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Fifteen dogs : an apologue / André Alexis.

Available copies

  • 34 of 48 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.

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5 current holds with 48 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library Alex (Text) 33294001942960 Adult Fiction - Second Floor Volume hold Checked out 11/08/2017

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781552453056 (softcover) :
  • Physical Description: 171 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Toronto, ON : Coach House Books, [2015]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "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. Andre 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."--Back cover.
Awards Note: 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner.
2015 Rogers Writers' Fiction Prize winner.
Subject: Dogs > Fiction.
Intelligence > Fiction.
Consciousness in animals > Fiction.
Animal intelligence > Fiction.
Genre: Allegories.
Topic Heading: Canada Reads 2017 contender
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