I finally picked this up after years of avoiding it. I really, really enjoyed the first part of the book. The history of how Louis becomes a vampire and the time and place (Louisiana during the plantation era) are fascinating, as is Rice's attention to detail as regards New Orleans at the time. I quickly got bored with the second half of the book though. It just seemed like Rice suddenly realized that there was a story that had to be finished by a certain number of words and she'd better get it done. The history and aura of it all was lost in favour of driving the plot.
It's not that I didn't like the plot. Just that I liked the plot a whole lot more when Rice was in touch with the pulse of the time and place she was writing about. That said, I know that she lives in NO and so has a very good understanding of the city and its history, so it might be for that reason that the parts of the book set in New Orleans are better simply because of Rice's intrinsic knowledge and understanding of it. Overall, it was a decent book that could have been better if the knowledge of Paris had been as good as Rice's knowledge of New Orleans.
I've never really been a person into the vampire genre, but after reading this book I think I'm going to pick up the rest in the series. I love the way the story is told, I love the history and the details used. I'm fascinated with New Orleans and I feel that Rice's descriptions of old New Orleans are beautiful. I didn't find the story over the top, it caught my attention and kept my interest.
I wanted to like this book, and there was quite a bit to like about it, but eventually I got bored. I rarely fail to finish a book, but I actually put it down with about 75 pages to go, and just never picked it up again.
I like some vampire lit - most notably the Southern Vampire mysteries - and I enjoy some horror genres (went through Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe phases) but this book just didn't do it for me.
I did love the author's Christ the Lord novels, as well as her memoir, which is why I gave this one a go.
These are the shocking confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, erotic, chilling, and yet... a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force that spans several generations, because, as we all know, vampires never die . . . or do they?
i hesitated with reading anne rice , due to people calling her writing erotic, but i regret holding out on her. i think this was an exellent but , shes a very great story teller. im looking forward to reading more.
This is a very interesting book I read it and enjoyed it greatly. I am now reading the series. And have started book 2. this book really shows the other side of the vampire life and what it is to live as a vampire instead of the human aspect of hunting them. Very good book recommended for all vampire fans and Anne Rice fans.
Beautifully written; gorgeous, descriptive language depicting grief-stricken Louis' terrible struggle with adjusting to life as a vampire after being duped into it by the super-seductive Lestat. Rice was an alcoholic when she wrote this novel, and you can see the parallels to alcoholism with Lestat as the angry alcoholic, Louis as the co-dependent "spouse" and Claudia as the affected child.
I preferred the first part of the novel (which takes part in New Orleans), prior to Louis' trip to the old world but it is still a fascinating world to enter into, one you will not forget.
The book that brought the vampire genre to the general public. Mrs. Rice writes with elaborate descriptions and develops characters with care. This book and the rest of the Vampire Chronicles have maintained their poularity for decades, for good reason.
In the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception--in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator.
While Rice has continued to investigate history, faith, and philosophy in subsequent Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview remains a treasured masterpiece. It is that rare work that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound vision of the human condition. --Patrick O'Kelley
I was excited to read this book when it arrived in the mail. It started out interesting enough, but I only made it to the beginning of Part II before calling it quits. It got so boring for me. I normally can push through a book, but not this one. If someone can persuade me that it gets a lot better in the second half I may pick it up again, but right now, no way.
Even though this is the beginning of Rice's lengthy vampire series, it still is probably the best one. Later editions are obsessed with Lestat, but it's refreshing and touching to read Interview, which tells the tale of Louis' battle with becoming a vampire and still clinging to mortal ways. This story is touching and beautiful, and one of the few books I've read over and over.
No offense to Anne Rice, but characters who go ON and ON about how much it sucks to be immortal really don't garner much sympathy from me. I started this book three times before I finally finished it. The main character, Louis, drives me crazy - it seems like all he does is complain. The other vampires in the story are much cooler.
I enjoyed this more than I expected and I love the movie. In fact, that was part of it - I felt like watching the movie and picked up the book instead. I am very glad that I did. Of course, now I want to watch the movie even more, to spot the differences.
Still, it was beautifully written and surprisingly well constructed throughout, keeping the formula of the interview with all the words (almost) in dialogue. I definitely can see why Rice is so popular.
Within are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
Ok Anne Rica can be a bit "long windded" with her books and this book is the perfect example. Some place could have done with out the 20page descriptions, but for the most part I really liked it. Louis was a brat, and Lestat was a "Bad Boy", and Claudia was an Evil Doll just as she should have been. Louis constant whinning can get on my nerves some times and the long discription can weigh you down but if you can read past that the story can be good. BTY don't let 1 slow book stop you from the other book. They do get better. I LOVED Queen of the Dammed. (its on my top 10 list)
Now hailed as a modern classic, this story by Anne Rice started her popular 'Vampire Chronicles' series and transcended the genre by daring to take the oldest of villains and making him the hero - or, more fittingly, the anti-hero - of the peice. Told entirely from the vampire Louis' point of view, this compulsively-readable novel is epic in scope yet intimate in its themes of humanity, religion, and the grey areas of the human soul. With this novel, Anne Rice successfully created an amazing universe for her fully-realized undead characters to revel in, and conjured up unforgettable characters in Louis, Lestat, Armand, and the fascinating child-vampire Claudia. Hopping from 1800s New Orleans to a Grand Guignol theatre in Paris, and other locales besides, this novel is a breathtakingly dark journey that shouldn't be missed.
John M. reviewed Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) on
I personally think this book is awsome. I am a bit of a religious nut so the struggle makes me closer to being normal and the deep discusions they have are great. I look foward to reading her next book.
cra - reviewed Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) on
I LOVED this book. Rice has a real talent for pulling the reader fully and completely into the world of the book and the characters mind. I MUST get the other books in this series. Heck I want all her books if they're anything like this.
Hannah P. (maude1971) - , reviewed Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) on
Brilliant! The only reason I gave this edition 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 is that my edition (the one with the same exact cover), the words tend to hang off the edge of bottom of the page making it a bit hard to read on certain pages...I don't know how this happens, but it put me back a bit at first...
ANYWAYS! back to the book! The book had me clinging to every descriptive word, never wanting to stop. I literally spent all the free time I had when we took breaks during testing my junior year in high school to read this book....I just read it a second time a month or two ago and I don't think the film gave it 100% justice, though it was close (Idk, I disagreed with the choices of actors-besides Kristen Dunst)
Anne Rice write highly descriptive passages that send your mind into far off places and the characters are all expertly written. I disagree with some of the reviewers below, I thoroughly enjoyed the second half of the book, and I cried (don't want to reveal any spoilers) at some of the sadder tragic pieces...I really felt a sympathy for Claudia and felt that maybe, more should be written about her feelings towards being a women inside and remaining a child outside...maybe a novella, called Claudia and her journey through her life before she became a vampire?
HIGHLY recommended for people that like Classics, The Victorian Era, vampires, or just a good mouth watering read!
so apparently im the only person in the world that didnt enjoy this book very much. it slogs along and takes far too long to get to the point. claudia is far more interesting than louis, but she gets nowhere near enough wordspace. louis simply isnt as charismatic as rice's other characters.
Classic, February 21, 2006
Reviewer: Moonshine69 (Arizona)
This story is a sensual and incredibly disturbing fantasy expressed with powerful emotional eroticism, beauty, and eloquence. Rice transforms vampires into sympathetic, seductive, and human figures ... in search of others like themselves. Rice explores humanity's deepest philosophical concerns, including the nature of good and evil, death, the conflict between reality and idealism, and how do we know that we know, and all that from the fascinating perspective of an immortal narrator.
Louis is a classic tragic character whose source of suffering results from his inability to release his lingering humanity. Lestat is twisted, cold, and a deviate. But it is the story of the little girl, Claudia, that I find the most intriguing. She becomes a vampire at an age too young to remember her human nature and transforms into a vampire woman inside the body of child. It is this doomed tragedy of Claudia, with all of its problematic complications that lends a classic power to this book.
Rice makes no effort to hide the vampire's erotic appeal behind any doors of moral convention. Moreover, her subjects are far from evil incarnate. The characters are complex in a human way that transcends good and evil. Rice conveys great depth to her characters that live in the abject where there is no good or evil but lots of disturbing possibilities.
Anne Rice is my favorite author and this is my favorite book from her. This is the first Anne Rice book I've ever read and I've been hooked ever since.
FROM THE INSIDE COVER:
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonshing force-- a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of extrordinary power of the sense. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.
In the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception--in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator
I loved this book, you know it has to be good! I enjoyed \"Queen of the Damned\" the movie and, as a result, decided to read the Vampire Chronicles, starting from the beginning. I haven\'t been disappointed by my decision!
I didn't experience the same Goth urgings my friends did, so I never read this in high school. I just finished it and I ask myself "What's all the fuss?" Interesting actions and characters broken up by long stretches of pure boring. Purple prose galore. Am not interested in the rest of the series.
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force--a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. This is the book that propelled Anne Rice to the top.
I loved this movie when it came out, & years later I read the book. The book made me love the story even more & helped to really understand Louis' character & why he's so tormented. Anne Rice is one of the best writers I have read. I can't get over how much though she puts into detail & description.
Janet reviewed Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) on
In a remote room in a large city, a young reporter sits face-to-face with his most astonishing subject: a onetime New Orleans gentleman plantation owner who, in vividly terrifying and haunting detail, recalls his centuries of extraordinary life--beginning with his initiation into the ranks of the living dead at the hands of the sinister, sensual vampire Lestat.
This is the story of the Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even "settle down" for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia's struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
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Amber (amber1111) reviewed Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1) on
I'm sorry to all the Anne Rice fans out there, but I thought this book was terrible. I could barely muddle through it and around page 250 I just decided to skim to the end to see what happened. The characters are boring and the author uses WAY too much description. I think I could have told this story in about 20 pages. :) I won't be reading any more of her books.
From back cover:
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force--a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
Well-written, taught and believable, it is easy to see why this title, the first in a series of 3, is a classic. It invented the genre whose popularity is suddenly in vogue--vampire drama. Read the classy, literary original.
Looking for a book to read while waiting on some of my requests to be filled. I had never seen the movie either and was curious. Can't say I loved it but, can't say I disliked it either. There are more in this series but, I won't be reading them. Not my style of vampire series. Very well written book.
I feel like an outcast in that i did not love this book....
It took me almost 2 weeks to read, and i only finished it because it's my pet peeve to leave a book unfinished.
I did like the sense of education i got from it in the whole realm of vampirism, but i found it to be very drawn out and boring. A little too "historical" for me. I think i'm more drawn to modern paranormal...such as Twilight or Southern Vampire Series, which i'm going to tackle next year (which starts tomorrow!)
I will hold onto this book in case i want to re-read it, as my taste may change...you never know!