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Doctor Rat

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If I could level a critique at the novel, it’s Kotzwinkle’s refusal to acknowledge actual scientific progress due to (yes, let’s not mince words) animal experimentation.

When the lab animats (and all the other animals in the world) start rebelling against human domination: “I'm temporarily in command of the microscope stand, fighting off a bunch of swellheaded rabble.Doctor Rat is a cunningly well constructed, heartwrenching, horrible wonderful book told from the point of view of an insane rat, thereby reinforcing my theory that odd povs may add to, rather than detract from, good fiction.

In fact, we have twenty-three blind rats, part of a magnificent new experiment initiated by a very ambitious student, who I’m featuring in this month’s Newsletter. In this grotesque tidbit, American fighter jets dropped canisters of anthrax-causing spiders insects to rain down near unsuspecting Chinese towns! If anyone wants to contribute their own childhood drawings from the era, I would be utterly delighted – please drop me a line using the “Contact” link at the top of the page. All of this is to say, Doctor Rat derives its power from not only the brutality of what unfolds but also the careful integration of both the historical and the imaginary. Also, the whole topic of predator-prey animal relations in an intelligent mixed-animal society has barely been addressed up to now.

We ask that this gets reported to the copyright agency of your country so that we get recognition for it. El cambio de estilo narrativo es tal, que de no ser por el buen hacer de este estadounidense, yo hubiese dudado de ambas obras pertenecieran al mismo autor. There are humans who endure hardships every day as a result of common diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, but there are few effective treatments available to ease their suffering.

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