In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its publication The time is now. We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . . He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir--young, romantic, cultivated--to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into ...
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its publication The time is now. We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . . He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir--young, romantic, cultivated--to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the "superior" sensual pleasures. He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . . We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire--all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child--and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court . . . night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death--a constant stream of vulnerable strangers awaiting them below . . . We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be . . . We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Theatre des Vampires--the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled . . . In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order."
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There was too much time inside Louis's melancholy mind and not enough about the world at large. I preferred The Vampire Lestat because it had a more active narration as opposed to the lament always present in this book.
That said, still well-written.
Mar 16, 2009
Absolute must read!! Tells the story in great detail. Anne Rice is a great "Vampire" storyteller. I would recommend every one read all her books.
Nov 15, 2008
Interview With The Vampire
So good, I've read it twice, and plan to read it again!
Jun 16, 2008
A Must Read!!
This book will absolutely suck you in and you'll never want to put it down (except to read the other books in the series). Anne Rice's amazing use of detail paints a perfect picture in your mind and its like your actually there. You'll fall in love with the handsome vampire Louis as he tells his "life" story to a young, at first unbelieveing reporter. You'll also meet many other interesting characters such as my favorite Lestat (whom you may not like at first but keep reading the books and loving him is inevitable) and the child vampire Claudia. I promis you, you wont regret buying this book, and odds are you'll read it more than once!
Jan 3, 2008
Can't wait to read it again
Anne Rice spins such an intricate story in this book. You are quickly sucked into Louis' world and the thought of leaving it is almost unbearable. There are some points where Anne goes into so much detail that it becomes a little bit of a dry read, but those details are essential to this intricate story. I fell in love with Louis and felt so sorry for him. I fell in love with Lestat, yet hated him so much. I would have to say this is my absolute favorite book. I have read it dozens of times and can't wait to read it again.
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