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The Wolf Gift

de Anne Rice

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A young reporter on assignment is attacked and bitten by an unknown beast in rural Northern California and begins a terrifying but seductive transformation into a being with a dual nature, both man and wolf.
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"The highest truths a person could discover were rooted in the natural world."

Reuben Golding, is a twenty-something cub reporter working for a San Francisco newspaper who has travelled to Mendocino, a four hour drive outside the city, to write a story about an old mansion situated in the cliffs overlooking the Pacific on the edge of a redwood forest. Rueben is shown around the property by the niece of the previous owner who recently had inherited it from her uncle who had recently been declared dead having disappeared some twenty years beforehand.

Almost immediately, Reuben falls for both the house and decides to buy the property for himself. Luckily for Reuben he doesn't have to rely on his salary as a journalist because his parents are wealthy and he has a healthy trust fund.

After a few hours of conversation and dinner Reuben and Marchant, the niece, spend the night together. As Reuben enjoys a post-coital nap, Marchant updates her will leaving the estate to him but shortly afterwards she is murdered by her drug addict younger brothers. Rueben is stabbed by the brothers but his life is saved when a werewolf suddenly arrives it kills them instead. Rueben is bitten by the werewolf during the rescue and is turned into a werewolf soon afterwards. The rest of the novel follows Reuben attempts to adjust to his new powers.

Just like other depictions of werewolves, Reuben transforms into a hirsute humanoid with a wolf-like appearance, rather than an actual wolf; one with an out-sized appetite for violence; and one who is much stronger than either a human or a wolf could ever be. However, Rice's werewolf differs from the Hollywood stereotype in that Rueben doesn't simply become a mindless beast who goes on killing sprees. Instead, he only attacks wrong-doers, a rapist, the kidnappers of a school bus full of children, a woman abusing an elderly couple, a man who has just murdered his wife and is about to kill his two young daughters and some homophobic gay bashers. Reuben can control his animal urges and channel them for good.

Now I should point out at this juncture that this book is a long way from my usual reading choices and generally I wouldn't tackle something from this particular genre. This is also my first book of the author's that I've read.

I found the first two-thirds or so of this novel a decent piece of escapism despite a lack of real atmosphere or character development. However, the final third was something of a let down.

Now I believe that Rice was asking, whether or not it is ever right for individuals to take the law in their own hands? Was the 'Wolf Man' a vigilante or a mass murderer who had set himself up as judge, jury and executioner?.

"Pride is the parent of destruction; pride eats the mind and the heart and the soul."

Reuben and his gift had the potential to make for interesting reading but Rice spent far too much time and energy on theological, scientific, philosophic and ethical speculation (Rueben's brother was a priest, his mother a surgeon, his father a poet and his girlfriend an attorney) that the plot rather stalled and became clichéd. It got mired down on whether Rueben's transformation was hormonal, a religious curse or a blessing, one that had a moral and legal considerations or as he saw it himself a 'gift'. A book that started well but ultimately disappointed. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jul 4, 2021 |
To call this god-awful would be a kindness. I love me some Anne Rice, but this, this is trash.

DNF @ page 20. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Apr 10, 2021 |
hb ( )
  5083mitzi | Mar 20, 2021 |
Anne Rice has stated she wants book reviewers to be required to post with their full, real name. In response, I am removing all my reviews of her novels as I am unable and unwilling to do this. I am no longer comfortable reading or reviewing her work. Thank you.
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
If I am totally honest, I wasn't really excited about the subject matter of this book. I borrowed the book because I love Anne Rice novels, and I was -finally- getting my turn at The Wolf Gift. I have read around half of her Lestat novels ( unsure exactly), but I have not returned to that world in many, many years. And I wasn't positive if I wanted to, honestly. So I delved in.....and I was immediately spell-bound. This is a totally different universe from the Lestat novels. And I liked it.
By the time I had made it to chapter 5 I was totally absorbed in the story. Anne Rice has a way of drawing you into her stories, making you care about the people in her novels. You become emotionally invested in what is happening to the characters.

If you are looking for full moon transformations, mindless killing, and the cliche werewolf story - you won't find it in this book. I don't think it is a book about werewolves as much as it is a story about a man transforming and seeing the world in a different perspective. Yes the Wolf Gift changes him, but to me the book was a story of choices, learning, and understanding. Of course I am sure everyone who reads it gets something unique out of it. I was enthralled by how the Wolf Gift made the main character seek out innocent people who are being harmed, how he questioned whether or not he was good or evil. You fear for his safety, you want him to get the answers he is seeking. I can't remember another werewolf story or movie making me feel that way. It may have been a little gory, for some. But who actually knows an incredibly clean, serial-killer, much less a werewolf...? Blood-spatter and gore happens, folks. We pop open rather messily. And that has not bothered me with this novel.

By chapter 39 when answers starting coming, I was smiling at the history of were-kind. I really enjoyed this book. I love that is not a typical werewolf story. I enjoyed all of the characters and I am looking forward to the next chronicle. I hope to borrow it soon.
4.5 stars, what a pleasant surprise! ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Say what you will to the force that governs the universe. Perhaps we'll call it into being, and it will yet love us as we love it.
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REUBEN WAS A TALL MAN, well over six feet, with brown curly hair and deep-set eyes.
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