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Werewolf of Paris: A Novel Paperback – April 1, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Out of print since 1972, this gruesome classic is based on a true story from 19th-century France; the author of Psycho adds an introduction to this new edition.
Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“First published in 1933, Guy Endore’s The Werewolf of Paris may finally be coming into its own. Like those other horror classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this notorious novel doesn’t just aim for raw head-and-bloody-bones gruesomeness. Perhaps its closest analogue may actually be still another classic about the savage demons inside us all, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Endore stresses how much we are all the playthings of dark impulses beyond our understanding.”
- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
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This book writes foundational lore of lycantrophyand how people respond to it. The Werewolf of Paris is written as if it is the first real documented encounter with the Lycan species. The Werewolf of Paris let's yoou see the challenge of having a werewolf in the house that you both love and hate at differeht times. The Werewolf of Paris is more aptly named the day to day life and times of a lycanthrope. In so many ways this book, The Werewolf of Paris is like no werewolf book I've read before and I've read many hundreds of werewolf books many good others not so great. The Werewolf of Paris documents the struggles of any otherwise good kid, who wants to grow into a good man while being at times betrayed by his werewolf born passions, rages and desires.
I won't share even one spoiler with you in my review because; every word in this The Werewolf of Paris is golden. Every challenge faced every drop of blood spilled is part of a beautiful web. If I betrayed any of The Werewolf of Paris to you in a spoiler it would profoundly alter your reading pleasure. If you like books about werewolves then The Werewolf of Paris is simply a must read book. No true werewolf lover can go through life without reading The Werewolf of Paris because; yes it is that good. I first heard about the The Werewolf of Paris mentioned in the commentary on a hoor movie DVD I purchased from Amazon.com. The commentator stated that this The Werewolf of Paris book did for werewolf's what bram stoker's dracula did for vampires and he was right. I can see how The Werewolf of Paris put werewolves on the horror map.
Now lets get to the Kindle Edition of this The Werewolf of Paris book which is how I purchased and read it. Is the kindle version of this book bad yes it is but not by any means is it unreadable. This the Werewolf of Paris is a classic a beautiful book that deserves so much better then the slap-dash way it was transfered to electronic copy. Pages that run off into a kind of infinity that can only be found on an electronic device as if the RETURN line key had not been invented. the other extreme narrow bands of text mad difficult to read by a return key on steroids so long passages run a few words long per sentence. The Werewolf of Paris is such a great book to get such tacky treatment in its rendering into a Kindle E-Book. I however am happy because; my life has been made better by reading The Werewolf of Paris and the lousy Kindle translation did nothing to still my passion and love for each word in this totally awesome book. Was this Werewolf of Paris harder to read because of the less than fitting Kindle translation YES INDEED IT WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
I suggest that any true avid werewolf fan or man of the lycanthropic art would easily adapt to the kindles transfer failings because; this The Werewolf of Paris is a feast for the intellect fit for a King. This Werewolf of Paris earns my five stars gladly recorded here for the world to see
The book ranks somewhere in the 3 to 4 star range. I enjoyed it, though many of the complaints in other reviews are fair. It draws from a lot of historical events, and is much better if you are familiar with the Paris Commune. It is also disjointed, and at times I found myself wondering when the subject changed.
It is not terribly gory, though it is unsettling. While the murders might not shake you, the rape and incest will turn the stomachs of the even the most heartless reader. Despite the terrible actions of almost everyone involved, sympathies do build for many of the primary players, though figures introduced late in the book feel a bit hollow at times, and some of their actions, particularly Sophie's, are questionable given what the author offers about her.
I picked this book to profile for my Gothic Literature course in college; Jekyll and Hyde was the only "werewolf story" we were looking into and I was unsatisfied. This is a proper werewolf story. The story follows a young man in France as he descends into Lycanthropy. Rather than ever wanting liberation like Jekyll- the character is constantly racked by fear and guilt when he realizes that he is a victim of a disease. Eventually he flees his home and escapes into Paris with a morally conflicted hunter in pursuit.
Guy Endore sets up excellent comparisons between the idea of the werewolf and humanity. In the backdrop of the werewolf hunt France is at war with Prussia (Franco-Prussian War, 1870)and a Communist uprising takes place. In true Gallic Revolutionary style many people die and each character is corrupted in some way.
It can be a bit difficult to read sometimes- lots of little details. It is also one of the most depressing books I have ever read. This doesn't keep it from being a great book; it is a must-read werewolf story that rivals other Gothic Classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula.