An ApologueBook - 2015 | First edition
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I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered what their dog might be thinking, and how your relationship might change if you truly could understand one another. -- Helen
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The work of the three sisters - Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos - is generally straightforward. The first spins the thread of a life. The second draws out the length of the thread each being will have. The third cuts the thread and ends that being's time on earth. If often happens that lie threads are intertwined - most commonly, the lives of husbands and wives, which is why they often die together or close together in time. And in fact Nira's and Miguel's threads were almost as closely intertwined as Nira's and Majnoun's. Though Nira and Miguel were meant to live longer than Majnoun, the threads of all three lives were so wound up, so similar in hew and thickness, that Atropos was not certain whose life would end if she used her scissors.
One evening in Toronto, the gods Apollo and Hermes were at the Wheat Shaft Tavern.
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In a Toronto tavern, the gods Apollo and Hermes strike a bet. When Hermes wonders what it would be like if animals had human intelligence, his brother Apollo wagers a year’s servitude that the animals—any animals Hermes would like—would be unhappier than humans if given human intelligence. The wager is struck, and fifteen dogs in a nearby animal shelter suddenly gain human consciousness—all while still in possession of their canine urges and instincts. As they develop a new language to convey their transformed understanding of the world, the pack becomes divided between those who embrace the new way of thinking and communicating, and those who wish to resist change at all costs. The gods watch—and occasionally interfere—as the dogs try to navigate this abrupt transition. But will any of them die happy?
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