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The Resource Fifteen dogs : an apologue, André Alexis

Fifteen dogs : an apologue, André Alexis

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Fifteen dogs : an apologue
Title
Fifteen dogs
Title remainder
an apologue
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André Alexis
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15 dogs
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Language
eng
Summary
An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness
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Award
  • Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2015.
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2015.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ "One evening in Toronto, the gods Apollo and Hermes" decide that the only way to determine whether human intelligence contributes to happiness is to grant it to 15 dogs and see whether they die happy. This audacious beginning of the latest novel from Alexis (Childhood, winner of the Books in Canada First Novel and Trillium Book Awards) places the book firmly in the ancient tradition of stories about the immortal gods placing wagers on mortal activity. The gods' interference allows Alexis to neatly sidestep potential criticism that he has anthropomorphized, sometimes leveled at works that try to imagine the inner lives of animals, while he ruminates on aspects of human society including political structure, the nature of dominance, the role of the weak, religion, authenticity and performativity, love, and art. Clearly familiar with canine behavior, Alexis manages to encapsulate an astonishing range of metaphysical questions in a simple tale about dogs that came to know too much. The result is a delightful juxtaposition of the human and canine conditions, and a narrative that, like just one of the dogs, delights in the twists and turns of the gods' linguistic gift. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 23, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 08, p)
  • When is a dog not a dog? Two Greek gods bet on what would happen to 15 unsuspecting canines if they were granted human intelligence. Alexis (Pastoral, 2014, etc.) devises an inventive romp through the nature of humanity in this beautiful, entertaining read. Apollo and Hermes debate what, if anything, sets humans apart from other mortal beings—a question that is more frequently part of today's conversations among scientists about consciousness. Settling on intelligence, they enable a random group of mutts, poodles, retrievers, and other breeds to develop their own language, comprehend human language, and understand the passing of time. But the book's central quest is to explore the possibility for happiness—and whether intelligence hinders or helps this. In their new state of awareness, the dogs escape from a veterinary clinic and form a pack in a city park. Armed with human capabilities, they jockey for power and quarrel over how these gifts should be used. The group's leader, a mastiff named Atticus, fears change, thinking "a pack needed unity, and unity meant that all understood the world in the same way or, if not the world, the rules, at least." The pack's poet, who entrances some and disturbs others with his original musings in their new language, is marked for elimination by Atticus, who bans the language as unnatural for dogs. Readers spend most of their time with Majnoun, a poodle who develops a symbiotic relationship with a woman who takes him in, as he encounters other survivors from his pack. To him, "the line between natural (the things Majnoun couldn't help doing) and cultural (the things he could) was neither clear nor fixed." A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2015)
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10411856
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NLC
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1957-
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Alexis, André
Dewey number
C813/.54
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no index present
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novels
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  • Dogs
  • Intellect
  • Animal intelligence
  • Consciousness in animals
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Fifteen dogs : an apologue, André Alexis
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volume
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rdacontent
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1089476
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
171 pages
Isbn
9781552453056
Lccn
2014455313
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781552453056
  • (OCoLC)897352758
Label
Fifteen dogs : an apologue, André Alexis
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1089476
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
171 pages
Isbn
9781552453056
Lccn
2014455313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781552453056
  • (OCoLC)897352758

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