Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

" 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 grou...

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Title:Fifteen Dogs
Author:André Alexis
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ISBN:1552453057
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:171 pages

Fifteen Dogs Reviews

  • Wanda
    Feb 04, 2015
    An interesting novel, which has obviously caught the attention of a number of Calgarians. I had to wait a very long time to get it from our public library and when I returned it this morning there were 543 people waiting their turn. It reads quickly, despite the fact that it is jam packed with ideas...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 22, 2015
    This is that rare literary novel that has chops but also serious mainstream potential. The story of two gods who give a group of dogs human consciousness in a bet has a lot to say about thought and individuality and what it means to be a person and a dog. It also has a plot full of goodness and viol...
  • Jennifer (aka EM)
    Apr 01, 2015
    Edited: my first review was harsh. And although I stand by my overall evaluation, I don't really want to slam this little book, a Giller prize winner - and recognize that I am decidedly in the minority on it.----------------------------This book was disappointing. It failed for me in three main ways...
  • Alex
    Jul 08, 2015
    My dog can't talk. I checked again this morning. His answer to pretty much everything I say is to play bow and growl at me.Andre Alexis's book is about fifteen dogs who can suddenly talk - and reason like humans - and it seems tailor-made for college freshmen. Alexis gets an opportunity to blitz us ...
  • Chris
    Oct 02, 2015
    Woof. Woof woof wruf wuf. Woof woof. Grrrr.Wruf wuf. Whimper.Goddamn it. Fuck you, Apollo!Woof wuf. Wuf.sobs uncontrollablyTranslation to follow once I stop crying.P.S. Wrrruuff woof Giller Prize wuf. ...
  • Paul Bryant
    Dec 05, 2015
    Hmmm, a whimsical wager by two Greek gods lounging around in a Toronto bar? Eugh. Fifteen random dogs given human intelligence to see if this will make them happier or not? Yeuchhh. So we’re not in Kansas anymore? Nope, we’re smack in the middle of Tweeville.Alright, so when you get over t...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Dec 05, 2015
    A doggone clever and moving bookIf animals were granted human intelligence, would they die happier or unhappier? That’s the intriguing question at the heart of André Alexis’s imaginative novel, the most recent winner of Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize.The gods Apollo and Hermes, ...
  • Jill
    Dec 14, 2015
    If George Orwell decided to write his allegorical Animal Farm in 2015 instead of 1945, he might have come up with something like Fifteen Dogs.On 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 ...
  • Matthew Quann
    Dec 17, 2015
    [4.5 Stars] Second Book of Alexis' QuincunxCANADA READS 2017 WINNER: CONGRATS TO ANDRÉ ALEXIS!In 2000, the Baha Men famously asked, “Who let the dogs out?” Little did they know that it would be over a decade before Andre Alexis would answer that question in his Giller Prize-winning nove...
  • BookLover
    Mar 24, 2017
    Not sure what to say about this book. It did impact me deeply, though probably not for the same reasons the author intended. This was a mostly dark and bleak look at humanity. To be honest, I found it quite upsetting.The premise of the book (a bet between gods whether 15 dogs, gifted with human cons...