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"Good read from the first page to the last..."

We meet A Hu-Li, a 2,000 year-old werefox, who makes a living as a prostitute in Moscow. I thought it was quite interesting to see that her name actually is a nasty word when spelled in Russian. But her tail plays a big part in this story. She is a prostitute but with the powers that her tail has over the men that she is with, makes them believe that the sex was real!

But she comes across Alexander, who is a Russian Intelligence Officer and a werewolf. Now this is where everything starts really getting interesting. For one, she has no idea that Alexander is a werewolf and she's falling in love with him. With one cute little swipe of her tail, she turns him into a weredog.

Victor Pelvin has shown us Russia through A Hu-li's eyes. She has seen so much in her 2,000 years and yet her views of people are real. I don't have a clue what Russia is like, but this book gives us a glimpse of it through her eyes, which I'm sure has some underlying truth.

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf was written-well with some humor, sex and love. It was a little difficult to get started as A Hu-Li was explaining about werefoxes, what they did for a living,and of course the little tricks with their tails to put men in a trance, but I kept plugging along and I have to admit even with all of that information, it was a good read from the first page to the last.

Reviewed by Ruth Schaller
Posted October 18, 2008

SUMMARY

A. Huli, the heroine of Victor Pelevin's latest book, is beautiful, slender and curiously foxlike. She lives in Moscow and works as a classy prostitute in the city's premier hotels. But when a client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her in his luxury suite, A. Huli has to leave in a hurry. She decides to explore new avenues and place an ad on the internet - and that's when the trouble really starts. Victor Pelevin's new work of fiction is both a supernatural love story and an outrageously funny satirical portrait of modern Russia. With all his characteristic humour and metaphysical ambition, Pelevin introduces us to an unforgettable cast of perverts, former KGB agents, oil tycoons and amorous werewolves.

 

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
by Victor Pelvin

Viking Press
September 1, 2008
Available: September 4, 2008
ISBN #0670019887
EAN #9780670019885
336 pages
Hardcover
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