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Fifteen Dogs

by André Alexis
André Alexis

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— 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, preferring the 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.

André 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.


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Publisher: Coach House Books
Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781770564640
  • File size: 183851 KB
  • Release date: April 25, 2016
  • Duration: 06:22:07

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  • ISBN: 9781770564640
  • File size: 183639 KB
  • Release date: April 25, 2016
  • Duration: 06:22:06
  • Number of parts: 6

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— 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, preferring the 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.

André 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.


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Coach House Books
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781770564640
    File size: 183851 KB
    Release date: April 25, 2016
    Duration: 06:22:07

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781770564640
    File size: 183639 KB
    Release date: April 25, 2016
    Duration: 06:22:06
    Number of parts: 6

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  • Formats
    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    MP3 audiobook
  • Languages
    English