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Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles) Paperback – 31 Dec 1981


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (31 Dec. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708860737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708860731
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Rice is the author of internationally bestselling books including 'The Vampire Chronicles' (from Interview with the Vampire to Blood Canticle), her 'Mayfair Witches' sequence, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

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One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written (Sting)

A spine-chilling nightmare... highly accomplished... an impressive feat of imagination (SUNDAY TIMES)

Thrilling... a strikingly original work of the imagination...unforgettable. (WASHINGTON POST)

The most successful vampire story since Bram Stoker's DRACULA. (THE TIMES)

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* Newly re-covered reissue of the first volume of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles - 'a work of literature told in a horror-tale genre' (Catholic Herald).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2005
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Anne Rice took the publishing world by storm in "Interview With the Vampire," a haunting book that turned the evil-bloodsucker cliche on its ear. Her lush prose and vivid characters turn the dramatic plot and strange scenarios into a chilling look at good and evil, thankfully without melodrama.

In modern times, a young man is interviewing a vampire on tape recorder. The vampire is Louis Pointe du Lac. In 1791, his ultra-religious brother died tragically after an argument, and Louis sank into remorse and despair. Enter Lestat de Lioncourt, a charming vampire who offers Louis a way out of his grief.

The two vampires wander the cities of the world, with Lestat teaching his reluctant pupil the ways of vampirism. In time Louis makes a "daughter": Claudia, a vampire child with the mind of a woman. Now, depressed and unhappy, Louis explains how he and Claudia fled Lestat, only to encounter new tragedies that still haunt him to this day...

Moral struggles are rarely present in vampire novels. Certainly not from the vampire's point of view. But that is exactly what Anne Rice attempts in this book. She wraps her dark story in lush prose and beautiful descriptions of Paris and her hometown of New Orleans, making this one of the best-written vampire stories since "Dracula."

No gore and grit here. Rice's writing is exceptionally beautiful, full of lush descriptions and intricate detail. Best of all, it has that rare quality of atmosphere -- no matter how enchanting the vampire, or beautiful the setting, a feeling of darkness and sorrow runs through it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2003
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I was given this book by a friend and told that it would not be as I expected. As its not at all my type of book it laid on a shelf until the moment when I had a flight to catch but nothing to read. So it came with me, and, I was so absorbed that I read and read until the last page turned.
I'd expected white breasted women and blood - and crosses and lots of mumbo jumbo. Instead the book is a good piece of historical fiction describing the New Orleans of a hundred years ago as well as an attempt to express the fundamental drawbacks to vampire immortality. The vampires of Ann Rice can love but not express it physically, they can ponder on the world of mortal man but they cannot become a part of it, so in the end they have to fill their time with art and literature and the philosophical questions that haunt them, why are we here, are we evil, is there a god and the worst of all what to do with endless time. Not suprising then that most vampires apparently kill themselves due to simple and utter boredom.
I throughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it as simply a fascinating story of an individual at a moment in time trying to come to terms with existance.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nickylala on 16 Nov. 2006
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I read this book entirely based on the fact that I had seen the film and I have to say I was not disappointed. I instantly fell in love with all the characters, and I love the way that Anne writes, it is so fluid and full of imagery. I just wish I had been able to read the whole book in one go (but had to stop reading to revise for my GCSE's) but when I picked the book up again in the summer I just couldn't put it down. The only problem with this book is that it will cause lack of sleep due to not wanting to stop reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1999
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I purchased this book after watching the film and was completely blown away. Anne Rice brings to life a magical tale in 18th century New Orleans and Paris with characters you come to love and a plot which is gripping and inspiring. This is the first book in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and once you read this you won't want to wait to read the rest. If you like vampires, you will love this - a definite must read! My all time favourite book by my all time favourite author! If you like this book, I also reccomend The Vampire Lestat, The Queen Of The Damned, The Tale Of The Body Thief, Memnoch The Devil and The Vampire Armand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
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A lame excuse I know, but the only reason I read this was because this was where Savage Garden got the inspiration for their name! I didn't really know what to expect. What I was confronted with was a masterpiece of the English language, her use of imagery far excelled any other book I have ever written. Vampires are not characters that I would usually have any empathy for, but this book displayed the many human features that she thought vampires possess. Louis was brought into the vampire world unwillingly by Lestat and had created for him a vampire child named Claudia. Claudia was my favourite character in this book, I felt sympathy for her as she became a mature woman trapped inside the body of a ten year old and this is somthing she resented. This is my favourite book as I never tire of the rich tapestry of language, therefore I would recommend this book to anyone - it's certainly a challenge, but a very fulfilling one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WriteStuff on 29 Jun. 2010
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It's been over a week since I finished this book and I still don't feel like I have a handle on it. Normally a couple of days is all I need to digest a volume and start to make connections that I hadn't noticed straight away. This time, however, despite being trapped in 200-odd pages of firmly printed text, I'm finding this tale as enigmatic and hard to pin down as any vampire.

`Interview with a Vampire' begins with the brilliant conceit of a young man tape-recording an interview with Louis, a two-hundred year old vampire. Louis tells the story of his life and loves, starting in New Orleans with how he met and was transformed by the self-serving Lestat. Tormented by his inherent evil but driven by his hunger for human blood, Louis attacks a young girl, Claudia, in the back streets of the city. In a complex act of cruelty and desperation, Lestat also makes Claudia a vampire, establishing the characters as the strangest of families. The story explores the relationships that these three vampires have with each other and with themselves, visiting some very dark places and sometimes taking the reader to places they never sought to go.

I neither liked nor disliked this book, but I was certainly intrigued by it. Louis philosophical ponderings on what being a vampire means offered a genuinely different perspective on a myth that permeates modern culture. However, I can see why it has retained its cult status in the last 40 years. The more brutal, visceral and sexual aspects of the vampire's existence, along with the subtle hints at what could be construed as paedophilia, could be alienating for some audiences. For me, they just sat awkwardly with what I found newer and more interesting, the more thoughtful start to the book.
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