Spruce, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n his introduction to
, Jon Izzard reminds readers that '
If the werewolf signifies the beast within man - the beast that is eternally at odds with civilization - we are all werewolves.
' He continues to elaborate on
The Beast Within
Werewolves & Popular Culture
Fact & Folklore
, and (in conclusion)
Defence Against the Werewolf
. His book is well illustrated with photos and sketches, from movie scenes to an Egyptian wall painting of Anubis.
zzard covers the gamut in
, including related medical conditions (
); werewolves in world mythology, literature and popular culture (books and movies get a thorough coverage, from the classics to the recent
series); astral entities; totems; wolfish expressions; the wolf's lessons; other shapeshifters; feral children (raised by wolves); the sinister moon; werewolf dreams; rabies; shamanic traditions; menstruation, werewolfism and PMS; reports of werewolf encounters; defences against werewolves (from love to wolfsbane);
related research; and wolf conservation.
eel like exploring your inner wolf? Then you'll enjoy Jon Izzard's
, which delves into the legend but also advocates for real wolves, reminding us of the proverb that '
A dog is three meals away from being a wolf
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