Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Last Werewolf

Hunger. Most of the three hundred pages of Glen Duncan’s latest novel, The Last Werewolf, are narrated by Jacob Marlowe, who has become reconciled to his fate: an imminent death as the last of his species. He is being hunted down by an enemy hungry for revenge. Jake asks all the big questions as he records this diary, and explores the depths of hunger that prod us ahead. Duncan’s writing often soars, and his throwaway lines are often the best ones. Jake’s lunacy is an existential one that presents ways in which contemporary life leads to alienation and death. This is also a story about relationships that reinforces the ways in which love conquers all. Readers need not be drawn or repulsed by the werewolf motif; Duncan uses the werewolf as the element that targets Jake as the enemy that needs to be destroyed.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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