Fifteen Dogs
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Fifteen Dogs

2015

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Winner: 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

-- 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.

'[Alexis] devises an inventive romp through the nature of humanity in this beautiful, entertaining read … A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized.' -- Kirkus Reviews

'Alexis manages to encapsulate an astonishing range of metaphysical questions in a simple tale about dogs that came to know too much. The result is a delightful juxtaposition of the human and canine conditions, and a narrative that, like just one of the dogs, delights in the twists and turns of the gods' linguistic gift.' -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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CaOOCEL
Description conventions
rda
Dewey Decimal Classification Number
C813/.54
Dewey Decimal Edition Number
23
Distributor
Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),
General Note
Issued as part of the desLibris books collection
LCCN
PR9199.3.A365
LCCN Item number
F53 2015eb
Modifying agency
CaBNVSL
Original cataloging agency
CaOONL
Physical Description | Extent
1 electronic text (171 pages)
Publisher or Distributor Number
CaOOCEL
System Control Number
(CaBNVSL)thg00930085
(OCoLC)909411968
(CaOOCEL)449756
System Details Note
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Transcribing agency
CaOONL
ISBN
978-1-77056-402-2
978-1-55245-305-6
Published in
Ottawa, Ontario
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Access restricted to authorized users and institutions

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dogs fiction intellect animal intelligence allegories consciousness in animals literary

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