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Fifteen Dogs (Paperback)André Alexis (author)
Winner of the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2015
It begins in a bar, like so many strange stories. The gods Hermes and Apollo argue about what would happen if animals had human intelligence, so they make a bet that leads them to grant consciousness and language to a group of dogs staying overnight at a veterinary clinic.
Suddenly capable of complex thought, the dogs escape and become a pack. They are 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 unfamiliar territory, 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.
Engaging and strange, full of unexpected insights into human and canine minds, this contemporary take on the apologue is the most extraordinary book you'll read this year.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 125 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm
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“Makes you think”
The whole concept of this book is unique and unusual. Two gods Hermes and Apollo make a bet and bestow onto fifteen dogs the intelligence and consciousness of humans, which could really end in any way.
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“An interesting read”
As someone who works with dogs I enjoyed elements of this book. The insights into the world of scents made me think of my own dogs, and what's going through their heads, however I didn't enjoy the overall... More
“Assesses the human complex with surprising clarity and tenderness”
What good story does not start in a bar with a drunken wager?
First impressions were good, the artwork is simple yet detailed. The blurb was, to me, reminiscent of Animal Farm in that they both explore human nature... More
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