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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 05/11/2015
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Winner of the Giller Prize 2015 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
ISBN: 9781781255582
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Spry... Impressive... I loved this smart, exuberant fantasy from start to finish -- Jonathan Gibbs * Guardian *
An elegant cross-breed of magical realism, moral fable, owner's handbook and philosophical treatise -- Frances Wilson * New Statesman Books of the Year *
Alexis excels at sparking drama from collisions between the canine and the human. He is also well versed in Greek myth and legend, yet where Fifteen Dogs really succeeds is on an allegorical level. There are superficial similarities in approach to Animal Farm, but Alexis's dogs are drawn with greater depth than Orwell's menagerie and he goes beyond politics, using them to look at human issues of fulfilment, happiness, and love. These sensitive explorations help to make this startlingly original novel as thought-provoking as it is enjoyable. In sum, this is the dog's bollocks -- Peter Carty * Independent *
Thought-provoking and moving...a canine version of Lord of the Flies * Good Housekeeping *
Intensely moving and heartbreaking in turn...An original idea brilliantly executed * The Lady *
A powerful story about what it means to have consciousness, and the good and the bad that comes with it * CBC Books Spring Preview *
Andre Alexis has established himself as one of our preeminent voices * Toronto Star *
Following his Rogers Writers' Trust-nominated Pastoral, protean novelist Andre Alexis returns to reclaim another almost-forgotten genre, the apologue (defined as an allegory in which animals adopt human consciousness. * Quill & Quire's Spring Preview *

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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.
It was... More

Paperback edition
6th January 2016
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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

Paperback edition
8th February 2016
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“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

Paperback edition
4 similar books recommended
9th March 2016
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