Review – The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
If you want a quick read that makes you weep and gives you pointers on life, this is the book for you! It is narrated by Enzo, a philosophical dog and is about his family and his life. His owner, Denny, is a race car driver who knows how to drive well on a wet race track. There is a special art to racing in the rain which can be applied to how you live your life as well.
So, to add rain to this man’s life, a whole sh*t load of problems and horrible things descend upon him. How he reacts to the rain in his life, his focus to make it through the curves leads to whether he will crash and burn or make it through for the win. It is allegorical and all that good stuff. It is told simply and well.
So, I read the first 3/5’s of this book in one sitting, then I threw the book down in an emotional tizzy because I felt so manipulated because so much crap gets piled on this poor guy. It is a little heavy handed, so I suggest you read this for the interesting POV and the emotional rollercoaster it takes you on. I picked it up again to finish it and didn’t have another freak out, so that was good. I enjoyed it. I think if I read it in smaller chunks I would have had a better time of it. Since it goes so quickly and the chapters are short and easy I ate too much of the book all at once and got a tummy-ache. I wept, dang it, I laughed, it was nice and it ultimately makes you feel good. 3 stars.
This sort of summed up the book for me:
“No race has ever been won in the first corner,” he said. “But plenty of races have been lost there.” …
“That’s right,” he said to me, “If we’re going to be a cliche, let’s be a positive cliche.”