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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain


The Art of Racing in the Rain was a book that we had considered reading for the book group but it fizzled out. It was in my To Be Read pile and so I delved in last week. I am still undecided whether I liked the book or not. Of course any book with a dog on the cover can't be all bad. Garth Stein did a wonderful job at telling the story from the point of view of a race car driver's dog and companion, Enzo. Unlike Marley and Me where there were happy times followed by a sad ending, this book was one heart wrenching event after another. If you are reading this book as part of a book club there are questions to help with discussion here
What are your thoughts?

10 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Cute cover, but if the story is heart wrenching I'll have to pass. I still can't bring myself to read (or watch) Marley and Me.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Joanne said...

Linda T. gave me this book to read and, while not an animal person (as you know), I found it well written and an interesting perspective. Different, in a good way.

Tiffany Norris said...

This one is on my TBR list as well, but I'm hesitant because I was scarred by Marley and Me!

K9friend said...

I read this one and posted a review on my blog some time back. The story definitely tugs the heartstrings in the way of Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe. It has quite an interesting ending!

lv2scpbk said...

I really wanted to like this book but found out I couldn't get into it. I tried to keep going but it wasn't for me. If you want to read a good dog book, and believable, read.. One Good Dog by Susan Wilson. I loved that book. It goes back and forth from the man talking and the dog thinking his thoughts, but it is believable who how the dog thinks. Some dog books are boring, but this one you can't put down.

lv2scpbk said...

Intead of "it is believable who how the dog thinks." It should read on "it is believable on how the dog thinks" Sorry wording there.

Claire said...
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Claire said...

I thought this book was better than Marley & Me. I liked the perspective and loved the ending. The struggle with the in-laws was tough to read though.

Suzanne said...

I really enjoyed the book, but I did indeed cry my eyes out almost from start to finish! I loved that the story was told from the dog's perspective and I really thought Garth Stein's writing was great. The author was really sweet to come to our small town library (and I mean small) and talk about the book and himself! I can't compare it to Marley and Me because I didn't dare read that! :-)

jenclair said...

I couldn't finish it and felt the author was more interested tear-jerking than anything else. It had gotten such good press that I thought I'd love it, but I wasn't in the mood for that much grief.