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The Art Of Racing In The Rain Is Brutally Beautiful

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The Art Of Racing In The Rain Is Brutally Beautiful  
The Art Of Racing In The Rain Is Brutally Beautiful

I admit I wasn’t looking forward too much to reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, mostly because of the kid-centric ad campaign for the movie in 2019 which made it look cheesy. Even when I first cracked the book open, I didn’t exactly fly through it. Using the dog as the narrator was to me an odd choice, awkward even for a while, and I love dogs.

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I always read multiple books simultaneously (a habit I picked up long ago that seems to unnerve some people) and I finished several before this one hooked me. But when I realized it wasn’t in fact a low-rent Marley and Me with a motorsports flair, I got to the heart of the narrative and was moved deeply by Garth Stein’s story.

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Apparently, there are people who mistakenly believe The Art of Racing in the Rain is a novel for kids – it absolutely isn’t. That’s caused some controversy, but if parents would actually read the book before handing it over to junior, they’d learn firsthand it’s like nature itself: breathtakingly beautiful and viscerally brutal simultaneously.