Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

An Apologue

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

WINNER OF THE 2015 GILLER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE 2015 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE 2015 TORONTO BOOK AWARDS
 

- I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

-I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals - any animal you like - would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferringthe old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.

Andr#65533; Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.

Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781770564640
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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spiderfelt_0
Mar 09, 2017

There were several aspects of this book that kept me reading, though I'm not compelled to recommend it with any sort of passionate outpouring. It would make a good bookclub read, if a group enjoyed existential discussions about the meaning of life and definitions of love. The author didn't adequately explore the premise as language only changed the outlook of two dogs, the rest rejected human language or were killed by those who did. #canadareads

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