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After the spectacular debut of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, Anne Rice put aside her vampires to explore other literary interests--Italian castrati in Cry to Heaven and the Free People of Color in The Feast of All Saints. But Lestat, the mischievous creator of Louis in Interview, finally emerged to tell his own story in the 1985 sequel, The Vampire Lestat.
As with the first book in the series, the novel begins with a frame narrative. After over a half century underground, Lestat awakens in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. Particularly, he is captivated by a fledgling rock band named Satan's Night Out. Determined both to achieve international fame and end the centuries of self-imposed vampire silence, Lestat takes command of the band (now renamed "The Vampire Lestat") and pens his own autobiography. The remainder of the novel purports to be that autobiography: the vampire traces his mortal youth as the son of a marquis in pre-Revolutionary France, his initiation into vampirism at the hands of Magnus, and his quest for the ultimate origins of his undead species.
While very different from the first novel in the Vampire Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat has proved to be the foundation for a broader range of narratives than is possible from Louis's brooding, passive perspective. The character of Lestat is one of Rice's most complex and popular literary alter egos, and his Faustian strivings have a mythopoeic resonance that links the novel to a grand tradition of spiritual and supernatural fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Rice continues what promises to be a series with this fascinating sequel to her Interview with the Vampire. One of its characters, Lestat, encouraged by the telling of that story, narrates his own history, focusing on his boyhood transformation, subsequent wanderings, and constant attempts to rationalize his newly acquired immortality. Don't expect the usual stake-in-the-heart story; Rice is creating a new vampire mythos, mixing ancient Egyptian legends into her narrative, and weaving a rich and unforgettable tale of dazzling scenes and vivid personalities. This extraordinary book outclasses most contemporary horror fiction and is a novel to be savored. Highly recommended. Literary Guild alternate. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of New Haven Lib., West Haven
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is my favorite novel of all time. Lester just resonates with me on so many levels. I haven't read any of Anne Rice's other books, but I've re-read this one at least 3 times. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mikal Richards
Loved it. Brilliant. I felt like I traveled across the world and through time with this book. That might sound over the top, but it's completely honest. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Caitria Cogan
a wonderful work of art, it gives you a totally different feel to lestat than what we are given in interview with the vampire. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Delisa B.
This is one of my fave books ever. Love it, love it, love it. If you get as obsessed as I do, I strongly recommend looking up the musical. It's better than the movie. A. Lot. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MEJ
Love the new twist on vampires. Very creative. Kinda makes one wish for their life too... Onward to "Queen Of The Damned"Published 27 days ago by Ken
This is my favorite book in the vampire chronicles. Great read!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer