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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER

MEET THE DOG

WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD

HOW TO BE HUMAN

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

“Splendid.” —People

“The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I’m lucky enough to read a novel I can’t stop thinking about: this is one of them.” —Jodi Picoult

“It’s impossible not to love Enzo.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book.” —Sara Gruen

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“One of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.” -- Portland Oregonian

“Splendid.” -- People (3 ½ out of 4 stars)

“Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice.” -- Entertainment Weekly

“The perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn’t only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls...meant for each other never really comes to an end.” -- Jodi Picoult

The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and—most especially—the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book.” -- Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and--most especially--the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human.” -- Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.” -- Wally Lamb, Author of She''s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True

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A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of Enzo Races in the Rain!, based on the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain). His other works include A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.

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Hollye Abner
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The human language, as precise as it is with its thousands of words, can still be so wonderfully vague."
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
"I bark twice because I want him to hear, I want him to know." As a rule I avoid sad dog things. Not because I don''t like dogs, but because I love them. For me, a sad situation with a dog is 1000x worse than with a person, and I just don''t have the... See more
"I bark twice because I want him to hear, I want him to know."

As a rule I avoid sad dog things. Not because I don''t like dogs, but because I love them. For me, a sad situation with a dog is 1000x worse than with a person, and I just don''t have the emotional capability to keep it together. But a friend of mine recommended this book multiple times over the past year, so I finally bite the bullet and read it.

And let me tell you, I regret nothing. This book was amazing. I cried in the first chapter and could not stop reading. The voice of this book is crystal clear. It''s wonderful to hear a life told from a dog''s perspective and Enzo is so much more than just a dog. He is a confident, a shoulder, a protector, and a prisoner. I love him. I love Garth Stein for doing this.

The one disclaimer I have, don''t read this in public. I finished this book in an airport and thought TSA was going to have to get involved. So many feels.
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Been there, done that
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Predictable and overrated
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
I am a sucker for dog books - no matter how many, I read them. A Dog‘s Purpose, where the dog dies and is reincarnated five times, has a happy ending-the dog is reunited with his true companion/owner. This book has a similarly predictable ending. But along the... See more
I am a sucker for dog books - no matter how many, I read them. A Dog‘s Purpose, where the dog dies and is reincarnated five times, has a happy ending-the dog is reunited with his true companion/owner.

This book has a similarly predictable ending. But along the way, there were countless chapters that preened breathlessly about auto racing stars and pontificated with litanies of Hallmark platitudes. I ended up skipping them.

The story arc is ridiculously dull: you know what’s going to happen with the wife, you know what’s going to happen with the dog, you know what’s going to happen with the grandparents, you know what’s going to happen with the criminal case. As a divorce lawyer, I found the whole custody/support case storyline just plain dull.

As for the voice of the dog - he sounds like a highly educated adult male. He says that is because he watches TV and has educated himself so that he is ready to go to the next life reborn as a human. A rehash of A Dog’s Purpose, only without anywhere near as much affection.

The animal abuse in the pages of this book was particularly horrifying. The dog’s dewclaws are removed without anesthesia. The dog is left alone for three days without food and water, his owner strikes him in the face, he’s left alone bored out of his mind.

After reading this book, I spent the following day giving my dog extra special attention to make sure she never feels like poor Enzo.

I will never understand how this book out to be such a big deal. I will not be seeing the movie.

Its only saving grace is it didn’t take very long to read, but that’s partly because I skipped through the endless homilies, the word repetition (I must’ve read it about that Mongolian documentary five or six times at least) and the incredibly boring racing descriptions.
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Worthwhile read to provoke self-reflection and thought!
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
[From Wikipedia]: The novel follows the story of Denny Swift, a race car driver and customer representative in a high-end Seattle auto dealership, and his dog Enzo, who believes in the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a... See more
[From Wikipedia]: The novel follows the story of Denny Swift, a race car driver and customer representative in a high-end Seattle auto dealership, and his dog Enzo, who believes in the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a human.

Enzo spends most of his days watching and learning from television, gleaning what he can about his owner''s greatest passion, race car driving — and relating it to life. Enzo eventually plays a key role in Denny''s child-custody battle with his in-laws, and distills his observations of the human condition in the mantra "that which you manifest is before you." Enzo helps Denny throughout his life, through his ups and downs.

Likes:

- Enzo''s ability to break down life into a series of good or bad decisions allows the reader a simpler look at life. For Enzo, there doesn''t seem to be a gray area in decision making. It''s either good, or bad and that will determine the proceeding sequence of events.

- Denny''s perseverance (with the help of Enzo) in achieving his goals. Without revealing anything, it''s outrageous the amount of crap Denny was put through in this novel and, while he had moments of serious doubt and surrender, he worked tirelessly to keep his head above water.

- Many of Enzo''s observations of people are on par with today''s realities. Two of my favorites are:

1.) People aren''t always interested in the conversation unless it can be about them. Enzo commented on the realization that people will listen to a conversation until a specific comment is made that they can then use to gain control of the conversation and talk about themselves. This has happened to me quite often, although the person trying to overhaul the conversation always seems conveniently oblivious to their rudeness.

2.) People aren''t strongly capable of dealing with, or talking about, serious situations as they occur to others. Some examples could be when deaths happen or when family members become dangerously ill. Others don''t often know how to approach or interact the individual directly dealing with the issue, leaving the conversation uncomfortable and quiet and not offering much support to the person that needs it.

- Throughout the novel, the mantra "The car goes where the eyes go!" occurs as a positive way of reminding Denny, and Enzo that to achieve what you want you have to keep your eyes on the prize. Also, it serves as a good reminder that if you eyes stray towards the negative outcome of something that you are likely to venture that way.

- Enzo is a very aware and intuitive pup in this novel, definitely deserving of becoming a human in his next life. Also, he was pretty funny and sought revenge in the best of ways.

Dislikes:

- At certain times throughout the book I would get tired of the race car analogies that Enzo used.

- "The Evil Twins" aka Denny''s in-laws. I would be surprised to meet a reader that didn''t finish this novel absolutely hating these two characters after all of the hardships that they had Denny endure, just to achieve their own ends. Absolutely deplorable characters, which is a credit to the author for creating characters that a reader can come to hate.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to any, and all readers. The amount of drama that occurs in this novel is entertaining and horrific at the same time, with plenty of positive morals that are littered throughout. PLUS, there''s a dog in it!
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Grassshopper021
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A truly wonderful book.
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
I''ve read thousands of books, yet this is my favorite book ever. I originally read it when it first came out, but let a friend borrow it and she moved away with it:( This is my second copy. I actually cried reading this book, and I am not a very sensitive or... See more
I''ve read thousands of books, yet this is my favorite book ever. I originally read it when it first came out, but let a friend borrow it and she moved away with it:( This is my second copy.

I actually cried reading this book, and I am not a very sensitive or emotional person. I bawled like a baby. The book has so many happy moments, but the tragedies will break your heart. I like how this is from the viewpoint of the dog, and how he sees everything.

The story:

A dog named Enzo is owned by a man wanting to be a professional racecar driver. Enzo sees his owner go through marriage, life, death, legal issues, a career change, etc. Enzo shows you, through his dog eyes/brain, what it is like being there through all those moments. The book is not slow at all, has truly hilarious moments, and will make you want to hug your pets over and over. I am in love with this book.
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CJ
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The art of a relationship between two souls
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
I don''t think I''ve ever written a review for a book before but I felt the need to write one for this book because it is now one of my favorite of all time. I got this book as a Christmas gift and I finished reading it in less than 24 hours because I couldn''t put it down. It... See more
I don''t think I''ve ever written a review for a book before but I felt the need to write one for this book because it is now one of my favorite of all time. I got this book as a Christmas gift and I finished reading it in less than 24 hours because I couldn''t put it down. It was emotionally gripping, insightful and written completely from the point of view of a dog as he described his life with his best friend, Denny. I cried, I laughed, and I learned a lot from Denny and Enzo. It also made me appreciate and cherish my relationship with my best friend more than ever. I think the review from Ms. Jodi Picoult describes the book very well:
"The Art of Racing in the Rain is the perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn''t only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end."
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A familyfavorite to read....again and again!
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018
l am in love with this book, personally my favorite from Garth Stein, have read it 2x. When my oldest was 16 I handed the book to her to read, she''s a avid reader and was hesitant to ready a book ''her mom recommended'', however, she decided to give it a try. She finished in... See more
l am in love with this book, personally my favorite from Garth Stein, have read it 2x. When my oldest was 16 I handed the book to her to read, she''s a avid reader and was hesitant to ready a book ''her mom recommended'', however, she decided to give it a try. She finished in a week and said, "best book I''ve ever read...I actually want a copy for myself because I know I''ll want to read it again". When my youngest was 12 she asked to read it, based on how much her sister and I talked about this book. She read and I got the SAME reaction, ''best book I''ve read thus far and I want my own copy!". I would only recommend to a 12-15 year old IF you are okay with some, what society considers, ''bad language'' and some adult content, otherwise it''s a great story and love by very single person I''ve lent the book too. I have 4 copies in my home, one for each of us and one used as a ''loaner''. I highly recommend this book to anyone that hasn''t read it yet.
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David M.
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Animal Cruelty
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
I started reading this with great hope, and I was really enjoying it—up to the point of egregious, unnecessary cruelty to the helpless dog. I am truly sorry that I purchased this piece of trash, and I would really like my money back. I was recommending this book to... See more
I started reading this with great hope, and I was really enjoying it—up to the point of egregious, unnecessary cruelty to the helpless dog. I am truly sorry that I purchased this piece of trash, and I would really like my money back. I was recommending this book to several friends, but I will be reversing that recommendation immediately.

I won’t bother with watching the movie either, as I certainly don’t want to relive it.

I can’t believe this piece of trash gets incredible reviews.
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Elizabeth L.
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Have a box of tissues handy!
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
If you loved all the "feels" from "Marley and Me," you will love this book. I bought this a few months after losing my own dog to the old age, and reading abook from a dog''s perspective on our lives made me cry! Especially when Enzo jumped out the window (my dog did that... See more
If you loved all the "feels" from "Marley and Me," you will love this book. I bought this a few months after losing my own dog to the old age, and reading abook from a dog''s perspective on our lives made me cry! Especially when Enzo jumped out the window (my dog did that once!).

But besides being cute snapshots of typical doggie moments from the dog''s point of view, it gives deep insight on human relationships and understanding:
“I don''t understand why people insist on pitting concepts of evolution and creation against each other. Why can''t they see that spiritualism and science are one? That bodies evolve and souls evolve and the universe is a fluid package that marries them both in a wonderful package called a human being. What''s wrong with that idea?”

Read this book. But have a box of tissues handy. The feels sneak up on you.
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Probaly the best book you will ever read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2019
Apologies, me again.I have read many books, Historical, Biographies, Crime, Action and adventure.. Romance, Horror and Murder mysteries. Apart from the fact that this book involved a dog, I probably would have never read it- a book about a dog watching sports car racing. My...See more
Apologies, me again.I have read many books, Historical, Biographies, Crime, Action and adventure.. Romance, Horror and Murder mysteries. Apart from the fact that this book involved a dog, I probably would have never read it- a book about a dog watching sports car racing. My favourite book ever was Stephen King- The Shining and in my opinion nothing compared. Until this book. If you ever read one book in your life, then read this one. The Shining was down to one''s imagination. To see it in film took that away. I believe this book is also being made into a film. Good for the author, but the dog in question in down to the reader''s imagination- Not like Marley and Me kind of dog.
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You don''t need to be a dog lover to enjoy this thoroughly engaging story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2017
This is a book I enjoyed enormously, not just for the captivating story which stands on its own merits but for its humanity and insight as well. The author obviously knows dogs and completely captures the special relationship/bond formed between animal and owner. It doesn''t...See more
This is a book I enjoyed enormously, not just for the captivating story which stands on its own merits but for its humanity and insight as well. The author obviously knows dogs and completely captures the special relationship/bond formed between animal and owner. It doesn''t matter one jot that the tale is told by Enzo, the dog. If dogs really could talk they would tell it exactly like it is, as Enzo does; no frills, no lies, just facts, good or bad but always with unswerving loyalty, whether their owners are good to them or not. Through Enzo''s eyes we learn so much about human nature, how each individual deals with adversity and how focus, grit and determination can ultimately triumph against apparently insurmountable odds, especially where love is involved, as it is in many forms in this story. The author draws wonderful parallels between the skills and focus a racing driver needs to win the race, particularly when ''racing in the rain'' and how those same skills and being focussed on the outcome, can keep us from skidding out of control in real life. He makes you believe that if you want a thing badly enough then anything is possible. This is a story about love and the determination to succeed when the chips are down. You don''t have to be a dog lover to appreciate that, or to enjoy this thoroughly engaging book.
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Chloe
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Superb
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2019
This book is simply stunning! The idea if writing from a dogs point of view for the whole book is just genius. As humans we never understand that dogs take thing in and if they can understand. We know they can be our best friends but we forget how much of our lives that...See more
This book is simply stunning! The idea if writing from a dogs point of view for the whole book is just genius. As humans we never understand that dogs take thing in and if they can understand. We know they can be our best friends but we forget how much of our lives that they see and experience with us. The good times and the bad times. Listening to Enzo''s thoughts and experiences alongside his master Denny and his sister Zoë, is amazing and eye-opening. He is very philosophical and I have taken a few beautiful quotes from Enzo and will use them for a long time. "That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it though intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves" That a way to look a life and to pursue it through this book, through the eyes of someone we all love in our home and our lives. Someone that gives us comfort when we dont even realise we need it. Someone we call a pet, but is really another member of our family. If you read one book this year, make it this.
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Bring It On Lenny
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Brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2018
Everyone should read this unique book. Do not be put off by the title. It isn''t about racing in or out of the rain. It is about one man''s struggle and eventual triumph at living his life in the face of adversity, as seen from the perspective of his dog. His dog has a unique...See more
Everyone should read this unique book. Do not be put off by the title. It isn''t about racing in or out of the rain. It is about one man''s struggle and eventual triumph at living his life in the face of adversity, as seen from the perspective of his dog. His dog has a unique perspective on human life, touched as he is, constantly, by human presence and involvement in his own life and can see things which we humans often overlook or take for granted. If you only read one book in your life, make it this one.
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Talia
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A Unique Perspective
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2020
Well, that was unusual! A book told by a dog from his perspective. Adorable. As a fan of motor racing, my favourite bits were the brilliant descriptions of driving throughout the book. Enzo, the dog, is at times totally hilarious, and also at times sensitive and sad. The...See more
Well, that was unusual! A book told by a dog from his perspective. Adorable. As a fan of motor racing, my favourite bits were the brilliant descriptions of driving throughout the book. Enzo, the dog, is at times totally hilarious, and also at times sensitive and sad. The story is beautiful and hopeful and also devastatingly sad. I disliked the dog preaching to me and that irritated me a lot. At times the narrative is so smarmy that it made me feel that the writer was forcing his agenda on to me, in his flimsy disguise of a dog. The ending was lovely, even though it was a little bit nauseating. I’m glad it all worked out for the best. I won’t be rushing to read any more of this author’s work and wouldn’t have read this one if it had not been forced on me by my reading group.
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