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The Sacred Book of the Werewolf | [Victor Pelevin]

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

A. Huli, beautiful and curiously foxlike, works as a classy prostitute in Moscow's premier hotels, until one client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her and she has to leave in a hurry. Forced to advertise on the Internet, she comes to the attention of an intelligence officer who also happens to be a werewolf.
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Publisher's Summary

A. Huli, beautiful and curiously foxlike, has the appearance of a luscious 14-year-old girl, the mind of a sly Buddhist monk, and an endearing habit of name-dropping all the famous people she's met over the past 2,000 years. She works as a classy prostitute in Moscow's premier hotels, until one client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her and she has to leave in a hurry.

Forced to advertise on the Internet, she comes to the attention of an intelligence officer who also happens to be a werewolf.

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 humor and metaphysical ambition, Pelevin introduces us to an unforgettable cast of perverts, former KGB agents, oil tycoons, and amorous werewolves.

Translated by Andrew Bromfield.

©2005 Victor Pelvin; ©2008 Andrew Bromfield; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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What the Critics Say

"Strange, frenetic and beguiling....Victor Pelevin (is) one of the most exciting writers to emerge from new Russia." (The Guardian, London)
"Full of tour de force passages, and full of sex, the novel yet succeeds in not being one of those showy, sexy, cold-hearted books. The fantasy is fueled by passion, the humor by grief." (Ursula K. Le Guin)
"Pelevin belongs to one strand of the great Russian tradition that goes back as far as Gogol and Dostoevesky, in which metaphysical locutions about the mystery of existence clash with the grotesque banalities of life as it is actually lived." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Paul Aurora, CO, United States 03-03-11
    Paul Aurora, CO, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "okokok people"

    if you're looking for a bodice ripping, two-dimensional, paranormal romance with vampiric and lycanthropic sex, you've come to the wrong place.
    this book was frigging awesome. and because some short-sided reviewers chose to bash it, less and less people will try it. that really bums me out.

    the narrator was brilliant. i wouldn't call the story's progression slow, i'd call it gradual. and i wouldn't call it boring. just because a novel doesn't give you what you want doesn't mean it isn't good. Hamilton and Feehan fans may be expecting a smaller calibar of novel. THIS IS NOT PELEVIN'S FAULT.

    this novel has some fantasy elements but they exist to tilt the earth off-center a bit, not to generate an entire fanciful universe. its more surrealistic than science fiction, to a purpose other than simple diversion. Pelevin's story has a point. it's a socio-political commentary on post-soviet russia...with werewolves, werefoxes, and taoist immortals. i'd tell you more, but i dont want to ruin it (for those who are brave enough and sharp enough to try it out despite other negative, unfair assessments).

    frankly, i loved it.



    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    emmy 06-16-09
    emmy 06-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Nothing happens..."

    There weren't any reviews when I added this book to my wishlist and I wish I had gone back to check them before I wasted a credit on this book. I made it through Part I (admittedly fast forwarding here and there) waiting for something to happen and was completely disappointed. The book description has so much potential and disappoints so dramatically. If you are into philosophical meandering ad nauseum, this book is for you. If you are into action, there isn't any.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-21-08
    Monica Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Nonsense!"

    This book is filled with insufferable nonsense.
    Unless you are prepared to listen to hours of droning about metaphysical mysticism and far-fetched allegorical stories, I wouldn't recommend it.

    It's not often I abandon a book before finishing it, but in this case I couldn't bear to listen anymore.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Johnsonville, NV, USA 09-23-08
    Janice Johnsonville, NV, USA 09-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Rambling"

    From the Pub Summary I expected a Sherrilyn Kenyon,Christine Feehan and Laurell K Hamilton type of book. I listened to approx 3 hours of this book. The only reason I stayed with it that long was because the narrator did an excellent job. I found nothing about this book entertaining.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Klawock, AK, USA 01-11-09
    Linda Klawock, AK, USA 01-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "boring"

    very slow, cliched, I tried to lision to it but had to give up after 3 hr. It was missing so much to give it life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Damron Las Vegas, NV 02-19-09
    M. Damron Las Vegas, NV 02-19-09 Member Since 2005

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    "SLOWWW"

    OMG this was a slow boring book. Come on werefox prostitue that has so much promise. I admit i didnt finish it, i just couldnt lose that much of my life to this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-05-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Entertaining but to what end?"

    It's really interesting to see what people in other countries are reading. I realize we get a skewed perception because of what gets selected to market outside the home country. But what else can you do? It's also interesting when that foreign book taps into genres and themes already popular in the US. The trend of stories dealing with supernatural creatures coexisting with humans seems to be running rampant. But where did it originate? Is it all just part of a larger zeitgeist? And what does it all mean? In this book, I always felt there were a lot of in-references that I would have understood better if I'd been Russian. At the same time, I felt like I was being treated to a more intimate idea of what contemporary Russia is like than I would get from the news or any non-fiction analysis. It's a good story with intriguing characters. Pelevin has a great imagination and he has worked out a lot of details to make his parallel universe work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Richards, TX, United States 08-29-09
    Earl Richards, TX, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "a waste"

    Poor, elementry storyline. I was not impressed; felt I wasted my time thinking it would get better-- it didn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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