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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore.
In a work that strives to do for werewolves what Stoker's Dracula did for vampires, Endore's werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels round seeking to calm the beast within. An episodic tale, the story wanders through 19th Century France and into hotspots like the Franco-Prussian war.
Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this nove In a work that strives to do for werewolves what Stoker's Dracula did for vampires, Endore's werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels round seeking to calm the beast within.
Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this novel was decidedly influential for the generations of horror and science fiction authors who came after. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Blackmask. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Werewolf of Paris , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about The Werewolf of Paris. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Werewolf of Paris. One of the ways we make peace with death is by making light of it. We make light of the dark thing that awaits us all. We read Gothic novels and watch monster movies. We wait with bated breath for the werewolf to start gobbling people up.
Sex and death. Eros and Thanatos. Inextricably intertwined. Sophie, the dark beauty loved by the werewolf, muses about death as she lies in bed at night. During the day, she is drawn to Bertrand and his wolfish inviting eyes. And at night she thinks of those eyes as she indulges in Gothic fantasies of coffins, graves, and cemeteries. The love affair that ensues is both erotic and grotesque.
Literally, man is a wolf to man. What was a werewolf who had killed a couple of prostitutes, who had dug up a few corpses, compared with these bands of tigers slashing at each other with daily increasing ferocity! Instead of thousands, future ages will kill millions. It will go on, the figures will rise and the process will accelerate! Leading up to this revelation are numerous examples of human wickedness, each act of cruelty and violence leading to the next.
The novel begins with a horrid story of Medieval sadism which serves as an origin story for the events that unfold later. And evil breeds evil.
The horrors and cruelties of history link hands down the ages. One deed engenders another, nay, multiplies itself. One perpetrator of crime infects another. Their kind increases like flies. This book held numerous surprises for me, the first of which was the quality of the writing.
In the beginning of the novel, Aymar is firmly opposed to the Church. The priest speaks of astronomy and architecture and even socialism. When I read the rape scene, I expected the novel to go in an anti-Catholic direction, but it did not. I have nothing to do with superstitions. The atheistic worldview is also treated in this ambitious novel. The preposterous accusations made against the priests and nuns of the Sacred Heart of Picpus demonstrate that irrationality and fanaticism are as abundant in the secular world as anywhere else.
Orthopedic leg braces used by the disabled children cared for by the nuns become Inquisitional torture devices. Endore reproduces the interrogation of a priest by the anti-Catholic Raoul Rigault, a conversation so farcical that one wishes it were fiction.
And the most hideous display of cruelty in the name of science over superstition comes from Dr. Dumas, the director of the private mental hospital where Bertrand will spend his final days.
Dumas regards lycanthropy as a mental illness and denounces the Medieval Church for burning werewolves even as he viciously abuses his patients and defrauds their relatives. Meat-Eating If I was surprised at the vindication of religion and the critique of atheistic science in this novel, I was many times more surprised at its commentary on meat-eating. The horror of werewolves is not merely that they kill people. It is that they eat people. Whether they should be considered people while in wolf form is a question not addressed in this book, but I think it is an interesting question nonetheless.
Aymar encounters a group of wealthy entrepreneurs who conceive of a plan to avoid starvation during the famine. He is invited to a dinner with a menu that turns my stomach to even read. Menus with cow, pig, and chicken on them turn my stomach. These are not animals people are accustomed to eat.
Seeing them on the menu must, I imagine, arouse as much disgust in the average non-vegetarian as it does in vegetarians. And this should be food for thought. If it is horrible to eat a dog, is it not equally horrible to eat a pig?
Why are cows on the menu and not horses and cats? The vegetarian sees death where the omnivore sees only dinner. But can anyone still eat a leg of lamb or a chicken breast and not see a dismembered corpse after following the werewolf on his nightly dinner-run in the cemetery? It concerns two beloved elephants who lived in the zoo. They were sold to a butcher who catered to the wealthy. This footnote affected me more profoundly than anything else in the novel.
Human beings should be what these elephants thought we were. But the reality of our species is nothing like that. Homo homini lupus. Man is a wolf to man. And to elephants. And to every other creature on Earth. It is no coincidence that, walking past a butcher shop one day, Aymar sees the butcher and thinks he is Father Pitamont, the priest who raped Josephine and sired Bertrand.
What could be more apropos? A brutal profession for a brutal man. He perverted the act of love by making it an act of violence and now, instead of leading his flock to eternal life, he leads innocent beasts to their deaths. The blood he sheds is a hideous parody of the blood of Christ. One of those unfortunates is Jean Robert. The scene would be comic if it were not so cruel. The law, as practiced by this judge, is a twisted thing designed to confound the average man with mind games and circular reasoning.
The Werewolf of Paris : A Novel
The book opens with an American grad student in Paris being paid an unhappy visit by an insipid acquaintance from home. She insists on going out to the kind of bar beloved only by American tourists, getting totally plastered, and performing a doubtlessly embarrassment-by-proxy-inducing striptease for the bar patrons. This is the one of the many moments throughout the book that rings so modern. Inevitably, the subject of their discourse turns to lycanthropy.
The Werewolf of Paris
The Werewolf of Paris is a horror novel as well as a work of historical fiction by American writer Guy Endore. The novel follows Bertrand Caillet, the eponymous werewolf , throughout the tumultuous events of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune of — Like much Gothic fiction, The Werewolf of Paris opens with a frame story in which the author explains his struggle with the fantastic elements of his tale. Here the narrator, an anonymous American working on his doctoral research in Paris, discovers a manuscript in the hands of some trash-pickers. He describes it as "the Galliez report: thirty four sheets of closely written French, an unsolicited defense of Sergeant Bertrand Caillet at the latter's court-martial in A descendant of the cursed Pitamont clan, which destroyed itself in a long feud with the neighboring Pitavals, Bertrand is born one Christmas Eve to an adolescent girl who had been raped by a priest, Father Pitamont. Bertrand grows up with strange sadistic and sexual desires which are usually expressed as dreams.
The werewolf is one of the great iconic figures of horror in folklore, legend, film, and literature. Jekyll and Mr. Endore's classic novel has not only withstood the test of time since it was first published in , but it boldly used and portrayed elements of sexual compulsion in ways that had never been seen before, at least not in horror literature. In this gripping work of historical fiction, Endore's werewolf, an outcast named Bertrand Caillet, travels across pre-Revolutionary France seeking to calm the beast within. Stunning in its sexual frankness and eerie, fog-enshrouded visions, this novel was decidedly influential for the generations of horror and science fiction authors who came afterward. A Hollywood screenwriter who collaborated on scripts like Mark of the Vampire , as well as receiving an Oscar nomination for The Story of G. A cult favorite of fans of horror, he is best known for The Werewolf of Paris , which occupies a significant position in werewolf literature, much in the same way that Dracula does for vampire literature.