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Violin [Paperback]

Anne Rice
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1 Oct 1998

Triana's grief is deep and almost boundless. Death has marked her, and taken her husband. Now only the music in her dreams can carry her from night to night. And now, into those dreams, into those nights, comes Stefan, the restless, tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat.

Stefan's musical genius will first enchant Triana, then dominate her sothat she will be drawn into the cruel past in which he lived his earthly life. Finally Triana will find herself in the realm of ghosts and spectres where an ally awaits her...

Surreal, dramatic and mesmerising, Violin moves across time and continents to bring together three lost souls bound to one another through music, passion and rapture.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099255154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099255154
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,593 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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If neatness counts for you, don't count on Anne Rice's musical-ghost novel Violin. It is an eruption of the author's personal demons, as messy as the monster bursting from that poor fellow's chest in the movie Alien. Like Rice, the heroine Triana lives in New Orleans, mourns a dead young daughter and a drunken mother, and is subject to uncanny visions. A violin-virtuoso ghost named Stefan time-trips and globetrots with Triana, taunting her for her inability to play his Stradivarius--which echoes composer Salieri's jealousy in Amadeus and possibly Rice's jealousy of her successful poet husband Stan Rice in the years before her own florid, lurid writing made her famous. The storytelling here is too abstract, but the almost certainly autobiographical emotions could not be more visceral. At one point, the narrator exclaims, "Shame, blame, maim, pain, vain!" But Rice's dip in the acid bath of memory was not in vain--she packs the pain of a lifetime into 289 pages.


"Enough to frighten even jaded readers. If anyone can make a haunted violin the object of obsession and nightmare, it's Rice" (Publishers Weekly)

"For nearly twenty years now, Anne Rice has been telling stories that share secrets - secrets of life and death, of sex and the soul, of monsters and humans" (Mikal Gilmore Rolling Stone)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars confusing, messy, self indulgent 6 Nov 1999
By A Customer
This is partly autobiographical. Which is kind of scary because now we know Rice is obsessed with death and with wanting to play the violin. The story starts where Triana (Rice i suppose) has just lost her husband to AIDS and his dead body is still lying in the house (she stays with the body for 2 days actually). The beginning of the book was actually the best part, (I had read all the other bad reviews for it on US Amazon) and i was thinking "it's not so bad, what was all the fuss about?" Then it just got confusing and messy because this ghost keeps playing outside her window (with a violin) really beautiful music which makes her think of all the people who have died (her mom, dad, little girl and husband). Then the ghost (incubus? what is that?) comes to her and I just didn't get the relationship between Triana and Stefan (the ghost/incubus), it wasn't properly explained what he wanted from her, or what he was. Stefan told some of his "story" from the 19th century but still it fails to make the reader feel sympathy for him. It just gets Sooooo confusing, i mean he "shows" her all these images of his life and we don't know how or why or what is going on. Then suddenly she's in Vienna (she has just stolen his violin (a ghost violin?)) How did she get to Vienna??? and she finds that she can play it like a musical genius (before she wanted to play the violin but had no talent), so she becomes famous and plays everywhere in the world with an entourage of her family following her and using all her money. Then Stefan keeps begging her to give the violin back (why won't she??!!). Then ...etc. etc. What I enjoyed: I love Rice's writing, I love her thick, rich prose and beautiful wording. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully slow 9 April 2001
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Being an Anne Rice fan i was really looking forward to reading Violin but it was so slow it took me forever to get into and the characters were less than engaging. The book is basically about death and grief and pain and some more pain and imparticular one womans struggles to cope with the deaths of family members. The last half is much better but you are still left thinking; why did i bother reading this?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing and depressing 17 Jun 1999
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A big fan of all of Anne Rice's other books, I was extremely disappointed with this one. Occasionally I have had to put her books down after a few pages through them being a drag to continue, then returned to them a few weeks later and persevered and been quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately, this time the book was put down over 10 times, at times I skipped a few pages to avoid the glorification of death. Yet every time I was still just as disappointed and consider the book a complete waste of time and effort. Sorry Anne. To anyone new to the books try 'Taltos' or 'Queen of the dammed' these books are well worth the time and effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone's thing, but I liked it 14 Sep 2008
I get why people don't like this, it's messy, it's dark, it makes leaps in space and time, it doesn't entirely have a plot....but despite that I liked it...a lot. It is full of grief, pain and wrenching heartbreak. It follows Triana after her husband dies and details her encounters with Stephan, her own personal ghost who's initial desire is to make her go mad. Their relationship forms the basis of the novel. It is beautifully written and you are never quite sure if Triana is insane or not. We are shown the sorry tale of Stephan's dark past and what led him to become the ghost he is, with violin in tow. So, yeah, I agree with a previous poster, if you want another Interview with a Vampire this book is not for you. If you want a walk in dark, painful grief beautifully and poetically written - and not everyone will! - then read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very convincing! 3 Mar 1999
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It had some intriguing ideas: the ghost was fairly arresting as an idea when first on the scene, but became a bit of a bore after a while. The death of the central character's little daughter was extremely vivid and moving. The thing I found most irritating was her treatment of the violin! I can only assume that she can't play, from her weird references to what the bow does and her persistent harping on about the names of the strings! That was so unconvincing that it completely put me off the book. If you are going to have a centerpiece like a Stradivarius you do owe it to your readers to have some smattering of inside knowledge!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is being over generous 10 Feb 2004
What was Anne Rice thinking? Not much, evidently. Anyone thirsting for more in the vein of the Vampire Chronicles or even one-offs like The Feast of All Saints is going to be mightily disappointed. This formulaic little romance/ghost story concerns Triana, a woman haunted by you guessed it, three deaths in the family. She starts seeing a phantom violinist, and he eventually (after about 36363 pages) drags her into his story. Problem is that neither Triana nor the violinist (I think he's called Stefan, though I might have dozed off and dreamed that) is an interesting character and their 'conflict' is petty and unconvincing. I struggled through this potboiling monument to tedium, not bending the spine, thinking 'At least I can sell it on Amazon marketplace' only to find that there are copies on there going for 1p!!! Oh well, at least someone's got its value right.
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