Plague Dogs


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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.

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Oct 16, 2011

4 and a half stars, actually

Not as good as Watership Down, but brilliant in many ways -- sad and inventive and amazing in it's portrayal of different dialects. This effect can be distracting, however, in how it slows your reading. There are also a few slow scenes involving humans (Digby Driver, especially). These scenes are necessary, for plot reasons, but, in my mind, they lower the chances of a repeat read. Still, all in all, the writing is beautiful, and the two main characters are tragic and sometimes humorous and, in Snitter's case, often surreal. In the end, they are as powerfully realized as any I've encountered in literature.


Dec 3, 2007

Great Tale

Athough "Watership Down" has recieved more press and sales than this novel, I think that this book is entirely an equal to "Watership" and may actually surpass it. Adams is brilliant in depicting the language between the the dogs, and their personality differences. The hopes, struggles, fears and terrors of the dogs are communicated with power to the reader. Most telling is the scene where one of the dogs is submitted to an animal testing facility. You will think differently about animals after reading this engaging tale.


Aug 16, 2007

The Plague Dogs

The story of two dogs who escape from a research center into the barren wilderness of England's Lake District, where they take up company with a wild fox. There are two strong appeals to this book: the fast-paced adventure of these animals fleeing for their lives when the whole world seems to rise up against them; and the wonderful characterization and word play that bring them to life. The two dogs are different as night and day: a large black mongrel that suffered psychological tests by repeated near-drowning yet still tries to hold firm to his belief in man, and a small fox terrier full of humor and wit who was subject to brain-surgery experiments. The mongrel's sober speech and the terrier's wandering hallucinatory nonsense are offset by the language of the fox: a heavy Upper Tyneside dialect known as Geordie. It is the dialogue of these three creatures that gives the story its life: full of pathos, humor and courage.

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