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The Art of Racing In the Rain ~Garth Stein

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The art of racing in the rain

This is a biographical work of fiction about a dog as told by a dog.  It is about living in Seattle, Washington and about racing cars.

Racing in the Rain is a multifaceted love story.  It is a hard story and an easy read.  Stein is a very delightful wordsmith who seems to understand and know love.

“The true hero is flawed.  The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in orders to triumph.  A hero without a flaw is of no interests to an audience or to the universe, which, after all, is based on conflict and opposition the irresistible force meeting the unmovable object.”

Mr. Stein has done a great deal of research as it appears from his bio that he is not a Washington native, but rather has come here with new eyes and he liked what he experienced and saw.  He knows dogs and he shares the communications of gestures and myths in a believable manner and fashion.  Stein knows car racing and expounds its practice, theories and the people involved in camaraderie of wisdom.  He knows people and their strange and quirky actions; he only explores one individual and his life and loves via his dog’s understanding.

“People are always worried about what’s happening next.  They often find it difficult to stand still, to occupy the now without worrying about the future.  People are not generally satisfied with what they have; they are very concerned with what they are going to have.”

I would never have chosen this book to read, and our book group has a rule that everyone gets to choose the book they want to have the group read – their own style.  I am so happy that Deb found this book and is insisting we all read it as her birthday gift this July.

I am very happy that it was a fictional story by a very good writer because I have felt the pressure of too many self- help books in a row.  A little good fantasy goes a long way to enjoying the moments of relaxation in our lives.

I try to avoid animal stories because they always – DIE.

Rain is an important part of this story and it could not have been told without this element

5 Ladybugs

“The visible becomes inevitable.  The car goes where the eyes go.”

Cute Enzo video here too!

No one paid me or gave me anything to read and write about this book.  Well, Deb insisted! But I bought the book myself and wanted to share this delightful read with you.  If you purchase any item from Amazon from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket or one could donate the purchase of a cuppa!

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Ecotopia
The Help
Teaching a Pup to Rain Walk
Merle’s Door: Lessons of a free thinking dog