Dog and/or cat?
Hi everyone, really enjoyed our discussion earlier, I’ve found a few things that pertain to what we talked about regarding whether the Ibrahims get a cat or a dog.
These two articles date from 2011, and they both mention that The Familiar will be about a “12 year old girl who finds a kitten.”
Then again, maybe Danielewski changed his mind in the meantime. Or perhaps they get a dog, but happen to also find a cat? Considering the book contains elements of the supernatural, is it possible that the animal could actually be some sort of nightmarish cat/dog combination (Though probably a bit more terrifying than that ‘CatDog’ cartoon that some of you might have watched when you were younger)? At the moment, the combination idea is what I’m leaning towards, especially because I just re-read the blurb and it says “At the very heart, though, is a 12-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous…”
It’s also a bit confusing, because the Guardian article that says the above comment is what he said to an interviewer, but if you click on the link with the quote it takes you here, to a post on an unrelated website, which is about House of Leaves and (funnily enough) its alleged publication on that particular site.
What do you guys think?