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The Plague Dogs

A Novel

Adams, Richard, 1920-

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Plague Dogs
Random House, Inc.
"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.

Baker & Taylor
A large black mongrel named Rowf and a white terrier named Snitter escape from an animal experiment center in England's Lake District and, aided by a cunning fox, learn to live on their own, until rumors of slaughtered sheep and bubonic plague-carrying dogs transform them into fugitives. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2007, c1977
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780345494023
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: xvi, 390 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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amazing movie hope the books just as good

Feb 14, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enjoy may not be the right word to use to describe this book as it deals with a very dark subject - the experimentation on animals by commercial, scientific and governmental groups. the dogs Rowf and Snitter are two such animals and by pure chance they are able to escape. The book follows their foray into the unknown countryside and their desperate quest to remain alive, all the while pursued relentlessly by the authorities. Adams' writing is very descriptive and his treatment of the conversations between the two dogs is simply captivating. I had a bit of difficulty with the very broad dialects of the local inhabitants but it was not a real deterant to understanding what was going on. The sections on the interaction of various governmentsl agencies was very reminiscent of Terry Fallis and his satires on the Canadian government and its ponderousness and ability to take a hundred words to say nothing. The story is gruesome so be prepared, but if you can get past that, the writing and the pace will keep you reading.

This book is definitely NOT for children. The video has a PG-13 rating which I would have to question. While it has cuddly animated dogs on the DVD case, as an adult, I quit watching after the second human death which resulted from interaction with a dog. Sick!

I don't know how graphic the book is, but I would suggest that parents read it first, and then make a judgement on how suitable it is for their own children.


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Two laboratory dogs escape from a research centre. Told from the dogs point of view.


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