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The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams

The Plague Dogs (edition 1978)

by Richard Adams

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Title:The Plague Dogs
Authors:Richard Adams
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (1978), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover, 389 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, SciFi Fantasy
Tags:science, experiments, dogs

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I remember feeling shocked and appalled at animal experimentation when I read this many years ago. That feeling has stayed with me. ( )
  .cris | May 31, 2016 |
Facing the blistering starkness of the wild, these two escape into the terror of having to face brutal reality... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Band on the run. Classic mis-matched dogs escape from lab. I still enjoyed it. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Was expecting this book to be a lot more serious than it actually was, considering its subject matter. At the beginning when I saw the A.R.S.E. abbreviation I couldn't help but wonder if it was an unfortunate accident.

Adams was obviously very well-read. Loads of obscure literary references, including himself. I especially appreciated the Lord of the Rings reference.

Wasn't sure what to think of his reference to himself, couldn't help but think bits of the text were a bit of an author soap box about animal testing.

Preferred the bits about people, like Dr Boycott, Powell and Digby Driver, took a while to enjoy the dogs' bits.

Ending felt a bit contrived but in a way I preferred a happy ending to the alternative. ( )
  ClicksClan | Dec 10, 2014 |
somewhat plodding, but still a good read, magnificent illustrations, wonderful ending ( )
  Judebird | Sep 18, 2014 |
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Butler, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piet EggenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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QUEEN: I will try the forces

Of these thy compounds on such creatures as

We count not worth the hanging, but none human . . .

CORNELIUS: Your Highness

Shall from this practice but make hard your heart.

--Shakespeare, Cymbeline
There is in this passage nothing that much requires a note, yet I cannot forbear to push it forward into observation. The thought would probably have been more amplified, had our author lived to be shocked with such experiments as have been published in later times, by a race of men that have practised tortures without pity, and related them without shame, and are yet suffered to erect their heads among human beings.

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With the same warm sensitivity that made a bestseller of Watership Down, Richard Adams creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf, fugitives from the horrors of the animal research center.

The escape from man's cruelty is only the beginning of their chilling experiences as the flee to the isolation - and terror - of the wilderness.

First, they strike an unlikely bargain with a fox who will teach them to live by instinct alone if they agree to hunt with him. Then they find enemies springing up all around them - excitement seekers of all kinds - incited by an ambitious young reporter who calls the dogs carriers of a deadly plague.
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"Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!"
A lyrical, engrossing tale, by the author of WATERSHIP DOWN, Richard Adams creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf, fugitives from the horrors of an animal research center who escape into the isolation--and terror--of the wilderness.

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A large black mongrel named Rowf and a white terrier named Snitter escape from an animal experiment center in England's Lake District and may be carriers of bubonic plague.

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