Fifteen dogs : an apologue / André Alexis.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Notes:
      Issued also in electronic format.
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    • Other Titles:
      15 dogs : an apologue.
    • ISBN:
      9781552453056 (pbk.)
      1552453057 (pbk.)
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ALEXIS, A. Fifteen dogs : an apologue. [s.l.] : Coach House Books, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 27 jun. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Alexis A. Fifteen Dogs : An Apologue. Coach House Books; 2015. Accessed June 27, 2019.
    • APA:
      Alexis, A. (2015). Fifteen dogs : an apologue. Coach House Books. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Alexis, André. 2015. Fifteen Dogs : An Apologue. Coach House Books.
    • Harvard:
      Alexis, A. (2015) Fifteen dogs : an apologue. Coach House Books. Available at: (Accessed: 27 June 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Alexis, A 2015, Fifteen dogs : an apologue, Coach House Books, viewed 27 June 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Alexis, André. Fifteen Dogs : An Apologue. Coach House Books, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Alexis, André. Fifteen Dogs : An Apologue. Coach House Books, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Alexis A. Fifteen dogs : an apologue [Internet]. Coach House Books; 2015 [cited 2019 Jun 27]. Available from:


PW Reviews 2015 February #4

"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.)

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