The Art of Racing in the Rain - Book Review

by Patti
(Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

The appeal of Garth Stein's "The Art of Racing in the Rain" cuts across age and gender.


The irresistible story is told in the form of a memoir by a dog who, after watching a program on television about how dogs in Mongolia die and eventually return as human, believes he would make an excellent man.

Throughout the story, the dog observes the human condition and questions much of it, opening up many questions up for its readers.

The philosophizing dog tells the story of his owner, an aspiring race car driver, and the adored daughter of the owner. Throughout it all, the dog never waivers in his loyalty and devotion.

Note from Megan, editor of The Book Club Guide

Thanks for bringing this book to our attention, Patti. Great review!

Some questions that come to mind for book club discussion include:


  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How does this book portray the idea of reincarnation?
  • How is this book shaped by the narrator's unique perspective?


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