Our poll for this month’s read was a fascinating study in politics. Kirtles and I are constantly upsetting the polls and just making our own decisions, though we do value your opinion. Honestly we do! And now we’ve got the much lauded and sought after Laura of Reading in Bed doing it, too! The whole process has enlightened me on why the polls before a vote are always so damn non-indicative of the actual result of the vote.
So, yes. Laura did pick Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. And I am very glad she did. This book has a lot of meat to it. It settles into your very bones. It provides many ideas to chew on. Okay, I’ll stop now.
I’ve come up with a few questions for those who are reading along with us. I will post any questions our guest and my co-podcaster might have here as well. If you would like your opinions stated in the podcast, please comment before the evening of Monday, May 4th.
1. What are some of the things you think Alexis was trying to say about language and communication?
2. What are some of the things you think Alexis was trying to say about dominance and power?
3. Do you think Alexis succeeds in, if not giving us the canine point of view (because no one could really do that), giving us a point of view that is…somewhat other than human. Does he succeed in really giving us a perspective we haven’t seen before?
4. Is hopefulness the same as happiness? Discuss.
5. Do you feel ignorance is bliss? Discuss.
6. Given the option, would you pick a good life and a bad death, or a bad life and a good death?
7. And finally, if you had to name your dog after the most boring novel in creation, which novel would your dog be named after?
I will answer this as I think Lord Jim really was one of the most boring novels ever written. I also think much of Steinbeck is pretty damn boring. Though I disliked Paradise Lost more…I could call him/her Disey for short 🙂
For an excellent review of this book, go read Consumed by Ink. Also, Andre Alexis is interviewed about this book on Q: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/q-schedule-for-wednesday-april-1-2015-1.3017465. And he interviews himself very well here: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/tnbfiction/2015/04/andre-alexis-the-tnb-self-interview/#more-121103