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Garth Stein

Autor/a de The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Sobre l'autor

Garth Stein is the author of Raven Stole the Moon, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. mostra'n més It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children's picture book adaptation (2014) and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. A sudden light made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Andrea Stein

Obres de Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2008) 10,054 exemplars
A Sudden Light (2014) 624 exemplars
Raven Stole the Moon (1998) 314 exemplars
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (2011) — Col·laborador — 123 exemplars
The Art of Racing in the Rain [2019 film] (2019) — Autor — 56 exemplars
Enzo Races in the Rain! (2014) 42 exemplars
The Cloven: Book One (2020) 28 exemplars
Enzo's Very Scary Halloween (2016) 13 exemplars
The Cloven: Book Two (2023) 2 exemplars
Záblesk svetla 1 exemplars

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Stein, Garth
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Los Angeles, California, USA
Llocs de residència
Seattle, Washington, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA (birth)
Columbia University (BA|1987)
documentary filmmaker
Biografia breu
Garth Stein is an American author and film producer from Seattle, Washington. Widely known as the author of the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein is also a documentary film maker, playwright, teacher, and amateur racer.

Stein has worked as a director, producer and/or writer of documentary films, several of which won awards. In 1991, he co-produced an Academy Award winning short film, The Lunch Date. He then co-produced The Last Party, a film commentating on the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Stein also produced and directed a documentary about his sister's brain surgery, entitled When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut.

After films, Stein took up creative writing. At one time, he taught creative writing at Tacoma School of the Arts. His published works include three books and two plays. Brother Jones, his first play, was produced in Los Angeles, California in 2005. Garth wrote another play (No One Calls Me Mutt Anymore, 2010) for the theatrical department at his alma mater, Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA.

Stein's third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (Harper, 2008) became a New York Times bestseller, a #1 BookSense Pick., and winner of a 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

The novel follows the story of Enzo, a race car-obsessed dog who believes he will be reincarnated as a human. While his owner, race car driver Denny Swift, teaches him about the art of racing, most of Enzo's ideas and knowledge— including the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in its next life as a human— come from watching television.

Stein was inspired to write the book after viewing a documentary on Mongolia called State of Dogs and after hearing a reading of the Billy Collins poem "The Revenant," told from a dog's point of view.

The racing experience and insights of the novel's protagonist, Enzo, and his owner Denny are based on Stein's own experience racing cars. Stein moved from New York City to Seattle in 2001 and became involved in "high performance driver education," received his racing license with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), won the points championship in the Northwest Region Spec Miata class in 2004, and left racing after a serious crash — while racing in the rain.



There are a lot of good things in this book. It has some narrative problems, too. Enzo, as the narrator, is probably the most interesting part for me. He's an outsider in large parts of the story, and so he narrates with detailed observations. Sometimes, Stein shows Enzo understanding very well what's going on around him; other times it's an intentional inability to understand that highlights his distance from his human family. It's fun to imagine what a dog might think of just about anything. Enzo's perspective on the story's events and characters ties the whole narrative together.

On the downside, for me, it sometimes felt a bit like watching a movie with the color turned up way too high. The challenges in Denny's life aren't just difficult, they're abysmal. Check off nearly every possible thing that could go wrong, and it does. Then, in a too-sudden turn at the end, he finally achieves resolution and rides off into the sunset. After the trials he went through, I don't object to the happy ending. I just wish it had been foreshadowed more effectively and tied into the story more closely as it developed. As it was, it felt like it just dropped in out of the sky at the end, and I couldn't enjoy it the way I really wanted to.
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daplz | Hi ha 590 ressenyes més | Apr 7, 2024 |
Enzo, the dog, and his owner Denny have a special bond. Enzo dreams of becoming a human in his second life. He understands human behavior and learns about many things by watching tv when left at home alone. This is a really good story about Enzo?s faith in Denny and Enzo?s support to him during his years of dealing with the many obstacles that are placed before him.
bentstoker | Hi ha 590 ressenyes més | Jan 26, 2024 |
I've avoided reading this book for years despite so many people telling me that they enjoyed it. I saw the dog on the cover and pictured something that just wouldn't work for me since I'm not a huge pet person and am pretty indifferent to dogs overall.

I found it to be a charming POV and a nice little page turner. Easy to read and perfect to read as I was traveling.

A good start to the new year.
hmonkeyreads | Hi ha 590 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |



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