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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.

Andre Alexis' 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.

    

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November 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 1-78125-558-X / 978-1-78125-558-2 (UK edition)
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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ISBN: 1-55245-305-7 / 978-1-55245-305-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House
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April 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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April 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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April 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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Publisher: Coach House Books
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March 2016 : Canada Audio CD

Title: Fifteen Dogs
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 1-77056-464-0 / 978-1-77056-464-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Coach House
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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Title: Fifteen Dogs
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Publisher: Coach House Books
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