Booking Through Thursday: Dog Days

Since my dog is turning 10 today … what animal-related books have you read? Which do you love? Do you have a favorite literary dog? (Snoopy, anyone?)

I can’t think of a favorite literary dog. I rarely read books written from a dog’s perspective, so recommendations are welcome.

But the best animal-related book I’ve ever read is Watership Down, which can be summed up as “bunnies at war”—but it’s so much more. It manages that difficult trick of writing about animals without being tempted to humanize them and make them cute and cuddly. These are rabbits, through and through, trying to make sense of the world around them with their own lapine outlook, and it’s a rollicking adventure yarn to boot.

12 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Dog Days

  1. LOVE Watership Down. That’s how you write animals!

    Black Beauty holds a soft spot in my heart, too. It’s sentimental (in the style of the day), but brutal in its depiction of animal mistreatment. A rollicking read, if you don’t mind some sentimentality.

  2. I really liked Watership Down, too.

    I haven’t read a book from a dog’s POV, either, but my favorite literary dog comes from childhood reading: Tim from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books.

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