American Lit · Misc. Lit

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Do you see? I’m not afraid of it anymore. I wanted you with me before because I wanted you to protect me, but I’m not afraid of it anymore. Because its not the end,”

A heartbreaking story about an aspiring racing driver, Denny, and his faithful dog, Enzo, as they battle through life and all it throws at them in turn. Resplendent with racing metaphors, it was a wonderful book and perfect for anyone who has loved (and lost) a dear pet in the past.

Together Denny and Enzo battle through everything – love, loss, death, happiness, despair. Enzo is given humanity as he stands faithfully by Denny’s side throughout his life. Some may argue this book veered into sentimentality but it was nonetheless well written and when a book deals with such a subject – the loss of a pet – some sentimentality is to be expected because it deals with an almost universal feeling which can be identified with by everyone for however long or short our beloved pets are on this earth for. Ultimately, we never really want to let them go.

The book reminded me of the writings of Mitch Albom in many ways because they both deal with similar topics. However, Stein in this instance dealt with the death of a beloved pet and Albom deals with the death of a person and the appreciation of life.

MY RATING: ***** / *****

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