The Plague Dogs

The Plague Dogs Richard Adams the author of Watership Down creates a lyrical and engrossing tale a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes Snitter and Rowf After being horribly mistreate

Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf.After being horribly mistreated at a government animal research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation and terror of the wilderness Aided only by a fox they call the Tod, the two dogsRichard Adams, the author of Watership Down, creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf.After being horribly mistreated at a government animal research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation and terror of the wilderness Aided only by a fox they call the Tod, the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

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  1. Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946 He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years 1946 48 He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953 2 He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974 Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been a full time author.He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book It took two years to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize in 1972 To date, Adams best known work has sold over 50 million copies world wide, earning him than all his other books put together.As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.

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  1. I hated this book I will never read it again, ever, as long as I live And it absolutely deserves five stars.The Plague Dogs is one of the most visceral, wrenching, emotional reads you ll ever find It follows the fortunes of two dogs, Snitter and Rowf, who escape from a medical testing lab In an attempt to cover up the unnecessary nature of the research done there, the humans running the lab start a media scare about the dogs, claiming that they carry a serious virus which may kill humans In this [...]

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  3. I really enjoy Richard Adams Part of it is his writing he has an excellent style and a definite gift for description When he talks about a place, it is immediately obvious that he s actually been there He uses multiple senses to tell you what a place looks, sounds and smells like, the feeling of the damp earth and the rolling mists, the tastes that seep through the air Not surprising when one is writing a book where a pair of dogs are the primary characters.And that s another reason I like Adams [...]

  4. What s a harangue Well, a harangue, said Mr Powell, it s sort of well, if I make a very intense, excited sort of speech, about animals or something Well, I ve been harangued thoroughly by mr Adams on the subject of scientific experiments on animals not a spoiler Adams is clearly against it, in all circumstances.An author is of course entitled to be passionate about his subject, it s even a desirable trait, and I am a big fan of several of his other novels But with The Plague Dogs he sort of lost [...]

  5. I have to disagree with the reviewer who says this is not realistic I worked in a government lab in California only 2 years ago Things have not changed There are simply organizations and welfare groups that have no actual say in day to day operations of labs It s up to researchers and workers to follow the rules daily, and they always know when the inspections will happen.Also, animal labs do use and buy animals from shelters for experiments Back in 2006 for sure, Ingham County Animal Control i [...]

  6. This is one of my favourite books ever My beat up old copy is one of my prized possessions I m planning on rereading it soon, and I swear, people need to read this book.It s the tale of two dogs who escape from a laboratory that is very happy to use animals in its experiments Whilst escaping, Rowf and Snitter pass through a room that is being used for research into the bubonic plague, and break a petri dish, thus convincing the scientists that these dogs have bubonic plague and are a public hea [...]

  7. I had an argument with a co worker this afternoon This is something I try to avoid at all costs, because usually arguments are tiresome and boring, because neither side is willing to give any ground and mostly just want an excuse to air their own ideas, to hell with listening or hearing what the opposition have to say I can be guilty of that, absolutely, but usually I m willing to hear out an opening line before I realize the other person is an idiot.But, what can I say, I am a terribly earnest [...]

  8. I rarely re visit books that I start and don t complete in one try I am so glad that I received this in a book exchange and returned to the adventures of Snitter and Rowf These two dogs find themselves in a facility that performs various experiments on all manner of animals I won t go into details here, but if you are sensitive to this issue, I would recommend skimming certain portions of the book.Snitter had an owner in his life before the facility and longs to return to this loving environment [...]

  9. Emotionally over wrought and not very well anchored in the reality of research This type of book has lead to people believing all labs just use any animal of any type for prurient vivisection I work in labs and there are no animals not bred for lab use by specialists To compare results the animals must be very limited in their genetic diversity they are not common pet store animals Of course most were mice but there were rats and rabbits in some labs My own work with mice was to create knockout [...]

  10. If you have known me for any period time, you probably know that Watership Down is my all time favorite novel So, you may be surprised to learn that I have just now read The Plague Dogs That s odd, right You would think I would be practically falling over myself to read this, and I did try to, years ago I think I was in high school when I bought my first copy, and I couldn t even finish the first chapter This may have been one of my earliest DNFs.Before I read Watership Down I saw the film as a [...]

  11. I started this book at least ten times before I could read past the first chapter This book will destroy the heart of any animal lover It is the story of two animals that escape from an animal testing lab from the point of view of the animals While the writing can be hard to absorb as Adams tries to show the mental condition of the characters, the tale is well worth the read It seems to me to be a good way to step out of what we know and see the world from a different set of eyes.

  12. 2015 Reading Challenge week 7 Nonhuman characters.Well, that was quite an adventure Not as well done as Adams popular classic, Watership Down, perhaps but still well worth reading Two badly treated dogs, Rowlf and Snitter, escape from Animal Research, Scientific and Experimental lab A.R.S.E gotta love it , in the beautiful English Lake District The dogs have no idea how to survive in the wild but fortunately make friends with a wise fox tod who gives them advice and warnings They band together [...]

  13. Bit of a spoiler following as I am discussing the book, itself, not just the jacket Also, much of the book resembles the animated film, but the ending is entirely different the film stops while the novel keeps going.This novel chronicles medical experimentation in horrific detail It is depressing, as many have said, but what makes it depressing is that it forces the reader to face profoundly shameful things that happen, or have happened, quite frequently, things that we allow or have allowed to [...]

  14. It s not that this isn t a well written, thought provoking book It is both of those things It just isn t the kind of book that I like to read, because it s just tood Too painful Too much for me, with my delicate sensibilities It is, in fact, quite a good book If you like Richard Adams, or if you do not like animal testing and are looking to get emotionally charged up about it, this would be a good book to read If you are extremely sensitive about unreasonable abuse violence to animals, you proba [...]

  15. One of the saddest books I have ever read As an animal lover, especially somone who loves dogs it was very hard to finish but the ending was appropriate and Adams s gift for storytelling helps soften the blow at the end of the journey.It did make me hate scientists for awhile, though.

  16. Prepare your tissues just in case I get always very emotional when it comes to animals so when something happens in a lab that conducts tests on them and the two main canine characters remind me of my own dogs, my eyes get very misty.But let s talk about the structure first The book follows multiple participants on the plot so there are moments in which we follow the two main charaters who are dogs and experience their inner life I wish my dogs could hold meaningful conversations like that but t [...]

  17. There are a lot of things not to like about this book It seems to go against everything your average Eng Lit graduate would consider good writing It s rambling, overwritten, loosely edited and willfully biased It s peppered with gratuitous literary references, weighed down by lengthy passages of leaden political satire, and the whole thing has the slightly ponderous air of the kind of book a retired civil servant would write Which is perhaps appropriate because that s exactly what Adams was when [...]

  18. The Plague DogsI honestly do not know if I should recommend this book or warn people off of it It is a good book but any violence towards dogs, pets in general rubs me the wrong way and this degree of neglect, torture in the name of science etc is extreme Note, the true message is awesome The writing is superb, I have seldom disliked so many characters so violently The plot line is intricate and flawless Bute poor puppies Even the rats got to me and trust me, rats, spiders, mice etc should accor [...]

  19. This is probably the bleakest book I ve read all year It tells the tale of two dogs, Rowf and Snitter, who manage to escape from an animal research facility The experiments that are being carried out at the facility are barbaric and make for tough reading.The damaged past that Rowf and Snitter have faced impacts their current lives too, and Rowf has a deep rooted mistrust of mankind On the other hand, Snitter suffers from some kind of hallucinations or visions, and some of these seem to be stark [...]

  20. This book was a major disappointment after loving Watership Down and Tales From Watership Down.There were a lot of humans in this book It clouded things quite a bit In Watership Down we are taken into a new world because the rabbits are wild and they have their own folk lore, language and interesting little bits of culture In this book, however, the dogs only know man They do not know the wild or nature This keeps the story from truly captivating the reader by bringing him into a different reali [...]

  21. If 1 2 stars were available I d give this book a 2 1 2 instead of 3 star rating It s not that it was all that terribly bad, I just felt that it was incredible average and quite honestly blah in parts From what I have heard, and read myself, I feel that this is definitely the low point in Richard Adams writing.I think that my two main problems with this book are first the amount of space that Adams uses to push his political agenda down the reader s throat While I totally agree that the inhumane [...]

  22. I read this after finishing Watership Down, Adams most famous novel Plague Dogs is darker, angrier, and polemical than Watership Down, but Adams is such a gifted writer that his characters transcend his political purpose While I would recommend Watership Down to everyone, I suspect Plague Dogs would be an ideal book for later adolescents with a tendency to rail against society I enjoyed it at forty three, but it would have consumed me at sixteen If, like me, you felt instant affinity with Fiver [...]

  23. Just a hint when a critic calls a book Grave of the Fireflies with puppies, believe them.Richard Adams, that son of a bitch who put us through bunny hell with Watership Down, is back to torment us with dogs Rowf and Snitter, a big black mutt and a little fox terrier, escape from a science lab where I m not even going to finish that sentence, because you can probably fill in the rest yourself While you cringe, I ll just go fetch another box of tissues because I seem to have run out for some reaso [...]

  24. I couldn t bring myself to finish it Not remotely because of any negative aspect on part of the author Richard Adams is a very fine writer and wrote one of my favourite books of all time, Watership Down but because the suffering of any dog is quite unbearable This is not to say I shut my eyes to it I frequently involve myself in doing what I can to help prevent the horrors of the Dog Meat Trade in SE Asia, which is too terrible to behold and, frankly, one of the greatest stains and crimes that M [...]

  25. This novel shares the same depth of compassion and hope that rendered Watership Down unforgettable Two laboratory dogs embark on a daring escape from the facility that imprisoned them Rowf, angry and bitter, is fiercely protective of small Snitter, whose brain has been compromised but whose heroic streak remains intact Despite everything they ve endured, they both retain the dog s trademark capacity for love and loyalty I approach animal stories with caution because they touch my soul in a visce [...]

  26. Review The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams.For readers who are sensitive to what happens to animals that are used for experiments in a laboratory to find cures for terminal illnesses should not read this book I love animals but I m also one for finding cures for cancer, etc.Richard Adams does a wonderful job when it comes to describing the environmental world around us Sometimes a little too much but his descriptive writing impressed me The book could have been shorter but I still went with the flo [...]

  27. I read this book after reading Watership Down I really enjoyed this book I think that Richard Adams is a great writer I m glad that the dogs make friends with Tod the fox I really feel bad for the dogs when they begin living in the forest, since they have no idea how to live out there Definitely a 5 star book.

  28. Rowf, a big, shaggy, black mongrel dog, and Snitter, a black and white fox terrier, are experimental animals at the Animal Research Station Scientific Experimental A.R.S.E Rowf was born there, but Snitter once had a loving master and a happy home, until his master was struck by a lorry in an accident that Snitter blames himself for The two dogs, living in adjoining pens, have become friends, and share their experiences Rowf is daily nearly drowned in a tank of water, while Snitter has had brain [...]

  29. I listened to the audio, which lost a point cuz I couldn t understand the fox see below This fantastical yet grimly realistic novel was originally published in 1977, in part to counteract the horrible animal experiments done in the name of progress at an infamous laboratory in England The lab in the book is based on a real lab, Lawsen Park a converted farm, also known by the acronym ARSE Animal Research, Scientific Aand Experimental , aka Buttocks hehe I guess this book probably helped bring abo [...]

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