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May 25, 2011

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I loved this book, though I put off reading it for a long time because of a fear about what would happen to the dog. I've found that 99 times out of 100, pets are introduced into novels and films in order to be killed off to make some point about Bad Luck or the psychopathy of a villain. I'm glad I took the risk with 'Niki', though: sad and perceptive and unsentimental, and spot-on about the physicality of dogs.

I said a while back how frightening your erudition is, and this isn't making me feel any less scared.

You're right about the fictional role of pets - a way of doing death without killing off a real person. To some extent, this is also true in life: see Sam Leith's book "Dead Pets".

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