Thursday, January 16, 2014

Writers and their pets: test your knowledge

I recently went into The Guardian's “authors and their pets” quiz with a lot of hubris but came out with a woefully poor score. My “educated guesses” often came down to two choices, and I picked the wrong one. (I did get the Colette answer, thankfully, due to the two shelves of tomes by and about her that occupy one of my bookshelves.) “The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.” So wrote one of the biggest cat fanatics who ever lived. I think Colette would have been honored to have people believe she was a cat in a past life. She certainly had the requisite lion's mane of hair! Let us know how you do. And in the meanwhile, here are a few more lovely images of authors with their cats.
“One cat just leads to another.” (Check out the Unabridged Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library!)
“If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.”—Doris Lessing

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”—Mark Twain


  1. 7 out of 10, not so bad. I can't believe Doris Lessing at one point in time had 40 cats, seems a bit excessive.

    1. I thought so too, which is why I picked the lesser number!! She wrote a book about some of her cats at one point. Colette probably did too, come to think of it. Anyway, I am impressed by your score and your wide-ranging knowledge.

    2. 6 out of 10, and that was styled a catastrophe! Do I know a tiger from a tabby? No, and neither do the felines! I can feed my cat any treat, and he still prefers what he "finds" around the house. Hunting makes the best sauce.
      (I underestimated Colette's collection, too)!

    3. Where's my head? I meant Lessing's brood. (sigh!)