- Reading level: Ages
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (2 Jun 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061537969
- ISBN-13: 978-0061537967
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.
Never heard of a book written from the point of view of a dog? Well, Garth Smith wrote one.
I savored this book because of its concept: "When a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man." Not all dogs. Only those who are ready. Enzo, a shepherd-poodle-terrier mix, is ready.
Enzo is a dog bought by Denny when he was only a dozen weeks old. He then spent his whole life living with Denny and his family. Denny gives Enzo everything until Eve appears. Denny eventually marries Eve, but Enzo is hesitant of her. Then, Eve gives birth to Zoë. Later on, Enzo knows that there is something wrong with Eve. He can smell the cancer in her. Eve was so scared that she won’t see a doctor. When she is finally diagnosed, it is too late. Eve’s death is devastating to the Swift family and sparks a custody battle between Denny and Eve’s parents. This cause Denny to his knees financially and may destroy his racing career. Enzo sees and processes it all. He did all his effort to put the family back together. It's amazing what a dog can do.
As he nears the end of his life as a dog and looks forward to the next, he longs for a voice and thumbs so that he can help the ones that he loves. Enzo always thinks that dog was related close to human. He wish his incarnation will be as a man. And he knows that he is ready.
"The Art of Racing In The Rain" is a great book! I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It contains many insight of racing. The scene with Denny test driving a car with Enzo with him was among my favorite. This book is highly recommended for animal lover and race lover.