Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Perhaps I loved this story because of the geographical references the Puget Sound region. Perhaps I enjoyed it because I shared the experience with my daughter listening to the book-on-CD together as we made a college-visitation trip. Whichever reason, I found it very delightful. Narrated by the dog, Enzo, who thinks that he is human, this book has a decidedly unique feel to it; refreshing. "...a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and best of all, the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair." (From the back cover) Be sure to have a box of tissues on hand as you read it and your heart will sing over the ending.
A favorite quote: "I know this much about racing in the rain. I know it is about balance. It is about anticipation and patience...racing in the rain is about the mind. It is owning one's own body..." p. 314
Adult to Older teen; Rating 5 out of 5 stars.