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The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles) Book 6 Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2000
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Maybe I should start this telling that this was 4th or 5th time reading this and yep, I still love it! Armand's always been my favourite so it's no surprise I love this.
It's been over 8 years since I've last read this, and long before I had even heard about blogs etc., so it was interesting to read it again. And it seems my book taste hasn't changed since I was 15... And oh why it's so hard to write about books you loved!
When Armand lived in Kiev as a child he painted beautiful icons and was meant to join the monks so he had pretty religious upbringing, which shows through his life and is constant theme through the book.
I've always loved the chapter where Marius takes Armand back to Kiev after turning him. He could let the past go little after meeting his family and his father who was such a huge presence in his life.
They didn't have that many years together with Marius but it was a big part of his life when he was loved and (relatively) safe. And I was dreading to reach the part where it would all be ruined!
It's been told in previous books that he was the leader of the vampire cult that imprisoned Lestat but now we see how he became part of it.
You can see the growing theme with Christianity on Rice's books here and while I'm not even remotely religious it didn't bother me. I love the writing style and the descriptive writing but that may not be to everyone's liking.
It was Marius--when I recently re-read BLOOD AND GOLD--who ushered me back to revisit Armand. THE VAMPIRE ARMAND has always been among my favorites of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, only partly because of its strong homoerotic and bisexual themes. The historical periods and places come vividly alive, and the story deftly weaves strands into all of the other VC novels. As usual, those who may think Anne Rice ever repeated herself with this series are not paying attention. Each of the VCs creates a totally new experience. While sometimes they examine familiar portions of the web of narratives from very different viewpoints, each look yields truly unique aspects of events and characters.
Armand manifests two strong and parallel tendencies of human nature, both as a mortal and as an immortal, which are the desire to belong to someone and depend on them, and the desire to have others belong to you. Neither of these--and of course they most often co-exist to some extent--is necessarily perverse in any way; however, such needs always amplify the bitter-sweetness of both human and vampire existence. The bitterness includes rejection, betrayal and terrible loss. The sweetness may seem to make existence worthwhile, yet it can also evaporate at any moment.
Though I appreciate the performance of Antonio Banderas as Armand in the film INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE his appearance was not quite right for me. I prefer how Armand appears in the novels: an eternally beautiful teenager with flowing red curls. His angelic appearance belies the fact he can suddenly become the Angel of Death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so amazing. I am reading it for the third time now. Armand's story is so heartbreaking and I can never get over how well Anne Rice writes.Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
Novel arrived in good condition. Quite a different take than Rice's better know novel Interview with the Vampire, but still an alright read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There is no comparison for vampire books besides Anne Rice's series. This is one of my favorites.Published 4 months ago by KnightBlue
Be sure to visit the review of Anne Rice's vampire novels in Wikipedia. She has taken the "old rules" and given them a refreshing update. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cherryl Walker