Dr. Rat

William Kotzwinkle
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Dr. Rat


This is a surreal sci fi/fantasy novel that carries deep messages about animal rights, war, and genocide. At first it's funny, but quickly becomes very dark in its tale of a hyper-intelligent, yet insane rat that justifies cruel animal testing to the other rats and animals in the lab. Winner of the 1977 World Fantasy Award, it shows its age with its feel of nouveau sci fi that was popular in the late sixties and early seventies. At times it's very boring, with Dr. Rat going over and over his justifications for animal testing. Other times, it's brilliant in how it gets its points across. But overall, the effect is profound.

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