The Art of Racing in the Rain is, by far, the best book I have ever read. The story takes place in Seattle, Washington. It is told completely through a dog’s eyes. This special dog, Enzo, is adopted from a small farm in Washington when he is just a puppy. His view of life is interesting; Enzo only has gestures. He cannot communicate like humans can. Life is very humble and simple through the eyes of a dog.
Enzo’s beloved owner, Denny, is a very talented racecar driver and works at a high-end car garage. Halfway through Enzo’s life, Denny marries a woman named Eve. Denny and Eve have a child named Zoe. Just when life seems to be perfect, Enzo senses that there is something wrong with Eve. As it turns out, she has brain cancer. After six months, Eve passes away.
Eve’s passing is only the beginning for Denny. He is already in a custody battle for Zoe, with Eve’s parents. In addition to that, Denny is being charged for felony rape, a crime he did not commit; a misunderstanding.
After a rough year of court dates, the charges are dropped, and Denny receives full custody of Zoe. Right before Enzo’s tenth birthday, a car hits him, and his health is declining rapidly. The book ends with Enzo’s death, which really hits hard. Denny moves to Italy with Zoe, and takes a job test-driving Ferraris; this leads to Denny being a Formula One champion driver. Coincidently, at the very end of the book, Denny meets an aspiring racecar driver named Enzo.
The Art of Racing in the Rain includes characters and incidents that link to many different ethical theories. To begin with, Denny shows virtue and character ethics throughout the whole story. He supports his family through both triumph and defeat, from taking care of his family leading up to Eve’s death, to fighting for his family to have a better life. Denny is focused on bettering himself for his family – his purpose.
Next, a couple characters show ethical egoism. Both Denny, and Eve’s parents are selfish in wanting custody of Zoe. Even though Denny may not be able to provide the “ideal” life for Zoe, Denny has a reason to want Zoe; after all, she is his daughter. Denny possesses the important trait of compassion that David Hume...