I read this book in the summer of 2008 and I remember lying by our pool, reading through my tears. This book was one of the saddest books I've ever read, but it's also one of the best. It's a story of love, devotion, hope, loyalty, philosophy, and mostly, resilience.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by Enzo, an aging dog who is loved by his race-car driving owner, Denny. Since Enzo can't talk, he's developed the art of listening and he's become a master observer. Denny meets and marries Eve and they have a lovely daughter, Zoe. You love this family, you root for them. And then Enzo smells something go wrong inside Eve and you know this can't go well. Eve developes cancer and decides to move back into her parents' house along with Zoe. As tragedies befall Denny, Enzo tells his story with compassion, affection and love.
This story made me angry and sad and helpless and hurt and frustrated. As well as grateful and hopeful and happy. This is most definitely a tear-jerker, but it is also in my top 5 favorite books of all time. Enzo's buddha-like observations will stick with you long after you place the book back on the shelf: "That which you manifest is before you."
Recently, Universal Pictures bought the movie rights and Patrick Dempsey signed on. If you were on the fence before, I hope that seals the deal! ;)
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