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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
“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune
“Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post
“If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”—Boston Globe
“A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford Courant
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The setting of the framework story is fascinating. A random young journalist, roaming the streets of San Francisco at night with a tape recorder to record interesting snippets of ad hoc interviews with random strangers stumbles over somebody, who claims to be a vampire. He has impressive ways to prove it and spends the night to give the young boy the story of his life, death and undeath.
Louis does not see his rise to immortality as a success story.
That his surivival means death to others troubles him deeply. He is disconnected from the mortal world and fails to connect to other vampires.
If you follow the story, you will not always agree with his thoughts that reflect him in comparison to the other characters
On this my third read I rated 4 stars since I noticed a few instances that didn't meet the mark. Perhaps now that I have a Kindle and am usually a fast reader I read even faster. Sections were slow and the words halted. I know that was because Louis digressed occasionally, but my lack orf patience couldn't deal with it.
Don't think I will read again, however it doesn't mean I like it less. Have the whole collection in hard cover except "Interview", because it was my intro to the series.
Met Anne Rice at a book signing and was captivated by her natural charm and friendly manner. Also, caught a gllimpse of her in her garden in New Orleans once during a tour. Admit I am her fan and hope she has a sequel to "The Wolf Gift". Did you doubt I read it ?
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I am not a big vampire fan. Just not that into the mythology. So why bother reading a book in a genre I’m not that into?Read more