The Plague Dogs [NOOK Book]

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"Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!"
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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 ...
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Overview

"Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!"
THE BOSTON GLOBE
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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Editorial Reviews

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Adams's third novel, published in 1977, is a rewarding but long and difficult listen. Two tortured dogs, Snitter and Rowf, manage to escape from Animal Research, Scientific and Experimental (ARSE), and cause mayhem throughout England's Lake District, surviving in the rugged and hostile yet human-controlled environment. The work is excellently read by Ralph Cosham, who adds several British local dialects—some difficult to understand—to his interpretations of human and animal characters. Overall, this is a witty tale of adventure and longing that suffers somewhat from viscerally brutal descriptions of torture and the lingering effects of vivisection (brain surgery). Along with showing disdain for animal research, Adams also heaps scorn on British politics, governmental obstructionism, bureaucracy, the tabloid press, and at least some British women. Strange poetry and animal "songs" also show up. Recommended with reservations; strictly for adults!—Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307775771
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 164,421
  • File size: 8 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Almost as good as the movie

    Even though the movie brings out the best in the book, the novel shows the poetic mind of Adams. It will leave you addicted to its words, and the tears you shed are unavoidable. This book is sadly neglected by critics. It should be a classic novel, next to its predecessor, Watership Down.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    Truly Heartbreaking

    This book was so good! I loved the dogs! I'd liked reading The Tod's dialouge. It really makes you stop and think, 'What have we done to our world?' This book can make you cry, cheer, or want kick the wall next to you. I highly suggest the movie.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    A Journey That Will Make Your Heart Leap

    I was searching online and somehow stumbled upon this site that told about the video format of this book. But hey, I wanted to read the book first so I did--I had no idea what was coming. This book was really good, but please don't read it if you don't like disturbing stories, cause there are quite a few disturbing moments. Like the part when Snitter follows the girl terrier--- I am not saying anymore. Anyway, I got the video format of this book too (which is disturbing also), but good. I think that the book and movie each show us the pain of losing a loved one, the triumph of feeling free, and the sadness when you realize it wasn't all you ever wanted. CLEARLY WE MUST ALL TRY AND STOP ANIMAL RESEARCH!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    A gripping novel that will surely bring tears to your eyes

    an awesome and grand novel, including the horridness of resurch centers and the pain and suffering that they lay upon animals. This novel makes you want to cheer the characters on, and makes you really think about what people really do to animals in the labs. (Definately not for children!)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    A brilliant book

    I thought this book was excellent. It took a while to get into but I was very glad that I took the trouble to. I don't think I have cried so much over a book before. I think the worst thing is that all the experiments in the book are real and have been done. Read it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2001

    an involving tale from unlikely eyes

    I truly enjoyed this book for it took me away from how I view the world and gave me a dog's perspective in return. I found my self rooting for the dogs instead of the humans and wanting for them a safe home where they would have a true master. A wonderful book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2000

    How animals suffer on human behalf

    This book was also a cartoon video movie that was pretty disturbing. Adams has done a great job of bringing to light a relatively unknown aspect to our roles as consumers and how products and services become available through animal test subjects. For example, on material safety data sheets that accompany chemicals and chemical products, there is toxicity information called 'LD50' and 'TLV',respectively. LD50 stands for Lethal Dose 50%, where a group of test animals is subjected to varying amounts of the chemical in question until such time as 50 % of the test group dies. This then becomes a statistic for use in boundaries of safe use for humans. TLV, Threshold Limit Value, stands for gaseous or vapor exposure of a chemical to a group of test animals and the determination at what concentration such exposure becomes lethal to that chemical. Such toxicity testing is a requirement of both OSHA and EPA (toxic substances control act) regulations. And so it becomes obvious that large amounts of animals are killed for our benefit in all manner of products, from household cleaners to highly volatile chemicals used in polymer chemistry and beyond.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    If you're an animal lover, you're bound to like this one!

    This was the first book that I have read by Richard Adams, and I loved it. The Plague Dogs is a tale based on true facts and events, surrounding the escape of two canine heroes from a research lab. Neither dogs has ever been alone in the world, and now they are left to fend for themselves against some of the earth's strongest creatures, man. This book is also very unique, in that the reader sees the world through the eyes of Snitter and Rowf, the two escapees. The Plague Dogs is a must read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    good book about dogs

    This is another Richard Adams work of art. If you like dogs you'll probably like this book very much. I would have given this book 5 stars but it has some slow points in the story, you have to just stick with it. It is a fun and entertaining read though.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Wonderful

    A story about the suffering of animals at the hands of humans, this book is filled with subtle humour (the name of the research center is "ARSE"!) and brilliant, lovable characters (Snitter is especially charming). The dialogue is astounding, especially the things Snitter says. You won't regret reading this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    Good dogs, good read

    This book had me rooting for the animals, not the humans. It makes you stop and think how really 'savage' mankind can be and how, just maybe, the animals might be the ones with gentle souls. Parts of the story might make you want to put it back on the shelf, but don't give up on it, you will love it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    it is a cool book with action

    it is a cool book with action

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 23, 2013

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    Cool book

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