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Memnoch the Devil Hardcover – July 1, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; First Edition edition (July 1, 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 1299138748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1299138742
  • ASIN: B001E3J6CA
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Anne has spent more of her life in California than in New Orleans, but New Orleans is her true home and provides the back drop for many of her famous novels. The French Quarter provided the setting for her first novel, Interview with the Vampire. And her ante-bellum house in the Garden District was the fictional home of her imaginary Mayfair Witches.

She is the author of over 30 books, most recently the Toby O'Dare novels Of Love and Evil, and Angel Time; the memoir, Called Out of Darkness;and her two novels about Jesus, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. (Anne regards Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana as her best novel.) ---- Under the pen name, A.N. Roquelaure, Anne is the author of the erotic (BDSM) fantasy series, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. Under the pen name Anne Rampling she is the author of two erotic novels, Exit to Eden and Belinda.

Anne publicly broke with organized religion in July of 2010 on moral grounds, affirming her faith in God, but refusing any longer to be called "Christian." The story attracted surprising media attention, with Rice's remarks being quoted in stories all over the world. Anne hopes that her two novels about Jesus will be accepted on their merits by readers and transcend her personal difficulties with religion. "Both my Christ the Lord novels were written with deep conviction and a desire to write the best novels possible about Jesus that were rooted in the bible and in the Christian tradition. I think they are among the best books I've ever been able to write, and I do dream of a day when they are evaluated without any connection to me personally. I continue to get a lot of very favorable feedback on them from believers and non believers. I remain very proud of them."

Anne is very active on her FaceBook Fan Page and has well over a million followers. She answers questions every day on the page, and also posts on a variety of topics, including literature, film, music, politics, religion, and her own writings. Many indie authors follow the page, and Anne welcomes posts that include advice for indie authors. She welcomes discussion there on numerous topics. She frequently asks her readers questions about their response to her work and joins in the discussions prompted by these questions.

Her latest novel, "The Wolves of Midwinter," a sequel to "The Wolf Gift" and part of a werewolf series set in Northern California in the present time, will be published on October 15, 2013. In these books --- The Wolf Gift Chronicles -- Anne returns to the classic monsters and themes of supernatural literature, similar to those she explored in her Vampire Chronicles, and tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her new "man wolf" hero, Reuben Golding, is a talented young man in his twenties who suddenly discovers himself in possession of werewolf powers that catapult him into the life of a comic book style super hero. How Reuben learns to control what he is, how he discovers others who possess the same mysterious "wolf gift," and how he learns to live with what he has become --- is the main focus of the series. "The Wolves of Midwinter" is a big Christmas book --- a book about Christmas traditions, customs, and the old haunting rituals of Midwinter practiced in Europe and in America. It's about how the werewolves celebrate these rituals, as humans and as werewolves. But the book also carries forward the story of Reuben's interactions with his girl friend, Laura, and with his human family, with particular focus on Reuben's father, Phil, and his brother, Jim. As a big family novel with elements of the supernatural, "The Wolves of Midwinter" has much in common with Anne's earlier book, "The Witching Hour." Among the treats of "The Wolves of Midwinter" is a tragic ghost who appears in the great house at Nideck Point, and other "ageless ones" who add their mystery and history to the unfolding revelations that at times overwhelm Reuben.

In October of 2014, with the publication of "Prince Lestat," Anne will be returning to the fabled "Brat Prince" of the Vampire Chronicles, catching up with him in present time. This is the first of several books planned focusing on Lestat's new adventures with other members of the Vampire tribe. When the publication of "Prince Lestat" was announced on Christopher Rice's "The Dinner Party Show," a weekly internet radio broadcast, it made headlines in the US and around the world.

Anne's first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings.

Interview with the Vampire was made into a motion picture in 1994, directed by Neil Jordan, and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas. The film became an international success. Anne's novel, Feast of All Saints about the free people of color of ante-bellum New Orleans became a Showtime mini series in 2001 and is available now on dvd. The script for the mini series by John Wilder was a faithful adaptation of the novel.

Anne Rice is also the author of other novels, including The Witching Hour, Servant of the Bones, Merrick, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle, Violin, and Cry to Heaven. She lives in Palm Desert, California, but misses her home in New Orleans. She hopes to obtain a pied a terre in the French Quarter there some time in the near future.

Anne has this to say of her work: "I have always written about outsiders, about outcasts, about those whom others tend to shun or persecute. And it does seem that I write a lot about their interaction with others like them and their struggle to find some community of their own. The supernatural novel is my favorite way of talking about my reality. I see vampires and witches and ghosts as metaphors for the outsider in each of us, the predator in each of us...the lonely one who must grapple day in and day out with cosmic uncertainty."

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From the first page of this book I was enthralled.
I love the premise and story, and how it moves away from just vampire lives and into heaven and hell, and afterlife issues.
Michael Barnett
Like Milton’s devil, Memnoch is cast in the mold of the fallen hero of Greek tragedies as defined by Aristotle.
Sumiko Saulson

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sumiko Saulson on August 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"Memnoch" and "The Body Thief" are unique in that, unlike the first three of the Vampire Chronicles, they could be read separately. In "Memnoch", she briefly introduces Lestat. We are immediate told – by Lestat himself – that this could be anyone’s story. In truth, in many ways this is not his story. It is the story of Memnoch, as told by Lestat and seen through his eyes.

Memnoch is the charming and slyly manipulative Lucifer, but he hates being called that. Memnoch is polite and civil. He feigns a passive demeanor, but there is a vaguely domineering subtext to all of his interactions with Lestat. Memnoch uses beautiful language to try reason it all away, but he engages in dominant alpha-male behavior towards the vampire every chance he gets. He whisks him away from his human companion Dora; he snatches him away from David Talbot and Armand. He even plucks Lestat away from the arms of God himself.

His words are uncomfortably misaligned with his actions. He keeps pushing Lestat around. Like any abuser, his begging, pleading, bullying, and bargaining are fairly transparent. Still, he weaves a web of delightfully tempting intrigue. Mesmerized, Lestat goes along with him willingly time and time again. Whether he is badgering, threatening, or persuading to get his way, Memnoch always seems to want (and get) Lestat’s consent and agreement.

A series of affirmative answers take Lestat further down the rabbit hole. Memnoch leads him on an epic journey, where heaven, hell, earthbound spirits, the crucifixion and much more are seen, visited, and explored in vivid detail.

The story gives a nod to classic tales of hell described and the devil personified, such as Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Barnett on January 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books from Anne Rice. She is exceptional in her research and details of two thousand years ago. Her character development of Memnoch, and interactions with Lestat are wonderfully created. I love the premise and story, and how it moves away from just vampire lives and into heaven and hell, and afterlife issues. It is an adventure on a grand scale
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have no idea why so many people underestimate this book. Maybe, because it is an even deeper approach to the characters' psych, especially Lestat's.

I've been a fan of Ann Rice for a long time now, and I consider her one of the best living writers. But I confess I wasn't quite prepared for what she created in this book (I had the same feeling about Violin): a dark, pungent and crude - yet sensitive - view of life and death itself; of soul, love, faith and, most of all, of what it means to be human. It made me reflect a lot about good and evil - is there ever a clear line drawn between them?

Although it was very exciting and had a good amount of action in it, I mostly think of this book like a great psychological narrative, and in this specific point I think it is comparable to Dostoiévski's romances - which, of course, is a great, great compliment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kelley on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From time to time I read negative reviews for this book. I have no clue why anyone would not give this book top honors.

I was brought up in a very conservative Christian home, which I respect. When I read this book I was in the middle of raising three children and trying to figure who I was. This book turned my brain on its side. It totally changed my life.
Now, I have read all the Vampire Chronicles and am madly, deeply in love with all of them, but Memnoch made me question everything I was ever taught about good and evil.
The book previously made me stop and wonder if these characters are real in real life. Like really exist. This is why Anne Rice is probably the greatest writer of my life.

Memnoch opened my mind to a place that has changed my life so much. Its so hard to explain.

I just highly recommend the Vampire Chronicles to anyone.
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By Jessica Edwards on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maybe at the time of it's release, this book was groundbreaking or thought provoking. But I found it difficult to even slog through to the end... and I LOVE vampire novels. I'm reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles beginning to end. I am enjoying them, but this one was disappointing. I didn't find the ramblings about the existence of God, heaven and hell, and paths to salvation interesting - I am a life long atheist - and can't relate at all with the apex.

I'm on to the next book in the series; my recommendation if you are not OCD about the order of things, skip Memnoch the Devil. Unless you have problems sleeping, then this book might help.
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