Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
Ok we're going to keep this brief because I couldn't finish this book.
Fifteen Dogs follows a group of dogs at a veterinary clinic in Toronto. The book starts with Hermes and Apollo wagering on the outcome of granting human consciousness to a pack of dogs. There isn't much to say about this book. Not only because I couldn't finish it but it was also incredibly short...which really emphasises how much I couldn't stand to keep reading. I thought the premise sounded interesting, and certainly very different. Ultimately though, books set from the perspective of animals is something I am never able to be fully immersed in. At points I may get into it, but then catch myself realising how strange it is to have a group of animals talking. The moment when I decided to stop (granted I really didn't make it very far) was at about the seventh mention of a dog licking its genitals. I'm just not going to get any joy from a book that wants to talk about that consistently. Additionally, the fact I was already sceptical about a story that follows a pack of talking dogs, the constant mention of their genitalia really pushed me over the edge. I can't think of who I would want to recommend this book to. Maybe some people would find it fascinating, and perhaps I was just having a bad day. But, is it asking for too much to not repeatedly have an animals private parts mentioned? If this sounds like it would hit a nerve with you also, I would recommend staying far away... Initial Prediction: 3.5 stars
Final Rating: 1 stars
Publication Date: 23 March 2015 (my edition: 5 November 2015)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
# of Pages: 159