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The art of racing in the rain book report

What makes the novel unique is that the narrator is a dog named Enzo. It just so happens that Enzo is extremely intelligent and perceptive. In fact, Enzo's thought processes are very much like those of his owner, Denny Swift.

Denny Swift is an aspiring race car driver whose dreams of Formula One glory consume all of Denny's energy and focus. Denny and Enzo are best friends from the moment Denny brings Enzo home from the puppy farm in Spangle, Washington until the last few seconds of Enzo's life.

The Art of Racing in the Rain Summary

The novel is a love story, a story of speed and emotion, change and acceptance - all told through the eyes of a very astute canine. The novel begins at the end of Enzo's life.

  • He's preparing himself and his master Denny for their ultimate goodbye;
  • Enzo loves television, especially the educational aspects of The Weather Channel;
  • Well, he can't say anything, anyway, but he especially can't say anything to help;
  • When he is racing, he is gone for days; then he returns, often with trophies;
  • Denny and Enzo fall asleep, and Enzo awakes to see Annika at the foot of Denny's bed taking Denny's pants off, and Enzo tells the reader that what she did must have been without Denny's consent.

He is looking back at some of the most critical moments of his existence as a dog and philosophizing about what he has learned on his journey so far. Enzo is old and ill but his spirits are buoyed by the lovely memories he has collected along the way. And even though he is accepting that his time is near, Enzo is nonetheless disappointed that he cannot take his memories into the next life with him.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Enzo is convinced that he will be reincarnated as a man, with thumbs. Being a man is Enzo's ultimate dream and there is nothing more important to Enzo than leaving this life and beginning the next life as smoothly and as soon as possible.

  • Enzo is old and ill but his spirits are buoyed by the lovely memories he has collected along the way;
  • A month after they return to Seattle, Eve dies;
  • He takes us on a tour of his whole life, from living the bachelor life with Denny in a small apartment to meeting Eve and learning to share Denny with her;
  • A month after they return to Seattle, Eve dies;
  • From that time on, Denny leaves the TV on for Enzo during the day, and Enzo's education truly begins.

Enzo narration of the story of their lives features several philosophical monologues in which Enzo uses racing as a metaphor for life. Enzo has learned everything he knows from Denny Swift. Denny hopes to be a champion Formula One someday and Enzo shares this dream.

  1. This section contains 452 words approx. Maxwell and Trish believe they can provide a better life for their granddaughter, and they see Denny as irresponsible, given his unreliable racing schedule and his low-paying job working at a car shop.
  2. Whereas other cars racing on the wet track will skid, Denny drives as if his car is magically void of the raindrops. When Denny gets home he gives Enzo a bath, cleans up the mess, and calls Mike, his friend and coworker, and asks him to cover for him the next day so he can take Enzo to the vet.
  3. Enzo tried to love her, but resented her for coming between himself and Denny. After Denny lays down some hot laps, wowing the students and Enzo, Luca offers Denny a job testing cars and teaching for Ferrari in Italy.
  4. On the third day, Tony receives a phone call that something is happening, and he and Enzo rush to the courthouse.
  5. Well, he can't say anything, anyway, but he especially can't say anything to help.

One of the most valuable skills that a race driver can have is the ability to win a race in the rain. Enzo loves television, especially the educational aspects of The Weather Channel. Enzo thinks deeply about the world and his understanding of the truly important aspects of life makes his point of view both refreshing and illuminating.

  1. This section contains 452 words approx. The five-hour drive takes ten due to the weather, and Annika decides to stay with Denny that night.
  2. Denny works in an auto shop when he is not competing in races.
  3. Denny returned the next day and shares that another driver on his team crashed their car and he never even got to drive.
  4. She begins experiencing sporadic episodes of migraines, nausea, and mood swings.

Enzo comes to enjoy his role as protector and confidant to the little family until Eve suddenly becomes ill. Enzo watches as Denny's entire world is turned upside down and he stands to lose everything. Through everything that happens to Denny and his family, Enzo is the observant witness who shares his perspective with the reader while telling the story of his journey with his best friend.

  • Denny declines, saying he can't leave the state, and Luca says the job will stay open until Denny is ready;
  • Denny hopes to be a champion Formula One someday and Enzo shares this dream;
  • Denny rushes her to the emergency room where they discover a large mass in her brain;
  • Denny is especially gifted when it comes to racing in the rain;
  • He spends the rest of his life trying to be as human as possible to prepare for his next life as a human.

This section contains 452 words approx.