Monday Evening Book Club June Selection

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet on June 13th at 7pm in the Training Room (2nd floor) to discuss Fifteen Dogs, a unique and compelling novel by Andre Alexis.

About the bookfifteen 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 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.

André 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 tricks. (Provided by the Publisher)

What is an apologue?

Q & A with Andre Alexis: Fifteen Dogs author talks about animals as allegory and his bond with words

Wager of the Gods – Andre Alexis (an Ideas broadcast on CBC Radio)

Review in the Globe and Mail

Review in The Star

Review in Fjords

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