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18 Jun 2024 | by kortina

Alexis // Fifteen Dogs

The Amazon page for Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis has a great summary of the story:

“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.”

It reads like a fairy tale and in a lot of ways seemed to me a commentary about what might have happened/ how humans reacted to intelligence being a form of power that works far differently than the way most forms of power work for nonhuman animals.

In many ways it’s quite bleak bleak, but the story lands on a hopeful note about the potential of intelligence to make a life better than it might be without it.

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