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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847679463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847679468
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Loaded with beautifully constructed lunatic ravings ... A sublime study in literary elegance. It is bloody (and) brilliant.' --Independent

'Duncan's monstrous narrator makes for memorably rambunctious company' --TLS

'The Last Werewolf is written with such scandalous ferocity and such grizzly humour it feels like the literary equivalent of howling at the moon' --Matt Haig

'Remarkable for its humour, eloquence and self-aware intelligence. A deeply human narrative about the nature of story itself' --Stella Duffy

'Absolutely brilliant. A surreal, dark and unsettling tale that really did put the bite back into the supernatural.' --Russel McLean

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'Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent' The Times

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Book 1981 on 1 Dec 2011
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As the title suggests, Jakob Marlowe is the last surviving werewolf in the world. Headed by Grainer, a steely unemotional character with a persona vendetta gainst Jake, WOCOP ( World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena) has been exterminating werewolves with brutal efficiency, and Jake is their final catch. The chances of escape seem slim.

He is faced with a choice: Keep fighting for survival against the odds, or meet his executioner in defeat at the next full moon. The question is, does he want to keep living all alone in the world? What would be the point?

So begins the book which instantly sucked me in - From the first description of newly fallen snow I knew I was on to a good thing.

First of all, it is pure, rampant fantasy - there are werewolves, vampires, secret organisations, basement vaults, ancient documents, sub-plots and sub-sub-plots. It is outrageously, blatantly, unapologetically fantastical, and it is done in such a matter-of-fact and natural way that I bought it hook, line and sinker.

But that's not all - in addition to the rollocking fantasy, this book is a joyous celebration of English articulacy. Duncan is a master with words and sentences, every page providing a new angle or a totally original observation. He is delightfully playful with words, which are often used as much for their sound as their meaning. It is acutely observant and introspective, detailed, sensitive and very often brilliant.

And it is this skill which allows Duncan to add another, very dark, level to his story. The understanding of what it is to be as werewolf is complete: Man as an animal, and what happens when the biological, natural process of predation conflicts with being human.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By copicuk on 24 Nov 2011
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Glen Duncan is a staggeringly good writer. And The Last Werewolf is a brilliant re-invention of the gothic novel, as well as an explicitly exciting and erudite exploration of the powerful animal forces and human morals that drive us.
What is the nature of good and evil? What would you do?

It is beautiful, sexy, comic, dirty and viciously insightful. It is also a perfect vehicle for Mr Duncans wealth of talents. The writer's dazzling use of language and his frighteningly lurid insight into man's psyche and the wild sexual animal within, allows the story to inhabit every word, every syllable. Just as a great film director frames and edits every shot to contribute to the sense of the whole and allows each image and each scene to carry the overall message of the film, so too does Mr Duncan. With his wonderfully perceptive and delicately brutal use of language there is not only insight but a rich sense of feeling inked into every page.
I absolutley love this writer.

Having said that, even as I loved the book, there remained a niggle. And nobody likes a niggle. As other reviewers have mentioned, although I found myself almost entirely absorbed, there were also moments when I became aware of a certain labouring in the plot that would drag me out of the tale. The story starts on such a high level that it is a noticeable shame that, as it progesses, Mr Duncan is seemingly unable to maintain that quality.
For this I would have dropped half a star from the 5 if I could.

My feeling is what makes this niggle niggle is the sense that Mr Duncan is so close to getting it exactly right that you notice when it is just off. Like a concert pianist who plays almost perfectly only to hit a couple of bum notes at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a lordy on 3 Jun 2012
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Excellent read, the use of language is a joy. The twists and turns along with the different perspective make Glen Duncan an author of considerable depth. Its the first book of Glen Duncans I have read and will definitely working my way through the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jc on 20 Aug 2012
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But equally intruging and different, definately enjoyed it.
Would reccomend for a break from the rest of the supernatural fiction out there.
On a side note, If you've read this do go listen to the Real Tuesday Weld, they created an album to accompany the book. Its actually how heard about the book through the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LA Hanson on 11 May 2012
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I bought this book only because it was the Kindle book daily deal, this is not a genre I would usually read, in fact normally I would avoid it like the plague and no way would I walk into a book shop and pick up a book such as this. But this to me is what having a Kindle does for you, you read 'books' you wouldn't normally give bookshelf space to, you broaden your reading horizons. This book has really surprised me, I'm half way through it and loving it (hence the 4 star rating, maybe 5 by the time I finish?). I think it's very well written - it has that quality that makes you read on as it flows so well, it hooks you in. It's witty and very funny in places, but yes, also dark and violent. I find myself warming to Jake as a character (what is going on he's a werewolf!), and that is the nub of the issue, Glen Duncan has written a highly likeable character in Jake and a novel that makes you ponder after you have turned the Kindle off. On the strength of this I have bought the sequel as it is only £2.99 for Kindle download, I hope I'm not disappointed...
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