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This week’s topic is Bookish Pet Peeves but, since I don’t have many of those, I decided to truncate the topic title and bring you ten Bookish Pets instead. By the way, it was raining ‘cats and dogs’ here while I was compiling this list…
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – ‘Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he’s going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru.’
Flush by Virginia Woolf – The author’s ‘biography’ of Flush, the English cocker spaniel who belonged to the nineteenth-century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The Writer’s Cats by Muriel Barbery – ‘What a mysterious, confounding thing is a writer! Yet, spend a little time with the writer’s cats and one might just understand her better.’
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – ‘Had the dogs not taken exception to the strange van parked in the royal grounds, the Queen might never have learnt of the Westminster travelling library’s weekly visits to the palace.’
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot – Young Herriot takes up his calling and discovers the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire. Some visits are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot’s periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery.
Together by Luke Adam Hawker – ‘Using the metaphor of a monumental storm, we follow a man and his dog through the uncertainty and change that it brings to their lives.’
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez – ‘When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind.’
99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai – ‘Twelve-year-old Marwand’s memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago centre on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family’s compound in Logar.’
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – ‘It was very near, but not yet in sight; when, in addition to the tramp, tramp, I heard a rush under the hedge, and close down by the hazel stems glided a great dog, whose black and white colour made him a distinct object against the trees.’ (Pilot)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – ‘Two cocker spaniels came from the fireside to greet us. They pawed at Maxim, their long, silken ears strained back with affection, their noses questing his hands… One was the mother, blind in one eye, and soon she had enough of me, and took herself with a grunt to the fire again, but Jasper, the younger, put his nose in my hand, and laid a chin upon my knee, his eyes deep with meaning, his tail a-thump when I stroked his silken ears.’