2010-11-22

The art of racing in the rain

Many people have recommended that I read this book. And I have. And it turned out not all it was cracked up to be.

Not very deep. Just your regular sobby novel that throws road racing jargon left and right without a deep understanding. Probably enough to fool an occasional Sunday driver.

Turns out the author got into track driving at some point, and sitting around over beers bench racing he got an idea for the novel.

Now don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's fairly solid, just very shallow. And really not about racing. Driving and racing is only used as a metaphor and a weak backdrop.

Kinda disappointing.

2 comments:

  1. I agree with you. I thought it was well-enough written, and being written from the dog's perspective was a nice twist (dogs, of course, are known to be excellent observers of human behavior) but not a really *amazing* twist or anything. Mostly I thought it was kind of depressing, as one bad thing after another befalls Denny. And of course there wasn't much racing in it.

    I think you can maybe view Denny's actions in his life through the same prism used to view his driving- be cool and consistent, don't make sudden changes, but pounce on opportunities when they arise; I would have to check that idea against the book again, but it matches my recollection. That would give it another level, sort of, which would be something.

    But in the end, it was still a depressing book with not a lot of car stuff in it. As I don't really care for depressing stories (call me shallow) I will probably not read it again to check my theory.

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  2. Yeah, I found it pointlessly depressing, almost like a soap opera, where you wonder when the suffering is going to end. And then, at the end, like a Deus ex Machina, Luca (?) swoops in and everything ends well. Even the dog gets his wish.

    You do have a point there with Denny's driving and life decisions having strong parallels, being consistent and patient, but for a while I could not help but shake my head at how he let life to just happen to him. Other people forcing their will on him--very much unlike in races.

    Also, for the life of me, I can't figure out what racing in the rain has to do with any of that! :)

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