When this book was picked as our monthly book club selection there were quite a few people who said “Ugh, not a dog book!”. I will admit I have been waffling over the past year as to whether to read The Art of Racing in the Rain or not. On the one hand I had heard good things about the book but on the other hand I am generally not a fan of sappy animal books.
Well, I read it and found it to be a quick read that I looked forward to picking up. I enjoyed that it was told from the perspective of the dog…a philosophical dog who enjoyed watching TV and tapes of his master, Denny, racing cars. I was not a big fan of all the “life is like auto racing” chapters. I am not a car racing fan so those chapters kind of irked me and I freely admit that I started to skim those parts to get to the others chapters more quickly. “The Art of Racing…” was one of those books that made me cry at the end. Of course, I was on the train when I was reading the ending…but I sucked it up and held back those tears. Small victories!