The Art of Racing in the Rain
I’ll admit, I don’t read a lot of books. My reading typically consists of reading and giving technical advise out on the various Porsche forums out there (PorscheDoc or karl2bdc on most the major boards). If not there, I usually have an issue of Excellence, Pano, European Car, etc laying around that I nose through. Quite honestly, after college and grad school, I really lost any desire to hold a book, let alone bury my nose in it, but I have decided that I should try and spend more time reading.
A few days I plucked “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein off the bookshelf to read. My wife had already read the book, and absolutely loved it, so I thought I would give it a try. It tells the story of a dog, Enzo, and his owner racecar driver (Porsche cup cars no less). A must read for any dog loving track enthusiast.
From the book…..
“Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, and up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three year battle over their daughter, Zoe, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limiations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoe at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine care barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimate uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life….as only a dog could tell it.
Up next? I haven’t decided yet, but if you have any recommendations, let me know!