Friday, January 7, 2011

Top 10 talking animals in literature

Cornelius Medvei's debut novel Mr. Thundermug features an ape who acquires the art of speech. In his second book, Caroline: A Mystery, a man's life is turned upside down when he meets a donkey called Caroline.

At the Guardian Medvei named his top ten talking animals in literature. One entry on the list:
Eeyore (Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne)

Like many of the other characters in these two books, Eeyore is a slightly dysfunctional human adult masquerading as an animal. I always enjoy his relentless pessimism and heavy sarcasm: he is so extravagantly gloomy that even as a child, encountering him for the first time, you know not to take him seriously.
Read about the other talking animals on the list.

is a book that Walter Mosley hopes parents will read to their children.

--Marshal Zeringue