Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

An Apologue

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Toronto :, Coach House Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781552453056
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALE
Characteristics: 171 pages ; 21 cm

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To settle a bet, gods Apollo and Hermes grant human intelligence to fifteen dogs in a Toronto veterinary clinic. The pack quickly becomes torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and communicating, and those who embrace the change. Alexis’ modern take on the apologue offers a compel... Read More »

A wager over drinks between the gods Apollo and Hermes leads them to imbue fifteen dogs at a Toronto veterinary clinic with human intelligence. The pack quickly becomes torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and communicating, and those who embrace the change. Alexis’s modern take... Read More »


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