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Hare Sitting Up by Michael Innes

Hare Sitting Up (original 1959; edition 1964)

by Michael Innes (Author)

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Title:Hare Sitting Up
Authors:Michael Innes (Author)
Info:Penguin Books
Collections:Lifetime reading, Read 2010-2019, Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, mystery, Scottish, 1950s fiction, read in 2012, Mystery of the Year, pppp, mmmm

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Hare Sitting Up by Michael Innes (1959)



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"You yourself, don't you find it a beautiful clean thought, a world empty of people, just uninterrupted grass, and a hare sitting up?" D.H. Lawrence Women in Love

The title is taken from this quote, spoken by the character Birkin in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love. He dreams of a world free of humanity, but the point being made here is not so much about the dream as the dreamer. For what if someone actually had this dream, and felt it strongly enough to act? When D.H. Lawrence created his character such speculation was idle, but by 1959, when Michael Innes wrote this book, scientists were developing means that could be used to bring it about. The reference is not to nuclear weapons, which would kill all life indiscriminately, but to biological ones, which could wipe out humans, leaving the world safe for all other species. Of course, a person who desired such a thing would be mad. But Michael Innes has one of his characters reflect on how odd it is "that a madman and his fantasies should be so perfectly symbolical of the whole drive of civilization today."
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    A top level scientist has disappeared, possibly with a devastatingly deadly serum in his pocket. Has he been kidnapped, or defected to the enemy, or is he simply mad and plotting the extermination of the entire human race? The authors other books include "A Staircase in Surrey".

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