters a desire in Enzo to reincarnate as a human. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses—thanks to Enzo’s excellent sense of smell, he’s the only one who notices that Eve is developing a serious medical condition, which leads to a series of hardships that causes a lot of problems for the Swift family.
In the end, Stein’s novel showcases the power of love between humans and their pets, especially since Enzo is a silent but reliable companion to his beloved family. His work also shows just how powerful and important hope can be when you’re faced with despair. If you’re looking for a good book about the human experience, then make sure that you pick up The Art Of Racing In The Rain, and if you have a furry friend, make sure that they are by your side as you read.