The Plague Dogs

The Plague Dogs

by Richard Adams

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The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101970690
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 150,792
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Adams is the author of many bestselling novels, including Watership Down (1974), Shardik (1976), The Plague Dogs (1978), The Girl in a Swing (1980), Maia (1985), and Traveller (1988), as well as several works of nonfiction, including his autobiographical The Day Gone By (1991). The winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for Children’s Literature, he currently lives in Hampshire, England.

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Plague Dogs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
WingedWolf on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Heart-rending, enraging, and, dare I say, depressing...but extraordinary. Two dogs escape from a mental health research facility, and attempt to survive. The original depressing ending has been replaced by Adams by request of his fans, in favor of one that offers more hope.
osmium_antidote on LibraryThing 8 days ago
This is another of the books from my daughter's reading list discard pile that I appropriated. I once attended a writing class where the most sage advice was - know when to stop. While the plot was interesting and the characters endearing, Mr. Adams simply did not know where to stop when describing things. Also, the ending was simply too contrived.
banshea on LibraryThing 14 days ago
In many ways this book is a poor return to Watership Down. The characters seem extremely familiar to readers of Adams' earlier masterpiece. However, unlike Watership Down, this book comes across as overtly preachy in its handling of social issues and animal welfare. Adams' also includes some rather arrogant self-referencing, and it seemed like he had decided to craft a suitably depressing ending for a depressing book, then at the last minute changed his mind and pulled out one of the biggest deus ex machinas in the history of literature. I think I'll stick with Watership Down, thanks.
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mayabella More than 1 year ago
it is a cool book with action
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