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Sacred Book of the Werewolf
by Victor Pelevin
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Viking, 2008 (2008)
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*   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin is about werecreatures. However, it is about more than that it is a Russian satire dealing with politics, philosophy, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Adele is actually 2,000-year-old A Hu-Li, a werefox with hypnotic powers. A Hu-Li makes her living as a prostitute, convincing men that they are having sex with her. After one rather bizarre John, she is picked up by the Russian Security Services who realize what she is. It turns out that they are all werewolves and can see through A Hu-Li's disguise. All of them aspire to become the super-werewolf, something to which A Hu-Li actually knows the secret, taught to her by a monk in ancient China.

As a satire, The Sacred Book of the Werewolf should be humorous on some level. Pelevin starts out the story that way, but the laughter quickly subsides as things turn philosophical. After that, the story plods along with no climax or major goal to keep the reader interested. Pelevin is a very good writer, but his story needs to be a little more engrossing to make the book a good read.

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf is definitely a thinking book. However, Victor Pelevin needs to pick up the pace a little to appeal to the majority of readers and help them get to its message.

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