The Plague Dogs

The Plague Dogs

Book - 1978
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Publisher: Harmondsworth [etc.] : Penguin, 1978.
ISBN: 9780140050004
0140050000
Branch Call Number: LPLC890330155023
Characteristics: xiii, 461 p. :,ill., maps ;,19 cm.

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IV27HUjg
Apr 22, 2015

Second reading 15 years apart. Dialect can be difficult, worthy subject of animal research use & misuse. It helps to favor talking animals & their possible point of view - also helps to know terrain of Lakes District for visualization. An all time favorite of min.

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unownshadowdude
Mar 26, 2014

amazing movie hope the books just as good

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GLNovak
Feb 14, 2014

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.

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seattleczar
Apr 22, 2012

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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seattleczar
Apr 22, 2012

seattleczar thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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

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