The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

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Paranormal meets transcendental in this provocative and hilarious novel. Victor Pelevin has established a reputation as one of the most brilliant writers at work today; his comic inventiveness has won him comparisons to Kafka, Calvino, and Gogol, and Time has described him as a apsychedelic Nabokov for the cyberage.a Pelevinas new novel, his first in six years, is both a supernatural love story and a satirical portrait of modern Russia. It concerns the adventures of a hardworking fifteen-year-old Moscow prostitute named A. Huli, who in reality is a two thousand-year-old were-fox who seduces men in order to absorb their life force; she does this by means of her tail, a hypnotic organ that puts men into a trance in which they dream they are having sex with her. A. Huli eventually comes to the attention of and falls in love with a high-ranking Russian intelligence officer named Alexander, who is also a werewolf (unbeknownst to our heroine). And that is only the beginning of the fun. A huge success in Russia, this is a stunning and ingenious work of the imagination, arguably Pelevinas sharpest and most engrossing novel to date.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780670019885
Branch Call Number: PELEVIN
Characteristics: xiii, 335 pages ; 22 cm.


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Apr 16, 2013

Another reader I highly respect gave this 5 stars and I tried it. I am almost certain it lost a lot of its humor in translation and because of my lack of a "Russian soul". I found that it often attempts to be clever, self-consciously so. Nonetheless, it is occasionally funny and reveals a lot about everyday life (mostly of the rich and/or criminal classes and their prey) in modern Russia. Americans will be surprised that the characters (and presumably the author) have a less than positive view of "liberal democracy" and good reasons for this. The supercilious attitude of the two main characters reminds me of what we called "poseurs" (I suppose I was one), those who mention a few intellectual names, skirt the edges of a philosophy and adopt an "if you aren't impressed by my superior wit it is because you are lacking..." attitude. Yes, there is sex, and paranormals, but they are slippery as eels to grasp. I'd pass unless you can read it in Russian or you'd like to see if all this works better for you than it did for me.

Nov 23, 2010

really bad read...don't waste your time on this one....

Jan 06, 2010

Interesting shards of character buried under 300 pages of philosophical musings, that manage
to connect together and lead to something. However, if a werewolf book is what you're looking for, this
won't do. The fact that the main character is a werewolf is mostly superfluous, and the story could have stood just as easily without it. Not light reading, but all the thoughts are broken down nicely enough that someone without a masters in psychology and history, can still read it easily enough.


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