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Interview with the Vampire

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Author: Anne Rice

Published: August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published April 12th 1976)

Format: Paperback , 342 pages

Isbn: 9780345476876

Language: English


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This is the story of 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 o This is the story of 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. Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires--a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined. Originally begun as a short story, the book took off as Anne wrote it, spinning the tragic and triumphant life experiences of a soul. As well as the struggles of its characters, Interview captures the political and social changes of two continents. The novel also introduces Lestat, Anne's most enduring character, a heady mixture of attraction and revulsion. The book, full of lush description, centers on the themes of immortality, change, loss, sexuality, and power. source: annerice.com

30 review for Interview with the Vampire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones. Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatabl If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones. Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatable, capable of sparking our empathy and intimate to us on a level not really seen previously to this novel. Published in 1976, it is the story of the world's most boring vampire, Louis. Okay, I take that back, ALMOST the world's most boring vampire... [image error] Excellent, now that our obligatory Twilight reference is out of the way, we can get on with the review! We've come a long way from the original publication of Interview With a Vampire. Previous to this novel, a story about Vampires was generally a horror novel and nobody expected Vampires to turn out to be the good guys. Now they are almost guaranteed to be, at the most, misunderstood. Like our current generation of teenagers... As far as I can see in my research, this seems to be the place where Vampire Empathizing began or at least was made popular. I wanted to know if The Lost Boys, Blade, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Anita Blake, Vampire Diaries, Twilight et al owe their existence to Interview With A Vampire and if they've done it justice. Well, I've been searching for a Vampire novel or movie that is as much of a pop culture icon, that displays tenets of Vampire Empathizing and which predates Interview With a Vampire but so far my search hasn't revealed much. As for how this novels stands up to the wealth of vampire media that followed it? Well, in some aspects I think it is a vast improvement. The idea of Vampires being the dark seducer isn't new and using them to represent repressed sexuality has become stock standard. However this book deals with those two themes in a very different way. The dark seducer, Lestat, and the repressed sexual being, Claudia, both destroy Louis in vastly different ways and it's a nice, depressing change from the usual state of affairs. But still, on its own, it's not a fantastic book. It may have popularized Vampire Empathizing, but it's probably also responsible for a lot of terrible gothic poetry. And in case you're wondering if the movie is better than the book? In this instance, yes. Though I can't say why... I'm not sure what the movie has that the book doesn't... Or what makes the movie more intriguing... But it sure is SOMETHING!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    ”People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” It’s been ages I first saw the movie but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. How sorry I felt for Louis when he told his story and how much I loved Lestat for being the evil manipulator that he is. *lol* By now I even have “Interview with the Vampire” on DVD and every once in a while I re-watch it and ”People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.” It’s been ages I first saw the movie but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. How sorry I felt for Louis when he told his story and how much I loved Lestat for being the evil manipulator that he is. *lol* By now I even have “Interview with the Vampire” on DVD and every once in a while I re-watch it and glory in the amazingness of this film! They did a great job with the film adaption, that’s for sure, but to be entirely honest Anne Rice did an even greater job writing the book. XD ”I’d like to meet the devil some night,” he said once with a malignant smile. “I’d chase him from here to the wilds of the Pacific. I am the devil.” I don’t know why it took me so many years to read this, especially because I already read “Queen of the Damned” and “The Vampire Armand” and loved them both, but sometimes it just takes a little longer until the inevitable happens and as it seems to read “Interview with the Vampire” was one of those special cases. ;-) So what can I say about this book that hasn’t been said already? I loved Louis! He’ll always have a special place in my heart because he’s the embodiment of the fight of good against evil. No matter which vampire you encounter throughout the course of this book, they all lost their humanity, their compassion for their victims and their sense of justice. ”I saw you in the theatre, your suffering, your sympathy with that girl. I saw your sympathy for Denis when I offered him to you; you die when you kill, as if you feel that you deserve to die, and you stint on nothing. But why, with this passion and this sense of justice, do you wish to call yourself the child of Satan!” Louis? Nope, never! He’d been turned into a vampire decades and centuries ago, but he still managed to preserve his humanity and to some degree even his innocence. He has to drink blood in order to stay alive but he certainly doesn’t enjoy it. In fact he condemns himself for being too weak to go without it, he despises the weakness of his nature and he most definitely loathes the creature that lives within him. In short: I’m pretty certain he’s the worst vampire ever. *lol* ”He loves you. He loves you. He would have you, and he would not have me stand in the way.” And because of this he attacks Claudia and makes her a vampire in the end (Well, actually Lestat turns her but those are just semantics. ;-P) Maybe it was her innocence that drew him, maybe it was her young blood, her strong will to survive but whatever it was, it caused him to drink from a child and Lestat in his endless cruelty and cunning persuaded him to kill her only to take it from there and to make her a vampire instead. ”Monsters! To give me immortality in this hopeless guise, this helpless form!” Oh, how I felt with Claudia! Just imagine being imprisoned in a body that is so young and frail! I mean in the book she’s only five(!!!) when she’s turned and her mind grows but her body never changes. A 65 year old woman, living an eternal life in the body of a five year old!? How cruel, how horrible this existence must have been. Alone to feel sexual desire but never to act on it, to be trapped in a body that isn’t made for anything of it. Poor Claudia! >_< It’s no surprise she despised them both for it. Lestat she hated with a passion, but Louis? How could she hate him? She was torn because she loved him but also detested him for what he had done. For how he treated her: As a child even though she was already a grown up woman. ”For you see,” I said to her in that same calm voice, “what died tonight in this room was not that woman. It will take her many nights to die, perhaps years. What has died in this room tonight is the last vestige in me of what was human.” And so the story unfolds and the repercussions their actions entail eventually catch up on them. *sighs* By the end of the book I actually felt sorry for all of them. Not only Louis and Claudia but also Lestat and Armand. It made me sad to see what happened to them and I’m really sorry that Armand and Louis never got a chance to work out. ”I want you. I want you more than anything in the world.” They had such a great chemistry, but the price to be together was just too high. To destroy the one thing Louis loved the most sort of destroyed Louis as well. So basically everything Armand loved about him was snuffed out the moment he set things into motion. The irony isn’t lost on me. >_< Conclusion: I really enjoyed reading “Interview with the Vampire”! Sometimes it felt like watching the movie and at other times I appreciated the additional info that always seems to get lost in film adaptions, no matter how decent they are. *lol* Some things you can only glean when you read the book and for me this alone was enough reason to give it a try. XD P.S: I think I’ll have another movie date with Louis, Lestat and Armand tonight. ;-P _______________________ Did anyone say vampires are out? Nope, they are definitely not, because this little gem existed way before “Twilight” was even a thought. ;-P I wanted to read this ever since my young and innocent me watched “Interview with the Vampire” on TV. (That rhyme wasn’t intended I swear. *lol*) Well, anyway! I always loved the movie! A sexy and broody Brad Pitt, a wicked and cunning Tom Cruise, what’s not to love? XD Plus they are so beautiful that it hurts. <3 *coughs* Okay, back on track: I saw this at the library, I snatched it from the shelf, I giggled gleefully (and rather maliciously) and now I’m going to read it! End of the story! Let’s hope it’s a good one! *fingers crossed* XD

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.

    You begin. It seems like it might be fun. A little bit trashy, but fun. Not so well written. Disappointing. Already, you know it won't be up to much. You keep reading. Why this way? You read, wondering why. It seems pointless. You are bored, your mind wanders. You keep reading. You cannot stop. It is dark. So dark. The atmosphere. Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting. Erotic. You are trapped. Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy. Kinky. Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful. Alluring. Seduct You begin. It seems like it might be fun. A little bit trashy, but fun. Not so well written. Disappointing. Already, you know it won't be up to much. You keep reading. Why this way? You read, wondering why. It seems pointless. You are bored, your mind wanders. You keep reading. You cannot stop. It is dark. So dark. The atmosphere. Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting. Erotic. You are trapped. Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy. Kinky. Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful. Alluring. Seductive. But you know that they are not, and no book will make it so. You keep reading. You are bored. You put the book down. But you have to finish it. You keep reading. You read. Waiting for gratification. Waiting for something to happen. Waiting. You cannot look away. You keep reading. It is a beautiful day outside. You keep reading. So dark. So sensual. So strange. The plot shifts. A small climax. You groan. Sigh. Still a hundred and fifty pages left. You keep reading. Repelled. Attracted. You shift positions. You ache for more. You keep reading. ... Blam! Kazam! Ka-POW! Climax! Death! Destruction! Fire! Alone. Downwards spiral. Depression. Dark. So dark. Come on, suicide. There is no suicide. Wandering. Searching. Existential angst. Oh. That was all. What a stupid ending.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I have to say I liked the movie better. I mean eye candy! I have wanted to read this series forever and since one of my groups is doing a challenge for a badge I thought now would be perfect. BUT, if they don't get better I'm not going to waste my time. Too many books to waste time any more 😊 Happy Reading! Mel ❤️ I have to say I liked the movie better. I mean eye candy! I have wanted to read this series forever and since one of my groups is doing a challenge for a badge I thought now would be perfect. BUT, if they don't get better I'm not going to waste my time. Too many books to waste time any more 😊 Happy Reading! Mel ❤️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leo .

    I really enjoyed this book. Read it a while ago. Thought the film was very good. Not sure whether it was as good as the book or not. It is very similar to The Picture Of Dorian Grey. In both books the main character had a wealth of knowledge and experience. They rub shoulders with the more, privileged people. Is vampirism real? I once watched a documentary video; fake news? And in the film a lab scientist had a series of clear tanks containing mice. Some pregnant mice, some new born mice and anot I really enjoyed this book. Read it a while ago. Thought the film was very good. Not sure whether it was as good as the book or not. It is very similar to The Picture Of Dorian Grey. In both books the main character had a wealth of knowledge and experience. They rub shoulders with the more, privileged people. Is vampirism real? I once watched a documentary video; fake news? And in the film a lab scientist had a series of clear tanks containing mice. Some pregnant mice, some new born mice and another containing an old mouse. The hairs on its chin were grey so I guess he was getting old. I think mice only live for about two years so this one was probably at least two summers old. Anyhow I digress, this gets nasty now. The video goes into a time lapse. The lab assistant was taking baby mice from the mother and feeding them to the old mouse. The video is filmed over a couple of weeks and condensed to a few minutes on the time lapse. Now, the old mouse is getting younger! Wtf! The old mouse, eating the pure clean flesh of new born mice, gets younger. His greying chin hair is now a lovely golden brown and he is flitting about his environment like a teenager. I don't know whether this video is real or fake. Was the mouse swapped with a younger one? Who knows? If it is fake it is quite...elaborate. So I ask again, is vampirism real? If it is real then the Race of the Vampire would be far older than humanity. That means they would Predate humanity. So explains why Vampires predate, as in hunt, feed off, suck the blood of humans. So does Predate mean what is says, before? Or, hunt, stalk, eat? Or are the two meanings the same? Was the Tiger here before the deer? Was the wolf here before the sheep? As humans, with our intellect, we as a race don't really have a predator these days. We create things to protect us. So are we the top of the food chain? Do we, as in all nature, have a predator? For every right there is a left and every up there is a down. Are we the most intelligent beings on this planet? Are there many races? Do they hide in the shadows? What is folklore compared to mainstream? Why is Romania called Rome Mania? Legend of Dracuul. Vlad the Impaler. A madman! Was ancient Romania, Visigoths? Gothic? Named so because it became a Roman outpost? Rome occupied Egypt. Romany, curses and casting spells. The mystics of Egypt did too. I am forever playing Devils Advocate, too many questions and not enough answers. Let's take the Alfa Romeo car manufacturer. I recently learned it is owned by the Vatican. Maybe. Who knows? We all know that the Vatican is a state within a state. Like the city of London, where all the oligarchy live. Or the District Of Colombia. So, the Vatican probably owns the Alfa Romeo car company, secretly it would appear. The esoteric world communicate via logos. Sigils, symbols, icons etc. A picture spells a thousand words...only to those who can decipher them. Words are only for the masses. They are swords. Now let's look at the Alfa Romeo badge. I am not going to copy and paste one in for fear of copy right strike. One will have to look for themselves however, I can describe it. Here goes: A circle within a circle. The outer circle, enveloping around, spells the words Alfa Romeo. To the left of the inner circle is the Red Cross of St. George. To the right is a dragon. On the dragon's head is a Crown. A forked tongue protruding from the dragons mouth. How absurd. Let's break this down. A circle within a circle. A wheel within a wheel. Hidden. Esoteric. Occultic. The outer circle contains the word "Alfa" top, supreme, dominance. Also the word Rome. It envelopes the inner circle. So Rome is top dog. To left of the inner circle is the St. George Flag. A red cross. England. Did St. George not slay the dragon? To the right of the flag is a Dragon. On top of its head is a Crown. Royalty. What appears to be a forked tongue protruding from its maw. If one turns the logo 180 degrees one can clearly see it is not a tongue at all...it is a human! So the Dragon has a Crown on its head and a human hanging out of its mouth. How absurd. It's only a company logo right? So according to this badge. Rome is top dog and there would be no Royalty if not for Holy Roman Empire. The Royals are actually dragons. Lol! And they eat humans, really? David Icke must be cringing. Lol! It is so absurd, it is crazy. What is true is that some time ago Prince Charles visited Romania and whilst walking around some Gothic temples with the Romanian leader he turned and said. With a chuckle, "You do realise ofcourse that I am a direct descendant of Vlad The Impaler". Or words to that effect. I remember watching it on a mainstream news channel. Is Prince Charles the Prince Of Wales? I think he is. Does the Welsh flag have a Red Dragon on it? I believe it does. Is Prince Charles a direct descendant of Vlad The Impaler? He thinks he is. Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Interesting to know that Windsor is not the real name of the British Royals. Romania. Rome. Egypt. Britain. Celtic. Druids. Mysticism. The Vatican. Royal Bloodlines. The elites believe it. Incidentally the Visigoths had a distinctive red shield and a Criss Sword. I read some where that the name Rothschild means Red Shield. Coincidence? I hope I am not hung drawn and quartered. :-) I used to watch Penny Dreadful on TV and really thought it was a great show. Penny Dreadfuls were small comic book magazines from the Victorian era. Basically like fantasy and folklore. In the TV show the main plot was vampirism. In the show the protagonists find an Alpha Vampire, an original. The creature has an autopsy. The skin is scaly and covered in hieroglyphs. Egyptian hieroglyphs. Its fangs are akin to a serpent. Hmm! I thought it was a very interesting concept. Dorian Grey also featured heavily in the show, as did Spring-Heeled Jack. The show was subsequently scrapped. I wonder why? I wonder a lot. When an alpha bites it infects. A made vampire in folklore is actually infected, not born a vampire, so when it rises from the dead it could almost be considered a Zombie. It is rumoured that archeologists have unearthed many plague pits across Europe and UK and in those mass graves the corpses were beheaded and had punctures to the chest area. I once read an article about this very subject. The piece outlined that indeed during the middle ages and before this was quite frequently practiced. Was it merely superstition? I certainty never learned this at school, it was not in the curriculum. I will research this subject more.🐯👍 Halloween, it is near Fun, dressing up, people are queer Celebrating and partying, reverie in darkness, entice Hollywood, sins, orgies and sacrifice Moloch, possession, and black eyes, such folly Misery, pain, pleasure, and melancholy Perversion, casting couch, a tug of the hair Demons, persuasive, cold crispy air Magicians, black mirrors, visions projected Child actors, extortion, black mail, not protected A cabal, a circle, a ring, a brotherhood Preying on youth, in every neighbourhood Monsters, bogey men, moonlight, and tears Vampirism, blood thirst, thousands of years Druidism, skull and bones, esoteric teaching Technology, 5G, A net, A web, ever reaching By Leo💓👍🐯 #leo'sesotericprose #Adrenochrome

  6. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY." (I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Li Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY." (I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Like, the ancient Egyptians would look at this cover and say, "That's a bit much." It was awful.) Okay, so the book itself isn't bad, really - hence my rating of two stars, which Goodreads classifies as "it was ok." That's what the book is: just okay. Maybe I would have been more thrilled by the story if I hadn't seen the movie - even though there's stuff in the book that didn't make it into the movie, none of it is particularly thrilling. At least the movie made the wise decision to keep the blatant, in-your-face-but-unacknowledged homoeroticism (seriously, this book is, and I mean this in the most literal way possible, the gayest thing I've ever read) but changed the fact that a) Claudia is only five years old in the book and b) she and Louis do everything except actually have sex with each other. They're always kissing and caressing each other and Louis is calling her his lover and his paramour and it is so fucking creepy. But, lest we forget, vampire books are supposed to be creepy. In these post-Twilight days, it's easy to forget that there was once a time where vampires fucked and killed and were a general amoral all-around good time, and if one of them chose to be all broody and sad about being a vampire he was the weird one that no one else wanted to hang out with. God, I miss those days - to the point where I considered giving this an extra star, just because I was so grateful to read a story about vampires who do actual vampire stuff and it's sexy and scary instead of boring and schmoopy. Also good was how in-depth Rice goes into the psychology of vampires, and I loved her explanation for why they haven't overrun the planet: most vampires are miserable, and end up killing themselves. Explains Armand, who I will continue to picture as Antonio Banderas and you can't stop me: "How many vampires do you think have the stamina for immortality? They have the most dismal notions of immortality to begin with. For in becoming immortal they want all the forms of their life to be fixed as they are and incorruptible...When, in fact, all things change except the vampire himself; everything except the vampire is subject to constant corruption and distortion. Soon, with an inflexible mind, and often even with the most flexible mind, this immortality becomes a penitential sentence in a madhouse of figures and forms that are hopelessly unintelligible and without value. One evening a vampire rises and realizes what he has feared perhaps for decades, that he simply wants no more of life at any cost." That part was pretty cool. But as for the rest, I'll just watch the movie, thanks. Or not, because if we're going to be honest I don't even like the movie that much. It's probably time to admit to myself that I have no interest in reading about/watching any vampires not created by Joss Whedon. Sorry, Ms. Rice, but if my vampires must be broody, I at least want them to be funny and charming too. (or Alexander Skarsgard, because god damn)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1), Anne Rice This is the story of 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 hu Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1), Anne Rice This is the story of 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. Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires--a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined. Originally begun as a short story, the book took off as Anne wrote it, spinning the tragic and triumphant life experiences of a soul. As well as the struggles of its characters, Interview captures the political and social changes of two continents. The novel also introduces Lestat, Anne's most enduring character, a heady mixture of attraction and revulsion. The book, full of lush description, centers on the themes of immortality, change, loss, sexuality, and power. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2010 میلادی عنوان: م‍ص‍اح‍ب‍ه‌ ب‍ا خ‍ون‌‌آش‍ام‌؛ نویسنده: آن‍ی‌ ری‍ک‌؛ مت‍رج‍م‍: م‍ج‍ی‍د م‍ی‍رب‍زرگ‍ی‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: مدیران امروز‏‫‏‏، 1387؛ در 407 ص؛ شابک 978600907237؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20م کتاب را با عنوان فارسی پیدا نکردم؛ این داستان «لوئیس» است، به گفته ی خودش، سفر وی، از زندگی میرا، به زندگی جاودانه است؛ «لوئیس» بازگو میکند که چگونه وی به دست «لستات» شیطان صفت، تبدیل به یک «خون آشام» میشود، و اینکه چگونه «لستات» او را، ناخواسته، خون آشام کرده است؛ داستان «لوئیس» در خیابانهای «نیواورلئان» جاری میشود، و لحظه های گرانمایه ای در پنهان خویش دارد؛ «لوئیس» از کودک خردسال گمشده، با نام: «کلودیا» سخن میگوید، که دلش میخواست کودک صدمه نبیند، بلکه او را با آخرین نفسهای انسانی خویش، که هنوز در درونش بود، میخواست تسکین دهد با اینحال، او «کلودیا» را، یک خون آشام میکند، شور و اشتیاق و شعور زنانه ی کودکی کوچک او را به دام میاندازد؛ «لوئیس» و «کلودیا» یک اتحاد به ظاهر ناگسستنی را، شکل میدهند؛ «لوئیس» مبارزات «کلودیا» برای درک خویشتن، و نفرتیکه هر دو نسبت به « لستات» دارند را، به یاد میآورد، و اینکه چگونه «لستات» آنها را، به نیمی از جهان میفرستد، تا دیگرانی را از نوع خود، جستجو کنند؛ «لوئیس» و «کلودیا» ناامید شده اند، تا جایی را که به آن تعلق دارند، پیدا کنند، و دیگرانی را بیابند، که آنها را درک میکنند، و کسی که میداند چیستند و چرا هستند؟ «لوئیس» و «کلودیا» به اروپا سفر میکنند، و سرانجام به «پاریس» میآیند، در تئاتر خون آشامهای پیروز، بازیگران تئاتر خون آشامها، وانمود میکنند، که فانی و خون آشام هستند؛ در اینجا با «آرماند» دیدار میکنند، و او آنها را به جامعه ی خون آشامها میآورد، اما «لوئیس» و «کلودیا» دریافته اند، که پیدا کردن دیگرانی همانند خودشان، هیچ پاسخی ندارد؛ این داستان که نخست به عنوان یک داستان کوتاه آغاز شده بود، همزمان با نگارش آن، خاموش شد، و چرخش تجربه های غم انگیز، و پیروزمندانه ی زندگی یک روح را، به عنوان یک کتاب رقم زد؛ کتاب سرشار از مضامین جاودانگی، تغییر، از دست دادن، تمایلات جنسی، و قدرت را در خود نهفته دارد؛ ا. شربیانی

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ren

    I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story. Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, wh I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story. Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, why he is, what his place is. He wars with lovers, family and friends in his search to define his own life only to discover that nothing he does matters and that everyone is just as lost as he is, an ultimately there are no answers but the ones we make ourselves.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vessey

    I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite. Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :) First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story comes along with a good measure of dark sensuality, I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite. Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :) First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story comes along with a good measure of dark sensuality, which I particularly like. What is more important to me, though, is that it presents, in a very captivating way, problems which have been haunting humanity since for ever. How many people in reality live tortured by guilt and loneliness and feel different than everybody else the way Louis does? Or how many people are tormented by the thought that their looks do not show their true self and that the others are unable to see past the surface? (Claudia). Or how many people are forced to live and suffer with someone they can never quite connect to, out of necessity, loneliness, because they love them despite all, or all three at once? I think many people can relate to the heroes (I should say anti-heroes, really) of this dark tale. What is loneliness? What is the world? What is eternity? What does it mean to be immortal? What is the nature of existence? Is there God? What does it mean to be good? What does it mean to be evil? And which is the bigger evil - to be the actual committer of a crime or to allow it? What is life, what is death? It speaks not only of, and the value of, life and death of humans as individuals, but of the life and death of beliefs, values, possibilities. It is told through the POV of one narrator, but it has a really big scope. Anne Rice shows an amazing skill in reflecting people's feelings and struggles. What is fiction if not a mirror to reality? Two opposite concepts which are not that opposite, after all. Every creation of art is a message born out of its creator's experience and inner world. Read count: 4

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce. "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." Silence… erm – now what am I supposed to say ? oh yes… "I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce. "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." Silence… erm – now what am I supposed to say ? oh yes… "I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I accuse myself of the following sins." "Go on my son." Okay, here goes. "In the last 23 years I have read 64 true crime books, you know, those sleazy penny dreadfuls about serial killers and all of that, and I have read umpteen books about pop music, but I have not read any Tolstoy, Toni Morrison or Balzac, no Stendahl, no Kafka… no Thomas Pynchon... zero Proust... are you getting the drift here?" Good Christ, thinks the priest, it's one of those. I wouldn't have thought it to look at the fellow. But he's one all right. "No Toni Morrison, are you sure my son?" "None at all, father. I even read Interview with the Vampire, but I didn't read Beloved or the Song of Solomon or Gilead or Middlemarch or The Magic Mountain or any of that stuff." "Yet you know the titles." "Oh yes, I know the titles, father. That's all I know. Just the titles." "Go on then." "Well… also… I think Michael Haneke movies are dull and repetitive. And 2666 is dreadful and I'd rather throw myself off a cliff than sit through anything by Eisenstein, Godard or Fellini. And I realise throwing yourself off a cliff is another sin." "Well you're right about that. You'd better come clean about the rest of it too, I suppose." "Right. Yes. Well." Silence. "This is quite difficult, father. Okay. I never listened to Radiohead." The priest is visibly shocked. "You never listened to Radiohead? The world's greatest band whose OK Computer is poised to wrest the title of all time best rock album from the dead hands of the shibboleths of the sixties for ever?" "Yes Father, that Radiohead." "You never even heard them? At all?" "No Father. For these and all my other sins that I cannot now remember, I am truly sorry, firmly resolve not to sin again and humbly ask pardon of God, and of you, Father, counsel, penance and absolution". "Well, I've heard some things, as you do, when you're a priest, I can tell you. But this…. Well, at the very least, you must read three Toni Morrisons, go and buy AND listen to OK Computer AND Kid A, and buy AND view the boxed set of Werner Herzog which is on Amazon for a reasonable price. And don't leave it another 23 years again." "O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin." "Out you go then, skedaddle." Whew, that was awful. But it had to be done. Fancy mentioning Interview with the Vampire. I could have said something else, like Jack Kerouac, that's bad enough. Oh the shame. Well, he's probably heard worse. Oh well. Hmm, Radiohead can't be that bad, can they?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shovelmonkey1

    Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window. Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky lo Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window. Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky look), we seem to be moving further away from the more traditional imagery. That said, R-Patz (see I know the lingo, I listen to the kids) appears to be dead from the eyeballs down in many scenes and is probably as wooden as the stake which should be used to pin him back into his eternal resting place, so not all elements of the vampire legend have been entirely done away with. Interview with the Vampire was almost solely responsible (see Lost Boys for its partner in crime) for spawning the epidemic known as the great vampire obsession of the late 20th century or at the very least a huge resurgence in the interest in vampire myth and lore. Ok, ok Bram Stoker deserves a big old nod for originally bringing us the whole idea of wing-ed blood suckers who like nothing more than a snooze in a wooden box and a brisk sea journey to the north-east coast of England. Or if you like we can go a bit further back and point the sharp end of the stake at Sheridan Le Fanu for his sapphic vampires which featured in his collection of short stories "In a Glass Darkly". Whoever you'd like to blame for it, you have to admit they were onto a good wheeze. The romance of immortality fuelled by the go-juice of another human being (it goes down easier if you just think of it as a sort of clotted Slim-Fast meal) seems to have had a weirdly kinky appeal which has garnered it a fan base of millions. Lets break it down and see what there really is to like about being a vampire. Eternal life - obviously gets a big tick but then it does depend who you get stuck with. If you end like Louis, locked in a bitter battle of wills with the sadistic Lestat, then eternity is going to seem like, well.... an eternity. Drinking blood - readily available, free (therefore credit crunch chic), nutritious and virtually calorie free. It's simple: Live fast, die young, drink blood and have a good looking and upwardly mobile corpse. (WARNING: don't try this at home- this review is not suggesting that a diet of blood will ever do you any favours, nor is it condoning "borrowing" the blood of people who are not you). Alternatively, forever is a long time to go without a solid meal and you know you'll eventually start complaining that dinner always tastes the same. Flight/ surprisingly speedy turns of movement - being super fast is a handy skill to have if you need to face the pacey modern lifestyle of the 21st century. Queue jumping, being first in the door at the Harvey Nichols January Sales and avoiding having to sit in economy class during flights are all things which would improve my life. Sleeping in a coffin - compact and bijoux if you live in a tiny inner city apartment where you're kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom are all practically the same room. Why not drape your coffin with an attractive throw and turn it into a table for night-time use? On the downside no one ever said eternal rest would be a comfortable one. Interview with the Vampire takes itself pretty seriously (a lot more seriously than this review), and despite the fact Louis' hand wringing and tortured immortal soul act did start to grate on me towards the end, overall I enjoyed this and was able to stop raising my eye brows long enough to appreciate the detail and originality of the story. Fangs for the great story Anne!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gaijinmama

    I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention. Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires. It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned ou I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention. Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires. It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned out to be even better. Rice's characters are among the most compelling ever created in fiction. Louis with his constant moral conflicts and philosophical musings, Lestat with his naughty Bad Boy Bloodsucking Attitude and sarcasm (which Tom Cruise did really well in the film..though Lestat is definitely supposed to be taller!). Claudia with her keen intelligence and relentless anger at having been trapped for eternity in a child's body. Armand for being..at this stage of the series anyway...such a deep, dark, sexy enigma. Rice was the first author to make her vampires complex enough to keep my attention and, more importantly, make me actually **LIKE** them as they go around ripping people's throats out. My favorite character however, has got to be the City of New Orleans, the true star of this show. I'm sure I'm nowhere near the first reader who has been inspired by Rice's books to visit this special, unique city and wander through the French Quarter and the Garden District. Rice knows and loves her city, and that feeling is infectious. I'm a sucker for well-developed characters, but in this book and the rest of Rice's work, it's the setting that draws me in most of all. The indelible image of Antonio almost kissing Brad doesn't hurt either

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Shores

    "Wow, I didn't see that coming as this book is some kinda Vampire Bible and Lestat is well known." — Orient's response to my lack of enthusiasm for IWTV which can be summed up in three words... OH. MY. GOSH. So, you've been whining about your life as a vampire for how many hundreds of years now, Louis? We get it. You weren't given much of a choice and Lestat wasn't a good "daddy". Please get over it already, you undead baby! 😱 To be fair, I must state that my expectations for Interview with the V "Wow, I didn't see that coming as this book is some kinda Vampire Bible and Lestat is well known." — Orient's response to my lack of enthusiasm for IWTV which can be summed up in three words... OH. MY. GOSH. So, you've been whining about your life as a vampire for how many hundreds of years now, Louis? We get it. You weren't given much of a choice and Lestat wasn't a good "daddy". Please get over it already, you undead baby! 😱 To be fair, I must state that my expectations for Interview with the Vampire were probably too high, hence, my slight disappointment. Now that that's out of the way... ...my biggest issue with the book was the format, i.e., the "interview". Perhaps it's an unfair criticism, but I almost felt like it was cheating somehow, and it is this style of story presentation that allowed Louis to drone on and on and on and on. He literally told the interviewer that he needed to start at the beginning. And so he did. However, Louis was allowed to tell his story with virtually NO interruptions or questions from the interviewer. I'm talking HOURS here. That's just unrealistic in an interview situation. So, during that time, the book would lapse into the common first-person POV, totally making you forget that this was an interview. And Louis gave way more personal insight (imho) than you would give in an interview, if that makes sense... And then there's Lestat... Having only seen the movie, I didn't remember Lestat being portrayed as awful as Louis made him out to be; therefore, I was disappointed in his seemingly total lack of character. But I've been assured by TL that The Vampire Lestat will change my mind, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. After all, Anne Rice is a great writer and I love vampires. Overall, looking past the interview format (which may bother only me) and Louis' whining (which should bother everyone), the book was really good. The yearning for understanding, acceptance and relationship is important to everyone, even vampires, and Louis' story is one worth reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    3 Stars I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”! *snores* My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone for me, entirely. And to be fair, they never held much in 3 Stars I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”! *snores* My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone for me, entirely. And to be fair, they never held much interest for me in the first place. You can keep your Stefan Salvatores, your Angels, your Louises… I want the monsters with no conscience. The monsters who destroy everything with a fangid smile on their blood-drenched face. The poisoned parody of human version of vampires, that’s the ticket to this ghoul’s heart. And I know there is an argument for Lestat, or Claudia, filling that void (and they did, in a distant way) but I didn’t get enough of them to feel satisfied. This story is told from the perspective of Louis, and while it strives to pull away and make history feel like present day it never succeeded at actually pulling me from that dimly lit kitchen into the history he was sharing. I would argue that the movie does a better job of this because it forces you out of the kitchen, with its visual nature. Now none of this is me saying I didn’t like Interview with the Vampire, I just didn’t love it. Not like I love the movie in any case. For me, Claudia was the most interesting character. She was horrifying and monstrous, the way child vampires tend to be in any story. A child vampire is simply more terrifying than any adult vampire can ever be. They are immortally trapped in an age of innocence, while her mind could grow and learn and become exceedingly adult her body would never be able to catch up. She is cursed with a life of appearing “cute” no matter how monstrous and dark her soul and nature becomes. Horrifying shit, that. There is also a selfishness to children which is amplified by bloodlust, which never seems to fully disappear. I enjoyed the way this was portrayed, as I said, but I was too disconnected from her to get my fill of this child-shaped horrorshow. This is Louis’ story and with all his inner turmoil over damnation and curses…. What is the point in living forever just to mope and brood eternally? Nothing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book. But there you go. I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection... Yeah. This was pretty much crap. Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics. Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pettus

    Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicult Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicultural founding of America as it is a tale about vampires, it is this tale that forever entwined this particular horror staple with the dandiness of the Southern Gothic style, a union that wasn't so obvious before Rice, lest we forget. Ignore all the cruddier and cruddier sequels if you want, definitely skip the dumbed-down movie version, but it's worth remembering that the original Interview was inventive and popular enough to inspire all those derivative tales in the first place.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    Halfway through reading this one, it occurred to me that I read Interview with a Vampire in high school, but it left so little impression that I promptly forgot about it until 16 or so years later when, as I was reading it again, I began to recall some of it as I went along. This is a cerebral treatment of the vampire genre, an examination of good vs evil, what immortality really means, the first of its kind in "vampire books" and an allegory of the soul itself. It is all of those things, but it Halfway through reading this one, it occurred to me that I read Interview with a Vampire in high school, but it left so little impression that I promptly forgot about it until 16 or so years later when, as I was reading it again, I began to recall some of it as I went along. This is a cerebral treatment of the vampire genre, an examination of good vs evil, what immortality really means, the first of its kind in "vampire books" and an allegory of the soul itself. It is all of those things, but it's not very fun to read. The pace drags along and, for being a horror novel, it's not horrific, mainly dull. Now, as back in high school, I wanted more information about what happened to Louis's brother at the very start. Rice hints at paranormal interference on the stairs and in the brother's religious vision, but the truth is never revealed. Maybe I have to dig through subsequent novels to find out what happened. That is the start of Louis' troubles, the lynch pin of the whole book and Rice just glosses over it. (view spoiler)[If he had not lost his brother, he would not have been undone by grief, and then he wouldn't have wandered the streets and been found by Lestat. (hide spoiler)] I also was unimpressed by Louis's self professed "sensitivity" to life. It all combined to make him into an unending complainer. "People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don't know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult." pg 14, ebook. He monologues like that a lot as the book is set up as an interview, which I didn't mind too much, but I could have done without for the last third. I mean, at that point, we know the kid with the tape recorder is there. I wanted to get lost in the story but we're never really allowed to because we're always flashing back and forth. It's difficult to enjoy a book when you don't really like the main character. "I lived like a man who wanted to die but who had no courage to do it himself. I walked black streets and alleys alone; I passed out in cabarets. ... And then I was attacked. It might have been anyone- and my invitation was open to sailors, thieves, maniacs, anyone. But it was a vampire." pg 13, ebook. Interview with the Maniac just doesn't have the same ring, does it. And yet, I might read it. :) Rice's vampires are emotionless, except for Louis who is seemingly exploding with sensitivity and angst: "By morning, I realized that I was his complete superior and I had been sadly cheated in having him for a teacher. ... I felt cold towards him. I had no contempt in superiority. Only a hunger for new experience ... Lestat was of no use." pg 29, ebook. Or later with Claudia: "I even conceived a savage jealousy of the dollmaker to whom she'd confided her request for that tinkling diminutive lady, because that dollmaker had for a moment given her something which she held close to herself in my presence as if I were not there at all." pg 176, ebook. On and on it goes. Lestat doesn't understand him. Lestat's a boor. Lestat this, Lestat that. Claudia's out of control. Claudia too much like Lestat, Claudia's too much like him.... Louis has eternity to explore the world and everything in it, and he chooses to hang out with the two people who makes him nuts. But, I hear you say, Lestat created him so he had control over him and he couldn't leave Claudia because she was like an eternal child, wasn't she? etc. (view spoiler)[Also created by Lestat, Claudia doesn't waste much time putting up with his nonsense. (hide spoiler)] So, separation was possible. Louis was simply too "sensitive" to do what was necessary. Anyway, between the whining, the incomplete background information, and black/white view of good and evil, I did not enjoy Interview with the Vampire nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Perhaps I will revise my view if I read the rest of the series, but just thinking about digging into it makes me feel tired so I'm not sure that I'll ever get that. Maybe I was ruined on this book by reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I surprisingly loved (until the painfully awful final ones, skip those). Jump into Charlaine Harris' novels for some vampire brain candy, save Anne Rice for the more serious, contemplative mood as it is considered a classic and beloved by many- just not me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the novel. That being said though, the ending was as b I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the novel. That being said though, the ending was as bad as the movie’s. An absorbing, yet disappointing, story The novel is the kind you storm through to reach the end. I still felt the pull even though I knew the outcome. The journalist quizzes Louis on certain aspects of his story, which were supposed reflections of what the reader was thinking. It’s like the author new the questions that would be born and intercepted them before they could be asked. But, some of them were far too naïve and far to0 predictable. Overall though, it creates a show rather than tell fell; there is no narrator giving us awkward amounts of knowledge on the complexities of vampirism. Instead there is Louis telling us his life story in a conversational, and confiding, manner to an idiot journalist who barely understands it as signified by the ending. I wanted to slap the guy with the predictable response he gave at the end. Moreover, the life Louis has lived is complicated by his duality of nature. Inside him there is a war going on between his vampire body and his human soul. He is a vampire that loathes killing and wishes that he could teach his creator, Lestat, to be more like himself. He looks back on his life in a retrospective tone and understands the decisions he made with more wisdom and experience. He can see his creator for the bloodthirsty killer he is, but more importantly he can also see him for what he isn’t. This was a good dynamic but, again, the ending let me down. A manipulative creator, and a weak protagonist Lestat fears losing Louis, for all his coldness he still feels one human emotion: loneliness. He will bind Louis to him anyway he can, with whoever he can. So, together the pair ends up making a vampire out of a little girl. There is no denying Louis interesting life, but the man lacks any form of a backbone. He is so easily led first by Lestat and then by a little girl. He just doesn’t stand up for himself in anyway. I think he is a very weak vampire, not because of his human soul but because of his lack of courage. He should have left Lestat very early on or stayed with him forever. Claudia was braver than Louis could ever be. “I lived like a man who wanted to die but who had no courage to do it himself.” Despite knowing the ending in advance, and still being excited to reach it, the final payoff was as disappointing as the movie version. I was hoping the book ending would be stronger. I think the author spent too much time trying to work up room for a sequel than closing this book in a memorable way. The ending was just rather poor, and made me decide not to pick up another book in this series. I enjoyed this book to an extent, but I know I wouldn’t enjoy the next. I think this is one of those very, very, rare cases when the movie is actually better than the book. A weak 2 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

    *** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars *** . .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!** To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to capture the essence of the story to a cinematic degree *** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars *** . .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!** To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to capture the essence of the story to a cinematic degree, in my humble opinion they fell short in regards to the characters themselves. And boy did some of the castings have me scratching my head...Most notably, Armand. So will I continue reading the series ? . . . Hell Yes! I'm hooked!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it? Yep. This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, noth Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it? Yep. This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, nothing exciting, nothing to make me want to find out what happens. I finished this simply because I was knitting stuff and running errands, and I might as well listen to something while I did that, but mostly I just zoned out, especially towards the end. Impressive endorsement, eh? So, OK, here's the book, Cliffs Notes version: There is a vampire giving an interview to a mortal "boy", telling his life story. (By the way, aside from the novelty of finding out that there ARE actually vampires, I have no idea why this boy sat all night listening to this vampire. He seemed interested... but by what?) Anyway, so, this vampire tells his life (or undead) story: A vampire met him, coveted his property, turned him, moved in, manipulated him and was a general, all around jerkface. Our narrator vamp, Louis, whines a lot. Gets all existential-y a lot. Whines some more about existential stuff. Questions everything: Where do I come from? What is my purpose? Why do we need to kill to feed? Who made vampires? God? Satan? Bob the Builder? Are there more of us? Why is killing PEOPLE so much awesomer than killing animals? Why is killing some people (read: pretty ones) awesomer still than killing some other (read: not pretty ones) people? Why do I ask so many questions? OK, I threw that last one in there. He should have asked it, though. I mean holy crap on a stick, he's got The Life™: he's rich, and smart about investing so will likely remain that way, handsome, and immortal, which all amounts to him being able to do whatever the hell he wants to for as long as he wants to. Yet all he does is WHINE and ponder the meaning of life... or undeath. Because, you know, humans have it all figured out. /snark. Anyway, plot summary continued: Lestat continues being a jerk, and adds a 3rd to their happy family, a child. Who will remain a child forever and ever and ever... except in her mind. (Oh the bitterness and anger and existentialism and questions... They never end!!) The two turnees don't like Lestat (because he's a jerkface, remember?) and so they plot their method of getting him out of the way and going on their merry way to find their own answers. They travel around and find zombie vampires, ask some more questions about them... travel more, and then they find more vampires! Wooo! Finally, something like progress! Only... these vampires are also boring fucking paper wastes. They are all existential-y too, only their subject of choice is technically death rather than existence. So, again, a rehash of What It All Means™... You get the point by now, right? I mean MY point, because I still don't think the book has one. Frank Muller reading the audio helped me to get through this. Anne Rice has diarrhea of the pen when it comes to detail, and her pen only writes in one color: Purple. Her purple pen has put me off of quite a few of her other books, and would have put me off this one too, had I not been able to find something shiny and zone out for a good 20 minutes at a time while she described a door, or moon reflection on the water, or the texture of the smell of velvet or some such. Shiny thing, you saved my sanity. Thank you. Anyway... I don't know why I continue to attempt Anne Rice. I think it's because so many people love her books, and there are so many of them, that I rationalize that the next one will probably be better. Except... no. It's not. Or maybe it's just ME, and I just don't like her. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. I think this will be my last attempt though. At some point, one just has to admit defeat and move on. I've finished two of Rice's books, ever, out of a combined 7 or 8 or so attempts, if I remember correctly, and I didn't like either of them. Fail. Halloween October 2011: #9

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again. This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight -- got me longing for Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again. This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight -- got me longing for a good Vampire fix again, something well written, something weighty, something inventive, something that was targeted for an audience with literary tastes rather than your regular purveyor of pop culture. The hunt was on. My mind slipped straight through its familiar fondness for Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and dismissed her work as the wrong place to go to find my fix. After all, can you get more pop-culture than the Vampire Chronicles when you're talking about Vampires (besides the aforementioned)? So I found myself going to the source of all great Vampire work -- Bram Stoker. I started peeking at Dracula late in the night when the rest of my day was done and the kids were in bed, or after True Blood was finished on the movie channel. Dracula was as excellent as I remembered, but it didn't come close to satisfying my craving. Earlier this week, though, I found myself looking at my shelves and there, again, was Interview With the Vampire. This time, without a thought, without any hesitation, I picked it up and dove in. I'd forgotten how good Interview With the Vampire is. It is not just a piece of pop culture fluff (although it certainly became a pop culture event after its publication). It is a surprisingly well written masterpiece of depth and feeling. Anne Rice may have written some poor stories before and since Interview With the Vampire, but those stories don’t change the fact that she is a damn good writer (unlike Harris or Meyers who, despite their popularity and entertainment value, are mere hacks in comparison to Rice). Her prose is clear, clean and evocative of emotions and sensations, breathing undeniable life into the story of her undead hero, Louis. She writes so beautifully about Louis that it is almost impossible not to find oneself believing his story is true. I want there to be a majestically handsome Creole vampire who consciously struggles with the cost of his immortality because of his human beliefs. I want there to be a tormented vampire whose visions of love transcend human morals and concerns, who can love a nihilistic child vampire, a seemingly sadistic master vampire and a brooding but gorgeous male vampire differently but with equal intensity. And I want there to be a vampire so wrapped up in his own journey of undead discovery that the concerns of human history float past him like a stick sliding unnoticed under a bridge. Louis feels the world, his world, so richly, loves humans so deeply, thirsts for human creation so intensely that he -- in his interview -- can convey nothing other than his lust for life and all that is living. And that is Rice’s gift to us: the declaration that living life intensely, whatever that life may consist of, is the most important thing we can do. I think I might have received that message from her twenty years ago, and I’ve been trying to live it ever since. I hope I am alive in twenty more years to revisit Louis and test my living against his call to feel. I wonder how I will have done by then.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    The writing in this book is beautiful. Ms. Rice can describe a scene with alluring clarity. The story itself is unlike any other I have read in the vampire genre. I will absolutely be continuing with this series, but not right away. Too many reading obligations at the moment. I am looking forward to the next chapter in this story. 3.75 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This is one of those books that I’ve wanted to read for ages but always put off because I’m scared it won’t meet my expectations. I’m really glad I finally read it because it absolutely surpassed my expectations and I loved it! What I loved most about this book is how it started with a slow burn and it felt like my body was slowly being drawn into a dreamlike state. And it was such a magnificent feeling! This is definitely one of THE best vampire books I’ve ever read and I’m so glad I finally go This is one of those books that I’ve wanted to read for ages but always put off because I’m scared it won’t meet my expectations. I’m really glad I finally read it because it absolutely surpassed my expectations and I loved it! What I loved most about this book is how it started with a slow burn and it felt like my body was slowly being drawn into a dreamlike state. And it was such a magnificent feeling! This is definitely one of THE best vampire books I’ve ever read and I’m so glad I finally got up the courage to read it. Anne Rice has such a captivating writing style, it’s beautifully poetic and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly

    Anne Rice's vampire chronicles made me love reading books. I mean, it didn't exactly start there. I can go back further in my childhood to other books, but as a "young adult" in my late teens, this series nailed it for me. I was captivated. They stayed with me and I thought about them for DAYS, weeks even. In retrospect, it was probably my first experience of "book depression." I wanted Lestat to turn me into a vampire. I think he was my first book boyfriend. This is my first re-read since the 90 Anne Rice's vampire chronicles made me love reading books. I mean, it didn't exactly start there. I can go back further in my childhood to other books, but as a "young adult" in my late teens, this series nailed it for me. I was captivated. They stayed with me and I thought about them for DAYS, weeks even. In retrospect, it was probably my first experience of "book depression." I wanted Lestat to turn me into a vampire. I think he was my first book boyfriend. This is my first re-read since the 90s, I think, and it didn't hold up as well as I'd hoped. Louis is a dreadful vampire. He has as much self-loathing as Bill Compton from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sheesh. I found it dreadful to read from his POV. He hated being a vampire and was so melodramatic. I like to read about unapologetic vampires who thrive and are confident and kick-ass. This is NOT that kind of story. It does read like a "new" classic with lots of literary phrases and descriptions. It's well-written as a historical novel about an earlier Louisiana and France in the 1800s. It has a certain appeal. But I think that Louis is insufferable as a leading man. Claudia shines with what she is given. Lestat is sort of a villainous caricature here (readers know he is fleshed out in future books and becomes much more complex than any of the vampires in this series, for better or worse). I am not sure I will read this one again because it's just ... kind of boring to me now. Maybe I've outgrown it? I think I like a little more bite in my vampire books now.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    So, before vampires became the dream catch of teen girls, there was Lestat the magnificent creation of Anne Rice. It was this take on vampires that—arguably—pulled them out from the horror genre and into the romance main stream. And how did Rice do that? By letting the vampire be the protagonist. The idea of letting the monster speak was hardly a new concept when Interview with the Vampire hit the shelves. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein monster was sort of talkative, trying to explain himself all a So, before vampires became the dream catch of teen girls, there was Lestat the magnificent creation of Anne Rice. It was this take on vampires that—arguably—pulled them out from the horror genre and into the romance main stream. And how did Rice do that? By letting the vampire be the protagonist. The idea of letting the monster speak was hardly a new concept when Interview with the Vampire hit the shelves. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein monster was sort of talkative, trying to explain himself all along, but he was still the antagonist, the force that needed destruction. On the contrary, in Rice's book, once the bloodsucker starts talking… he never stops. This novel-- mostly written in first-person-- is devoted to one particular blood loving, pale looking being: Louis de Pointe du Lac, a two-hundred-year-old vampire. The story starts as he tells a journalist (and us by default) about his life from the moment before becoming a vampire to the present time. The whole thing only takes him from nightfall to the following dawn, but it took Rice nearly two years to complete the book. Lucky for us, throughout Louis interview, the journalist’s tape recorder keeps running and the story never gets dull. Cleverly, Rice turns vampires into erotic, conflicted, three dimensional creatures with emotions that only run stronger because they have been transformed from human to vampire. And much like Frankenstein’s monster they are also in search of a reason for their existence. Why and how vampires came to be? The question remains unsolved in this first book of a long series, but it's not left unasked, as it is the force behind Louis and Lestat—even if he would never accepted such weakness—actions and desires. I read the book first when it came out and I love it. I re-read it recently and still found it entertaining and surprising, and that is despite the nearly two-decade long fest of sexy vampires started by Twilight that has let me a strong vampire-hypersensitivity.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Marcos

    I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one. I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins. Let me give you an example: My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "E" I also like how the I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one. I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins. Let me give you an example: My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "E" I also like how the "W" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "W" I also like how the "R" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "R" I also like how the "T" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "T" I also like how the "Y" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Y" I also like how the "U" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "U" I also like how the "I" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "I" Yes, it is THAT repetitive. The characters ramble and ramble and ramble and ramble about things that 1.- Do not make sense with the story 2.- Have been said a thousand times before 3.- Are beautiful, everything in this book is beaitiful, the flowers are beautiful and she describes them for 7 pages, the windows is beautiful, the coin on the floor is beautiful, the moth documentary is beautiful.... it makes me want to kill myself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    5/5 INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and its sequel THE VAMPIRE LESTAT remain the two best vampire novels ever made, IMHO. I know the series continues on for a dozen books afterward but, I'll be honest, with the exception of MEMNOCH THE DEVIL I don't think any of them ever rises above "good" while the first two will always be great. Far be it me to criticize one of my all time favorite authors but at some point, Anne Rice forgot that being a vampire was ultimately tragic. Given the third book had them 5/5 INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and its sequel THE VAMPIRE LESTAT remain the two best vampire novels ever made, IMHO. I know the series continues on for a dozen books afterward but, I'll be honest, with the exception of MEMNOCH THE DEVIL I don't think any of them ever rises above "good" while the first two will always be great. Far be it me to criticize one of my all time favorite authors but at some point, Anne Rice forgot that being a vampire was ultimately tragic. Given the third book had them fighting a millennia old omnicidal Pharaoh, I think we can say that was when the series lost its way (but still had some cool bits). I feel kind of strange bothering to review the book but it occurs to me that there's plenty of people in the modern world (versus the dark, tragic, and brooding era of the nineties from which I come from--oohhh angst and woe!) that might not have picked this book up because vampires have over-saturated the media. Vampires that are ripped off from Anne Rice, specifically, have over-saturated the media. But, having re-read this novel--it's still damned good. It's a simple enough tale, Louis the vampire tells his story of how he was turned into one of the undead by Lestat and how his (un)life was pretty much downhill from then on. At one point, they try to repair their relationship by having a child but Claudia proves to be far more psychotic than both of them put together. Louis is the ultimate tragic vampire because while he feels guilt over what he's done, he's still a monster and not secretly a good guy. At the end of the day, he's a killer and prefers to live another day eating people versus meeting the sun. That's why it's a tragedy versus "living forever is awesome!" I think what makes Anne Rice's prose so effective is that it really gets into the nitty gritty of what a vampire's life would be and captures a lot of what you might think about. Louis starts the story in the pre-Revolutionary part of American history, specifically New Orleans, and we get to follow the centuries pass him by. None of it particularly matters to him because he's not fighting against the British or in the Civil War, he's just living his life from night to night. History passes the vampire along and that is a striking idea which we don't really appreciate until we take a moment to think about it. I also have to give credit to Anne Rice for the fact the book is incredibly potent because of its small cast: there's really only a handful of characters in the book and we get to know all of them extremely well. There's Louis, Lestat, Claudia, and Armand with almost no one else mattering. Lestat would eventually take over the Vampire Chronicles, perhaps not to the series' misfortune, but he is a very charismatic figure even when he's being repulsive. Claudia is more of a Maguffin than a character but her wild and free expression of life without remorse is its own story. The real heart of the book is existentialism and what do you do for meaning in a life seemingly without meaning. Louis remains Catholic in his misery and guilt despite the fact he has no more proof (some might argue even less) than regular mortals in the existence of God. Lestat is determined to live a life of pleasure despite the fact it remains ultimately meaningless. Claudia's life is joyful until she realizes she's trapped in a life defined by two men who used her for emotional fulfillment. Her writing is also something I feel the need to comment on. It flows gently across the page, establishing each scene and how it feels. When Anne Rice is at her best, you feel how it reads for lack of a better term. We understand the melancholy but also the violence, anger, and other intense emotions that play across the book's pages. I've only known a few other authors who invoke those kinds of feelings. There's many classic moments in the book that stick with me years later. I think one of the best was when Louis and Claudia journey to Transylvania (or at least Romania) and encounter the disgusting zombie-like undead of myth. Its a moment where they realize no one is better at being a vampire than themselves and lose all hope--perhaps too soon or not as completely as they should have. Much of the book was made as a reaction to the imitators of Dracula beforehand and while Anne wasn't the only one to improve on the vampire formula, she remains the best. I think this is one of those seminal novels of the genre which every fan of the supernatural, horror, and urban fantasy (though it's not the latter--it certainly influenced it) should check out. Yes, a lot of it is going to be familiar to people who are coming at it after a wave of imitators but that's not Anne Rice's fault. It's about as close to an authentic literary novel about the undead as exists past Dracula itself. Frankly, yes, you could also just watch the movie that manages to capture virtually the entirety of the book's appeal but I have a different suggestion: watch it *and* read the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kristoff

    Disclaimer: I was pretty young when I first met this book. If I was young today (sniff) I'd probably have been called an emo, but back then they called us goths. And truth be told, I was actually a metalhead who just liked (and thus, hung around) the goth girlies, but what the fuck does that have to do with Goodreads... Point is, this is One Of Those Books for me. The ones that comes along at a certain point in your life and kinda change the way you see the world. I must've read it half a dozen t Disclaimer: I was pretty young when I first met this book. If I was young today (sniff) I'd probably have been called an emo, but back then they called us goths. And truth be told, I was actually a metalhead who just liked (and thus, hung around) the goth girlies, but what the fuck does that have to do with Goodreads... Point is, this is One Of Those Books for me. The ones that comes along at a certain point in your life and kinda change the way you see the world. I must've read it half a dozen times over the course of my life, and there's maybe a handful of books that can claim that (dubious) prize. So, this is a book about VAMPIRES. Not the sparkly perfect boyfriend kind. Not the kind who plays baseball and goes to highschool. And I know the T-series is an easy target these days, but it's (inexplicably) the benchmark by which most readers measure vampire novels, so in this case, it's fair game. This is a book about the kind of vampires who slowly erode over the centuries, whose humanity gently withers and dies, whose good intentions gradually give way to the monster inside. It's a story about the battle with hunger, and how on a long enough timeline, the hunger always wins. It's a book about immortality. Scouring off the glimmering sheen that lies in the ideal of living forever, and exploring the crushing reality of a life unending. Watching everything you knew, the world in which you grew up, washed away one decade at a time. Watching all the things you knew and love wither and fade, while you remain, changeless and deathless, with only the monster inside you for company. It takes the romance of vampirism, an ideal that so many people are in love with, and strips it back to the ugly, parasitic truth. Everything - love, friendship, trust, hope, beauty, aspiration, creativity, EVERYTHING dies on a timeline of forever. Except you and the hunger inside you. This book was written by Anne Rice as a means of coping with tragedy in her own life, and the pathos bleeds from every page. Powerful stuff, my friends. It's certainly not a happy book - don't read it for the luls. But if you feel the need to cast aside your sparklevamps and read a vampire story with a little more depth, this is an awesome place to start.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    “The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.” Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become. This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I got interested in vampires back with "Twilight". But “The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.” Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become. This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I got interested in vampires back with "Twilight". But after reading the Anita Blake series and finding that I really didn't care for most of them, I was honestly afraid with this book. I tried to read a paperback version - and I just couldn't get into it. I tried to listen to an audiobook version - but I had an abridged copy. So I made one final effort to get into this series. And boy, I'm glad I made that one final effort! This book was freaking amazing! I adored it! I really liked the time and effort Rice put into her characters. Louis, Lestat, Claudia, Armand, even minor ones like Babette and Madeleine were well-developed. My favorites were Lestat and Claudia. Lestat was completely manic, the vampire who absolutely adores what he does and doesn't spend a moment considering the consequences. I just really liked how cavalier he was; he made jokes with corpses that were just disturbing - and yet I found myself laughing! (May I just add that Tom Cruise, not necessarily my favorite actor of all time, did a supreme job at playing Lestat in the movie?) And Claudia! I had seen the movie, in which Kirsten Dunst does a great job portraying a 100 year old vampire stuck in a child's body, so I kinda knew what to expect, but the book expands on that, really gives it depth. You feel sorrow, knowing that this grown woman will never have the body that she is on the inside. That she will always be seen as a child, a little girl. The complicated relationship she and Louis have - part lover (don't worry, there is no sex, but there is eroticism), part father-daughter, part creator-creation - just accents this conundrum. I'll be honest; Louis, our main character, really got to be annoying and whiny. But you know, I've always said that I don't have to like a main character to get behind him and be interested in his story, and Louis is definitely that sort of character for me. Sure, I think he's a whiner and a loser and under-motivated, but I was always interested in his story and eager to hear more. The story itself is more of a biography than your typical "beginning-middle-end". There is Louis' desire to understand what he is, his love for Claudia, his guilt for killing so many to feed his body, but mostly, the story is just watching him through time. His interactions with Lestat. His love for Claudia. His journey to Europe to discover what he is. Exploring Transylvania and finally meeting others of his kind in Armand. The writing kinda stumped me when I tried to read the paperback, but the audiobook made it easy to breeze past the rough introduction. It's a bit hard to read a book that's basically one character telling another character a story, but honestly, I've encountered worse. Rice does a good job; the audiobook made it easier for me to imagine that Louis was telling me this story - and I think that is what REALLY helped me "get" this book. There is no doubt I will be checking out "The Vampire Lestat". I absolutely have to get more of Lestat and find out more about this creative world. I can see why this is considered "must read" for lovers of vampire fiction.

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