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Interview with the Vampire Mass Market Paperback – September 13, 1991
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In the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception--in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator.
While Rice has continued to investigate history, faith, and philosophy in subsequent Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview remains a treasured masterpiece. It is that rare work that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound vision of the human condition. --Patrick O'Kelley
From Library Journal
Rice turned the vampire genre on its ear with this first novel (LJ 5/1/76), which evolved into one of the most popular series in recent history. Though the quality of the books has declined, this nonetheless is a marvelous, innovative, and literate tale of the longing for love and the search for redemption. This 20th-anniversary edition offers a trade-size paperback for a good price.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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To her credit, Anne Rice deserves the praise she has received for her writing style. She is descriptive, she does her research and she knows, for the most part, the locations and histories she writes about. She gives just enough fact to tie the reader to the story, but injects some very imaginable fiction that puts her out in front of the pack of vampire writers.
Interview with the Vampire is a masterpiece. The characters of Lestat, Louis and Claudia are classics! Tormented Louis, daring Lestat and precious but tragic Claudia are so well worked that they tear at you and they keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. The historical period of the late 1700's is realistic enough to be believable. New Orleans is the young city that shows promise and holds some of the beauty and mystery that it will become known for. The story, told by Louis, covers the making of Louis by Lestat in the last 1700's in old Louisiana and their adventures through some 60 plus years. Along the way, Lestat also makes Claudia, a 6 year old child dying from the plague. He uses Claudia to keep Louis as his companion, as he knows that Louis, who is a sentimental fool for humanity, will never leave her even if he wants to leave Lestat. Their story also takes them to Paris, Lestat's home, and they encounter traditional Vampires and Armand, their leader. To make a child so young is a sacrilege. And the story becomes a tragic opera, as all operas are destined to become. I was genuinely fascinated with this work.
OK, a side note - the Kindle edition appears to have minor editing issues. I found about half a dozen spelling errors and a couple of he's that should have been she's. As this book was written in 1976, chances are it was done pre-word processor and had to be re-typed, which always ends up giving the Kindle version some issues. But overlooking this, it is clearly a classic Vampire fiction novel.
I love the characters. Their stories were wonderfully told. You will love Lestat, Louis, Armand, and Claudia and will remember them for a very long time.
It shows what life as a vampire is like in a vampire's own point of view.
I fell immediately in love with the characters. Anne Rice's vampires feel distinctly human, and the story was engaging from cover to cover. I've read and re-read this book several times, and I always find some new, little detail that I missed before. I fondly remember reading this book with my best friend while the rest of my friends devoured Twilight, and how we'd share our free periods huddled together in an empty classroom while we shared our favorite parts of the book, made drawings, and watched Interview With the Vampire.
It's one of my favorite books, and a must read if you fancy Vampires at all. This version is even better than the original, as it has an excerpt from The Prince Lestat included for free!
I won't tell you the plot, you can easily google that, but what I will tell you is that you have to read this book.