Recommended: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

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(Recommendation written by Helen Senecal, Assistant Director of Transfer Admission )

I read your email yesterday about submissions for books to read for leisure!  I think this is a great idea and would love to make a recommendation.

I just finished reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein and would heartily recommend this book!  For those who have pets (particularly a dog) or have had pets in the past, this book is a humorous narrative of the human condition as seen through the eyes of a dog, Enzo.

Enzo is adopted as a puppy by a family and immediately understands that he is different from humans.  He passionately believes in reincarnation and that he will come back as a human.  As such, he is determined to learn how to be “human.”  This book is about the relationships between Enzo and Denny (the father), Eve (the mother), and Zoe (the child). Denny is an aspiring Formula One racer whose philosophy about life is much aligned with his view of racing… the best racers learn to control not only their car but themselves during the ultimate test of endurance, racing in the rain.  Enzo learns from Denny this “art” as he philosophically observes toward the end of his life as a dog, “I know this much about racing in the rain.  I know it is about balance. It is about anticipation and patience… but racing in the rain is also about mind!  It is about owning one’s own body.  About believing that one’s car is merely an extension of one’s body.  About believing that the track is an extension of the car, and the rain is an extension of the track, and the sky is an extension of the rain.  It is about believing that you are not you; you are everything; and everything is you.”  (pg. 314).  A thoroughly enjoyable read, full of humor, philosophy, and pure love.  Read it and tell me you won’t look at your pet and think, I wonder?

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