The Art of Racing in the Rain

If you haven’t yet read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, it’s a must read. Written in the voice of the family dog, Enzo, the reader gains insights into life.

Enzo shares Denny’s passion for race car driving by watching televised races, and Enzo dreams about the his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. He happily awaits the prospect of all he can do with opposable thumbs!

One of my favorite passages from the book contains Enzo’s reflection on why he knows he will be a good person: “Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grapbs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street.” (page 101).

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