I picked this book up in San Fran, at the City Lights Bookstore because it was recommended by one of the workers there. Normally, this is not something that I would ever pick up, but I am always willing to try new books so I decided to give it shot.
The book, written from the perspective of A Hu-Li, a were-fox who lives in Russia. As she has been around for thousands of years but still looks quite young (she is mistaken for 17 years old all the time), she impersonated a 17-year-old prostitute in order to make money and survive. She needs human (or tail less monkeys as foxes call humans) life force…the essence of life to survive. What better way to get that then by impersonating a prostitute. Through the course of this life, she has run ins with death, which make her lose her job at a prominent hotel. Then she puts an ad out on the internet to solicit sex, and ends up whipping a client so badly that she comes under the notice of the Russian FSB. There is meets Alexander. An amazingly beautiful man, who is the commander general of the FSB, she is instantly attracted to him, which doesn’t happen ever to her. They form a mutual bond, when it turns out that he is a werewolf, and they end up staying in a relationship together for a long time (he is the only one who understands her and has a sex with her, because believe it or not she was a virgin). Through this relationship, A Hu-Li or Adele as she goes by with Alexander (ginger too cause she is a redhead) comes to learn the true meaning of her existence (through many philosophical rants throughout the novel)…Love. Her love for Alexander is what she has been waiting for this whole time to be the true super-werewolf (an were-creatures ultimate destination). Thus she finds enlightenment…
From the description on the back of, The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, (where it just discussed her being a prostitute and a were-fox) I though it was going to be a super interesting novel and not something that I ever read very often Boy was I wrong. I really could not get into this book, the story is one of the more disjointed that I have ever read. It jumped from present day Russia with A Hu-Li and Alexander to her memories of the past and way…WAY to many philosophical discussions about life and her meaning of life being a were-fox and blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, I do (now and then) enjoy a good philosophical discussion (don’t laugh at me Beck), but this was every other stinking chapter. There really was no story…just the author throwing in his personal beliefs in the guise of A Hu-Li’s transformation throughout her life as a were-fox. A Hu-Li as a character was not enjoyable to read about. I never felt like I truly understood what she was about nor do I think she even understood what she, herself, was about. There was no real story involved between her and Alexander, just brief passages where they were together and had sex or had sexual fantasies with their tails entwined together. It wasn’t love or not the love that I believe in. I no way (obviously) could I get into this book. All that being said, Victor Pelevin is a good writing, who has some amazing thoughts on life. HE can tell a could philosophical discussion and is obviously very intelligent, this book just does not cater to any of my whims. I will say that if you enjoy philosophy, this is your book!
Sorry this review is so short, but really there is nothing more that I have to say about this novel. On a happy note, another review tomorrow.
Rating: 100 pages out of 500.
Upcoming: Juliet by Anne Fortier and many others, which I haven’t decided on yet 🙂