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Download ë eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¿ André Alexis 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 unhappy than humans are if they were given human intelligenceAnd 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. A doggone clever and moving bookIf animals were granted human intelligence would they die happier or unhappier That’s the intriguing uestion at the heart of André Alexis’s imaginative novel the most recent winner of Canada’s prestigious Giller PrizeThe gods Apollo and Hermes dressed like hipsters and drinking Sleemans are considering this one night at a Toronto bar Apollo says animals with human intelligence would die even unhappily than they would otherwise; he’s willing to bet a year’s servitude on that Hermes agrees and says that if just one animal dies happy he’ll winSince they’re passing a veterinary clinic when discussing the wager they decide to bestow human consciousness on the 15 dogs left there overnight The remainder of the book explores what happens to those canines from their breakout several figure out how to release themselves from their cages to their deaths some violent others peacefulThe result is eual parts survival story socio political parable and Philosophy 200 course on what it means to be human Think Watership Down or Animal Farm as told by the gods The dogs Hmm “dog” is “god” spelled backwards right form a hierarchy deceive one another fight kill split off into factions and then there’s the matter of who gets to hump whom Alexis a poet and fiction writer has great fun with the premise especially around the idea of language One of the dogs becomes a poet which enchants some and angers others A couple of them learn how to speak English and interact with humans And this is a very olfactory book There’s a heightened attention to smells for obvious reasonsThere’s also a lot of literary humour When Majnoun a clever black Poodle is rescued by a couple of well read types the humans discuss what to call him Why don’t you name him You think we should keep him Why not Once he gets better he can keep you company during the day Okay Why don’t we call him Lord Jim You want to name him after the world’s most boring book If I wanted to do that I’d call him Golden BowlLest you get confused about the characters there’s a helpful “dramatis canes” at the beginning which tells you each dog’s name and breed And two beautiful maps show you the areas in the city where the canines cavortAmong other things this is a wonderful Toronto novel beginning in a familiar local watering hole the Wheat Sheaf Tavern and travelling all over the city from High Park and Bloor West and over to the Beach It’ll make you think about group dynamics love and what separates us from animals And it’ll make you pay a bit attention next time you pass a crowded dog park Also be sure to read the author’s note at the end Just as dogs hear certain noises we can’t there are surprises hidden in the text for you to er sniff out

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Summary Fifteen Dogs ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ì 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 unhappy than humans are if they were given human intelligenceAnd so it begins a bet between the gods He Home to home Prince becomes a poet and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracksAndré 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 tric. It felt like I was under a magical spell to read this novel about a pack of dogs who were granted the power of human speech and thought The gods Apollo and Hermes made a bet on whether the fifteen dogs would end up their lifes as happy or miserable creatures Having human thoughts and feelings proved to be mostly unfortunate if not dangerous and bewildering for the dogs Only a few dogs experienced friendships with humans and developed an appreciation of beauty The majority of the dogs preferred to violently oppose to it but realised at the same time that they could rationally made that decision which in itself was not really doggie like behaviourAllow me to uote a few poems of the poetical dog Prince who had the misfortune to realise that his poems would be lost forever upon his demise as he was the only dog in history who ever wrote and recited poems The lake comes to the fringeWhile lights go up around the baySomewhere near cow flesh is singedSmoke floats above the walkwayI've eaten green that comes up blackRisen cold from torrid mudI've licked my paws and tasted bloodWhat is this world of busy liesSome urban genie feeding food to fliesPrince's last poemWhat is the name of he who comesWith eyes closed and fingers blackThe one who draws the curtains backWhen dawn has come'Agha Thanatos' or just plain 'Death'When will I know which is rightI thought those poems of Prince are wonderfulIt is certainly very revealing to have humans watched and commented upon from the point of view of dogs Andre Alexis wrote an extraordinary and also touching tale Thanks to Roger Brunyate for pointing out this book to meJust a PS you don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate this novel

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Fifteen DogsToronto vet­erinary clinic Suddenly capable of 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. If George Orwell decided to write his allegorical Animal Farm in 2015 instead of 1945 he might have come up with something like Fifteen DogsOn second thought scratch that I don’t think anyone – not George Orwell not Paul Auster with Timbuktu not Jack London with Call of the Wild – could ever come up with something uite this sui generis although they’ve all done some darn good writing of their ownFifteen Dogs is to put it uite simply remarkable The premise is uirky Zeus’s two sons Apollo and Hermes come up with an extraordinary wager they will instill select animals with human intelligence and communication skills If at their life’s end any of the animals is happier than he or she might have been Hermes is the victor if however human intelligence leads to misery than contentment Apollo will prevail It is decided that the fortuitous fifteen will be 15 canine patients of a nearby veterinary clinicAt first there’s a lot of dogs to keep straight fortunately the author helpfully provides a cast of characters but eventually the action focuses on just a few Majnoun a black poodleBenjy the Beagleand most compellingly Prince an amicable mutt who is also a poet Here are some musings from Majnoun as he tries to decipher the state of being human “What would it be like for instance to be unable to distinguish the smell of snow in winter from the smell of snow in early spring What kind of world was it in which one could not blindfolded distinguish the great range in the taste of water or smell when a female was in heat To be so limited Inconceivable”This book is philosophical in the best of senses dealing with concepts of individual freedom vs pack conformity the old ways vs the new ways domination vs submission tortured knowledge vs mindless happiness and The uestions at the crux of the book are some of the most important of all time What does it mean to be alive – to love to think to suffer to feel to communicate to uestion Where do we all – canine and human – fit into the world and when does our dedication to “who we are” rise to being uniue and noble What happens when we become strangers to our own kindand to our very natureAndre Alexis weaves in a fair amount of subtle yet laugh out loud humor as he inhabits the dogs’ perspectives Yet his fifteen canines are essentially noble creatures and he never plays a scene strictly for laughs This is really a wonderful book You don’t have to be a dog lover to love it but for those of us who are special treats are waiting