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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein


“Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature”
This captivating and moving story is all about Enzo and his struggles to bring his family back together when they almost fell apart. A dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart tugging storyline and best of all the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair. Have you ever looked at a dog and wondered whether there might be more to him that meets the eye? Well, Enzo is different from other dogs, he is almost human. With life’s unexpected twists and turns, he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast.
As he is giving his life, he remembers what he and his beloved family have been through. As Enzo heads into the light, hoping fervently to return as a smooth skinned man, he knows that for him at least the race to save his family has been won. This book has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger. The old soul of Enzo has much to tell and teach us about being human. This story is actually about gaining custody of Enzo’s master Denny Swift’s daughter Zöe from her manipulative grandparents after the painful loss of Denny’s wife Eve.
At last, the charges applied to Denny were dropped. It was a miracle that the troublemaker herself recanted. Within 48 hours, Denny got back the custody of his daughter Zöe. They were back again but, Enzo’s leaving them, his body, and this whole world to come back as an human.

Hope you will look forward for the book!!

Reviwed by Poorna Jayalal

Garth Stein

Garth Stein is an American author and film producer from SeattleWashington. Widely known as the author of the New York Times bestselling 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 writer of documentary films, several of which won awards.

Garth Stein was born in Los Angeles on December 6, 1964, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Seattle. 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.

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Huckleberry Finn: The Adventurer

DSC06309This book is like a diary of Huckleberry Finn and has  43 chapters and 232 pages. It’s also a novel by famous  Mark Twain- the author of the book.

If you want to know the story of this book… then you have to definitely read the story written below….. 
The book is something like this –
There was a child named Huckleberry Finn who was adopted by a widow Douglas and Miss Watson. One day a thought came to Huck’s mind that one day somebody would come and take all the Huck’s money so he went to Judge Thatcher, with  whom  invested his money.   As he thought, in  the evening itself  his pap  who was always drunk,   came to Huck after visiting Judge Thatcher and forced him to hand over the dollars which he had got and threatened  that he had  to give money by  next day.    He  came  to Huck the next morning asking  money, but  Huck did  not give him any money.  His pap captivated  him into a log cabin. At first  Huck enjoyed  the cabin life, but he decided  to escape.
He set  a  campfire in a forest and after three or four days,  he met  Jim (Miss Watson’s nigger).  They became good companies to one another and they enjoyed  a lot.  While  Huck and Jim lived in the island, the river rose  significantly.  At one point, a  house floated  past them,  as they stood near the shore. Huck and Jim climbed  aboard the house  to see any useable thing inside , but found  a dead man lay on one  corner.   Jim went  over to inspect the body but Huck stayed back.    At a particular moment  they are separated.  He was invited to live with the Grangerfords, there  Huck was treated well.  Afterwards  he  discovered  Jim, hiding in a nearby swamp.  Everything was  peaceful   until the Grangerford’s and the Shepherdson’s had started cross firing.  Grangerford’s  family was perished  in the firing.  Huck  and Jim resumed journey  in a raft downstream.
 Downstream, Huck rescued two humbugs known as the Duke and the King.  Immediately, the two men too control of the raft and started  to travel, making money by cheating people in various towns along the river. They learned about  large inheritance meant for three recently orphaned girls. To steal their  money, the men pretended  to be the uncles of the  orphaned girls.  The girls are so happy to see their “uncles” . Huck decides to protect the girls  from the  men’s will. Huck  stole  the large bag of gold. He hid the gold in Peter Wilk’s (the girl’s father) coffin. Huck confessed  the entire story to Mary Jane and she was  hurt, but was with Huck.  She left  the house so that Huck could escape from there.  Right  after Mary Jane left,  the real Wilks uncles arrived  in town. However, because they lost their baggage on their voyage,  unable to prove their identities. Thus, they have a quarrel and the rapscallions manage to escape and rejoined the raft.
Further downstream, the King and Duke sold  Jim into slavery, claiming he is a runaway nigger  from  Orleans. Huck decided to rescue Jim, and daringly walks up to the house where Jim was kept. Luckily, the house was  owned by Tom Sawyer’s Aunt Sally. Huck immediately pretended  to be Tom. When the real Tom arrived, he pretended  to be his younger brother, Sid Swayer. Together, he and Huck contrive a plan to help Jim escape from his slavery, After a great deal of planning, the boys , one night collected  Jim and ran away. Huck, Jim, and Tom managed to escape, but Tom was shot in the leg by a group of farmers.  Huck met  a doctor, whom he sent to Tom . The doctor returned  with Tom and Jim. Jim is treated badly by Aunt Sally’s family,   until the doctor described  how Jim helped him to take care of the boy.  The doctor demanded to  let Jim free.
At this point, Aunt Polly (mom of  Tom Swayer) came.  She realized something was  wrong after her sister wrote to her that both Tom and Sid had arrived.  Aunt Polly told  them that Jim was indeed a free man, because Miss Watson had passed away and freed him. Huck and Tom give Jim forty dollars for being such a good prisoner.   After all this Huck thought about him telling that “I have got no money, because its likely pap’s been there before now, and got it all away from Judge Thatcher and drunk it up.” 

Jim  revealed  to Huck that the man in the floating house was his pap!! . Huck said  in  the novel stating  that he would never have undertaken the task of writing out his story in a book, had he known it would take so long to complete

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Mark Twain

mark-twainSamuel Langhorne Clemens , better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Swayer  (1876) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(1885), the latter often called “The American Novel.” Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virgina City, Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story,” The Jumping Frog of Calaveras City,” was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Must Read

DSC06309“You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of  The Adventures of Tom Swayer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he  told the truth, mainly.”

Unfortunately, this book is also made by Mark Twain. The characters are Huckleberry Finn, Jim, Tom Swayer, The Duke and The King, Pap, The Widow Douglas, Miss Watson, The Grangerfords, Buck Grangerford, Aunt Polly, Silas and Sally Phelps, The Sepherdsons, Colonel Sherburn and Boggs, Judge Thatcher and The Wilks Family.

The book is narrated by Huck Finn (Huckleberry Finn) who is only able to say seven times five thirty five, and he has got some money by stealing or robbery something like that in the book by the name The  Adventures of Tom Swayer of which he is telling about in the first line in this book.   In this book also there is stealing, robbery, killing, run away from home etc etc. This book is very interesting, and I recommend everybody to read this book and enjoy…..

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