THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

From Charlene Muhr
author: STEIN, GARTH
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog named Enzo.  Enzo is different from other dogs; he feels he has a soul, a human soul trapped in a dog’s body.  Enzo is close to death but not despairing of this because he knows that he will return to this world as a man.  He based this on a television documentary that he watched on the Mongolian belief that a good dog will reincarnate as a man.  Enzo recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his beloved master, Denny Swift, a semi-pro race car driver.  He studies the human behavior of Denny, his wife, Eve, and daughter, Zoe, and watching good television shows like National Geographic and car races.  This is a heart wrenching story, and like many other dog stories, the dog dies.  Enzo, the dog philosopher, does leave us with this thought, that life is like racing but it is not just about going fast.