Long download timeRunning Time: 06:05 hrsNarrator: André AlexisPublisher:ECW Press, 2016Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.
Publisher:Coach House Books, 2015Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.
- Author: Alexis, AndréDate:Created2016Summary:
"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.
WINNER OF THE 2015 GILLER PRIZEWINNER OF THE 2015 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZEFINALIST FOR THE 2015 TORONTO BOOK AWARDSGenre:Subject(s): Allegories | Animal intelligence | Consciousness in animals | Dogs | IntellectOriginal Publisher: Coach House BooksLanguage(s): EnglishISBN: 9781770564640Collection(s)/Series: Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 | Canada Reads 2017
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