Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1)
Interview with the Vampire - Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1 Author:Anne Rice The time is now. — We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . . — He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence ... more »as heir—young, romantic, cultivated—to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the "superior" sensual pleasures.
He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . .
We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire—all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child—and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court . . . night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death—a constant stream of vulnerable strangers awaiting them below . . .
We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be . . .
We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Théâtre des Vampires—the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled . . .« less
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 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 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 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.
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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.
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.