THE NOVEL HAS AN INTRIGUING GENTLENESS. WITH A DOG'S EYE VIEW OF THE WORLD. PONDERING ON THE NATURE OF POWER, ARCHIMEDES BEGINS WITH A POLITICAL VIEW POINT - & GRIEVANCE,INSISTING DOGS ARE PEOPLE TOO. WITH RIGHTS. BUT THE FRAGMENTATION OF THEIR SOCIETY LEAVES THEM POWERLESS IN THE HUMAN TYRANNY. HE CONCEIVES LANGUAGE AND KNOWLEDGE AS POLITICAL IMPLEMENTS,THE FULCRUM AND LEVER TO MOVE THE WORLD. ARCHIMEDES' PERCEPTIONS SWIFT AND CHANGE THROUGH THE NOVEL AS IT TRACES HIS POLITICAL IDEALS,HIS PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONING,HIS TROUBLED AWARENESS OF LANGUAGE AS BOTH LIBERATING AND IMPRISONING CONSCIENCE AND ABOVE ALL,HIS GENEROUS AND INNOCENT DELIGHT IN THE KALEIDOSCOPIC WORLD AROUND HIM IN IRELAND'S FAMILIAR SYDNEY STREETS. AS ARCHIMEDES' PERCEPTIOSN SHIFT TOWARDS A SENSE OF UNIVERSAL ORDER,IRELAND PLAYS WITH IMAGES OF LIGHT AND THE CONTESTANT DARK,WITH THE LIGHT LYING DARKLY OVER THE DARK.
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The protagonist of this first-person narrative is Archimedes, also called "Happy," an Irish setter who has taught himself to read and write. Archimedes guides the reader through the streets of Sydney, Australia, and expounds on human and dog life. Happy's world includes a Sydney waterfront where humans act like seagulls and seagulls take on human characteristics: there are seagull tourists, seagull art critics and seagull gay-rights activists. The eponymous seagle is different from the other seagulls, spending most of its time soaring like an eagle, and Archimedes admires it from a distance. Archimedes's wonderful character and engaging philosophical spirit enable this tale to soar above other works in the sentimental vein of animal literature such as Beautiful Joe. At times thoughtful, at times hilarious, this is the work of a truly gifted writer.
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