Thursday, July 7, 2011
Booking Through Thursday: Animal Books
I have not really read many animal-related books as an adult, but I can remember reading Black Stallion, Black Beauty, Charlotte's Web, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a child.
Perhaps one of my favorite literary dogs would be Rochester's dog in the book Jane Eyre since he is instrumental in their first meeting. Additionally, in a related book, The Jane Eyre Affair, the main character has a pet dodo who basically behaves like a dog.
Like many blog posts I have read, I tend to stay away from books about dogs because they usually end with the dog dying.
On a related note, I teach an online Intro to Lit class and my students just finished reading "The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov and the version by Joyce Carol Oates. Of course, in both versions of this story, the dog plays a fairly minor role.