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- Print Length: 202 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J90CD7K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
"It's as good as Gulliver's Travels and Kotzwinkle is very close to Jonathan Swift... a masterwork by a WAY-out writer." Readers Syndicate
"Doctor Rat is a fascinating book, full of deeply felt emotion, important ideas, and heartbreaking insights." Charleston Evening Post
"Kotzwinkle is a truly imaginative impresario of the might-almost-be-true and here he spins a new fable on the cyclometered wheels in the laboratory of Doctor Rat. How can you not enjoy Doctor Rat? It teases your conscience with educated wit and versatile improvisation, not to mention the casual flick of a tail about to be cut off." Kirkus Reviews
"A comic triumph... Doctor Rat is thoroughly anthropomorphic, very funny, and not lacking in the bite of truth essential to good satire. " The New Scientist
"Kotzwinkle is always in control. His writing has an eloquent sense of timing and brevity, and his quisling rodent proves to be an ingenious device, one that cleverly wisecracks us into a gut-churning realization of just how self-oriented and inhumane our species really is." Book Letter
"A faint but authentic Blakeian echo in Mr. Kotzwinkle's rage gives the book the voltage necessary to bypass insulating ideas and strike right into the emotions." The Listener --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Sadly, much of this book reads as more fact than fiction. See articles such as "Ten worst laboratories that do animal testing" including John Hopkins and Columbia University mentioned in this book and American Anti-Vivisection Society to see how animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, chimpanzees and mice and rats are used in labs. Also Google Journal of Toxiocology, Journal of Pain and LD50.
On a bright note, a search for "John Hopkins University animal experimentation" pulls up the university's Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) founded in 1981.
At the same time, it's lovely the way the author boldly, deftly and artfully inhabits the minds of a variety of animal characters including a rat, dog, tortoise, elephant, rhino and sloth. A recommended read: There's hope in empathy and art.
I first read this book when I was 12 and it was instrumental in how I developed my personal perspectives, ethics and attitudes about animals, man as and animal and separate from them, and scientific research. 20 years later, I was a research assistant in a biomedical research lab and found myself performing experiments on live animals. Doctor Rat climbed out of the dusty recesses of my memories and sat on my shoulder singing one of his songs encouraging me to chop another tail, to ether another rat...and I quit my position in the lab.
Later that same year, I got the opportunity to speak with William Kotzwinkle. Specifically about Doctor Rat. No one who has read the book except him is surprised that it has the power to change how we see and think about our furred, feathered and scaled fellow travelers on this planet. He was amazed that the book is reprinted and reprinted as each generation discovers the mad Doctor.
Never think you know what to expect. I mean even the Doctor was surprised to find himself being buggered on a filthy mattress in an apartment over a gay bar.
You didn't see that one coming, did you?
To summarize the story; it is about an Animal Revolution against mankind. Every single animal has joined this revolution except for one, Doctor Rat.
Throughout the book the author attempts to give perspectives from both sides (the animals and Doctor Rat's) but the main character (Doctor Rat) is really a character that had been admittedly driven insane by the very beings he has sworn allegiance to.
Animal lovers, political zealots, and anyone with an imagination should enjoy this book.
**Because of some of the language and graphic descriptions contained in this book some people may be turned off. Though that is understandable I still recommend this book.