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Violin [Hardcover]

Anne Rice
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28 Aug 1997
In this confessional novel Anne Rice conjures up another seductive, dangerous and ambivalent ghost - one of the eternally undead whose restless spirit is caught between heaven and hell. The heroine narrator, Triana, is in her fifties, short, plumpish, with a pretty face and long dark hair; she's one of four sisters of a Catholic family; her alcoholic mother died when she was 14; her own daughter has died of leukemia. . . . Stefan, the Byronic violin playing ghost appears to her as she's grieving for the death from AIDS of her husband, takes her back to 19th century Vienna, where Beethoven was his teacher, and to the moment when he violently killed his own father and had to flee to Venice. Triana tricks him and takes his precious violin, and herself becomes an international virtuoso and superstar. But her fear is that when he lets her go and she has to give back the violin, she may never be able to play again. She incorporates painful and shocking memories of her mother's death, her daughter's death, the passionate, ambivalent relationships between four sisters, the unreal life of a wealthy superstar - all of which seems to come from Anne's own life - with a savage, glittering tale of violence and music in 19th century Vienna, and the shifting power struggle between Triana and Stefan, the genius in thrall to the (1997-02-06)

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First edition (28 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701165200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701165208
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,965,736 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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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 (Rolling Stone)

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Powerful, shocking, gloriously gothic and intensely autobiographical novel about a 20th century women in New Orleans who is haunted and inspired by a 19th century ghost. (1997-02-06)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Triana's husband has just died and she is grief stricken, only music spares her sanity. In her grief, longing and lonliness she is visited by Stephan, the ghost of a Rusian aristcrat who plays a violin, and when he plays she losses herself.
She must resist him, keep hold of her will and resist his inivation to take her with him. Through there incounters she finds it harder and harder to keep up the fight and finds herself drawn into his terrible past.
You will be drawn in by this sensual tale of ghosts, the past, obsession and a woman's nightmarish struggle to keep her mind and will. Stephan is a sensual seductive caracter and at times you wonder why she tries to resist him.
An addictive highly enjoyable read which will leave you craving more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Failure to finish 14 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of her books but this one didn't grab me from the beginning. Its very rare that it happens but I wasn't able to finish this book. I am sure there is some magic in here somewhere but I couldn't be bothered to wade through the misery to find it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Brilliance 27 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As a music lover and a fan of all the pieces used throughout this book I felt all the emotion without hearing the music; the words are the music!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent emotional effusion. 23 Feb 2000
By Margaret Fiore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Few authors handle the English language as musically and rhythmically as Anne Rice; this book is a beautifully flowing wash of words. However, the book is also supremely and tiresomely self-indulgent.
In this book, Rice has committed an egregious offence popular to many amateur authors: she talks directly of raw emotions rather than showing them in the actions of the characters, or building them into the atmosphere of the scenes. Unlike most of Rice' other works, which are a more even (and effective) mix of plot and introspection, Violin is simply chock-full of endless internal ponderings on death and guilt.
We begin the book with the death of Triana's AIDS-ridden husband Karl. Triana falls into a trance of despair and denial, and spends a couple of days alone in the house with the corpse and memories of all those she has loved and lost. So far so good! But somewhere in this wallowing in thoughts of death, we lose Karl. He becomes nothing more than a vanished benefactor, who paved Triana's life with money.
And then comes her ghost. From the beginning, the ghost is ambiguous. Good or evil? Bringing pleasure or pain? And for what purpose? Eventually, Triana takes up the position that the ghost intended to drive her insane. But it seems more a rationalization than a truth.
The remainder of the tale has no internal logic. Triana and her ghost ramble about from century to century, palace to palace, luxury to luxury. Triana progresses from wealth to talent to renown, and on to an ultimate victory. Why? How has she earned this? Where is the conflict or sacrifice? Should Triana's obsessive and unjustified guilt for the deaths of her loved ones earn such rewards?
Sorry Anne, it doesn't work.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read for a Poetic Mind 23 April 2005
By L. Zook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just as the title suggests, this book really was a wonderful read. I have read nearly everything by Mrs. Rice and this is in my top 5 of her works. The character of Stefan was just so decadently tragic. His tale was something I wanted to desperately to relate to yet I found myself closer to Triana because of the swooning madness and her neverending love for her husband, his work on St. Sebastion, and the music of Beethoven. I have a strong love for the violin; it's voice, it's passion screams out like no other instrument in mortal hands or lips. And this story did such justice to the violin. The story reads like a beautifully worded poem that you cannot help but pray it won't end. It is indeed a tragic tale. Sometimes, I feel like Triana when she stole away the violin from Stefan, and I want to play the way she did purely from the heart. You can hear every note when she plays upon the stage. Anyone who gives this book fewer stars has not read deeply enough (or even finished it for that matter) to critique it to its complete worthiness. If you have a passion for the violin, love a good yet tragic and always beautiful story about mysterious circumstances, daydreaming, undying love, and the pain of ascent and descension, then this is the book for you. I would also recommend "Cry to Heaven" by Mrs. Rice. Please please pick up these two books. And finish them. I promise you will learn something more than what you read on the printed pages. Thank you, Mrs. Rice, for sharing your gift with the world.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice's most Autobiographical Work 15 Sep 2001
By "jcuo26" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my own never-to-be humble opion I beleive this to be Anne Rice's most authobiographical work thus far. It's apparent to me that Triana is in so many ways similar to Anne Rice. She describes herself for all practical purposes, right down to the bangs she has worn for as long as I've seen pictures of her. Even the way Triana dresses is Anne Rice right down to the long skirts of velvet. Of coarse the most poignant detail of the similarities is the daughter, dying of cancer with her angelic face puffy from chemotherapy and already having lost her beautiful blond curls gone before she was six years old. I think Triana was Anne's own voice regarding the horrible and unthinkable nature of burying your own baby. I really enjoyed this book obviously given the 'five stars'. I think Triana is a wonderful, human character which of coarse I was unaccustom to with Rice's work. It was lovely being able to aspire to her courage as she was 'just' a human, beautiful, scared, frail and strong all at the same time. She had her late husbands money to sheild her from the horrors of life whilst she suffered the fallout of having loved him and lost him. I didn't find it disturbing really at all her 'keeping' her Karl to herself for a few days after he passed on. In days of old, the family always prepared the corpse for burial, who else would be so loving and careful? It was disturbing, yes, but life's beautiful moments would be so much less so should we not have dark ones to balance them. The end of the book left me crying, as she helped yet another soul cross over, but this soul left her also with a beautiful gift. (I shall try not to give the end away, but suppose I already have, haven't I?) I don't envy her gifts as we are all blessed with our own and she certainly earned them all with her beloved service and devotion, this Triana... I loved her and will think of her as an 'old friend' along with Jane Eyre, Lastat, and so many others... Thanks Anne Rice for allowing us this peek into your mind and heart... I was reading this novel during the time of the horrible attack on the United States and it was a welcome reprieve when I simply couldn't take any more of the real horror coming out of my computer screen.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, this is a good book!! 31 Dec 2006
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wow, I am one of a few here who really liked this book by Rice. I found that it had depth-- you could almost taste the main characters greif in this story and also the passion that the ghost in the story has for the violin and music. I did not have a problem maintaining interest in this book from start to finish. It may be my second favorite Rice book. :)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically Stirring 23 Jun 2000
By Nathan Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not quite sure as to why many people hate this book. This is actually my first introduction to Anne Rice and I loved it! The book is able to evoke emotions that only music thus far has been able to do. Her dramatic use of language not only alerts the senses but also deepens the book as the reader gets to look inside the mind of the character. This book stands alone in its theme and the way it is written and that is good. As a musician I saw in her writing the emotions I felt when I play. I highly respect this work as a piece of fiction that is honest, from the heart, and extremely well-written. No one should shy away from this work. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves an emotional reading experience as well as an intellectual experience.
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