The novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein is a tale that takes you on an unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes and nose of a dog. The novel features many plot twists, references to natural and supernatural, interesting characters and is set in Whidbey Island, United States. This story is about a dog, Enzo, who is different from other dogs; he is a philosopher and an observer of humans. The major themes that have been discussed thoroughly in this novel include, facing the dark fears, a non-human’s perspective of human and society, and being optimistic towards death and dying.
Firstly, one very important and recurrent theme that has been discussed in the book is facing our darkest fears in order to overcome them. For Enzo, it is a stuffed zebra that personifies evil intent. Also, in the book Don said, “there is no dishonor in losing the race, there is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” The significance of this quote is that it makes an individual realize that one fails when the task is not begun. If an individual is afraid of failure and continues on this detrimental path, nothing would be accomplished. Hence conveying the message that facing your fear and giving everything a try is very important to succeed in life.
In addition, a dog, Enzo, who is aware of the fact that he is different from other dogs, narrates the story. Enzo is a philosopher with a virtually human soul, he has educated himself enough by watching television extensively, and by listening very attentively to the words of his master, Denny Swift, a race car driver. Enzo has always felt humanly. As it is quoted in the book “I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs. Sure, I’m … the shell. It’s what’s inside that’s important. The soul. And my soul is very human”. (Garth Stein, 2008). This quote describes the significance of Enzo’s character in the...
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