The Plague Dogs
London: Allen Lane, 1977. Wainwright, A. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Fine / Fine. Item #008515
Full brown cloth. xii, 461 pp. B&W illustrations. Some light bumping and age toning to edges of dust jacket, else a fine copy. The third novel from the author of Watership Down. Set in the Lake District, it recounts the adventures of two dogs who escape from an establishment where experiments are carried out on animals for so-called scientific reasons. Once free, they join forces with a fox and attempt to live wild, killing and stealing what they can. Locally, every man's hand is soon against them; and national alarm breaks out when it is learned that they may be carriers of the bubonic plague. As with Adams' other novels, the story can be enjoyed at any level from thrilling narrative to philosophical debate. At the core of this book is the tragic dilemma of dog fleeing man's cruelty yet constrained to rely on man for his survival. In part, the book is an exciting escape story; in part, an impassioned plea for a more sensitive, more responsible attitude towards the whole natural world.