Philosophy, Empathy, Poetry and Talking Dogs, minus the gimmick: ‘Fifteen Dogs’ by Andre Alexis [Review]

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Fifteen Dogs

Goodreads rating: 4/5

A book about dogs who think like humans has the potential to be extremely gimmicky. I picture the type of story that begins with a voiceover asking audiences “have you ever wondered what your pet is thinking?” followed by some wacky antics involving Dr.Dolittle-esque exchanges between humans and animals. But Fifteen Dogs is nothing like that. It’s intelligent, philosophical, clever and heart-breaking. A book for dog lovers, but also for any person who is interested in exploring different perspectives on the nature of humanity, the meaning of happiness, and the way we interact with each other and the world.

Set in Toronto (which is another thing I loved about it), the story begins with the Gods Hermes and Apollo sharing a drink at a local bar. The Gods are discussing the difference between humans and animals and debating whether animals would be unhappier than humans if they were…

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