- Tapa blanda: 400 páginas
- Editor: HARPER COLLINS US BRAND CODE; Edición: International (25 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0062023063
- ISBN-13: 978-0062023063
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº43.789 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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The Art of Racing in the Rain (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 sep 2015
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Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice. --Entertainment Weekly
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. Since finishing this engagingly unique novel, I've found myself staring at my own dog, thinking, Hmm, I wonder ... --Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True
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. 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
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On the eve of his death, Enzo, a philosopher dog with a nearly human soul and an obsession with opposable thumbs, takes stock of his life. He recalls all that he and the Swift family have been through: the sacrifices his master Denny has made to succeed as an up and coming race car driver, the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife, and the subsequent custody battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.
Joyful in its language, creative in its narration and affecting in its story (The Seattle Times), THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope. It's impossible not to love Enzo (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and equally difficult not to love this book.
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I also felt there was a bit too much of the world verses Denny (the main character). At times you may wonder how many evil people are conspiring against him, but life can feel that way. Maybe Enzo could have shared more wisdom with Denny of how to understand people expressing fear.
I did love the cars and racing elements. I also thought of my best friend often, as many dog lovers will when reading this enjoyable book.
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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.
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.
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.
But the main drama is the conflict between Denny Swift (husband, widower and gentle dog owner) and his in-laws. Denny is noble and persevering. The in-laws are mostly despicable. And their conflict is very black and white as well.
Of course, that storyline is not why I bought the book. What does the dog (Enzo) think about all that? And what does Enzo do about it? In that regard, some parts are laugh-out-loud funny. But the book is more serious than it is funny, and so the story did not have quite as much light-hearted fun as I thought there would be. Still, I thought the book ended on a very happy and uplifting note.
I like the story but had some issues with it. I found it to be slow at times, especially the long passages about racing and famous race car drivers which I ended up skimming over. The story of Denny’s life is pretty believable. I think it’s a cute and intriguing idea to narrate it this way, because we don’t really know what goes on in their heads. Enzo’s tangents on his favorite actors and tv shows were cute, but didn’t really add much to the story. It’s not how I imagine my dog thinking. I also didn’t really like how Enzo was omnipresent at certain points, telling parts of the story which he wasn’t present for. But the book definitely made me snuggle my dog a little closer!