- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Random House US Audio; abridged edition edition (1 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679434135
- ISBN-13: 978-0679434139
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,961,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enthralling, sensual and exotic - Anne Rice's answer to Gone with the Wind, her ante-Bellum novel set in the colourful and violent city of N ew Orleans in the nineteenth century --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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In the days before the Civil War, there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern histroy. Though descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. Called the Free People of Color, this dazzling historical novel chronicles the lives of four of them--men and women caught perilously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I still value it as one of my favorite books. I started reading the vampire books, but found them completely different from that first encounter with the author - as if they were written by a different person.
This is a beautifully written mystery, love story, historical novel - it has just about everything.
If given a choice of 10 books to take with me on a desert island, "The Feast of All Saints" would be among the top five.
This is a book which explores events surrounding the people of a place and time. It explores the co-existence of people of varying degrees of coloured skin and how a wavering balance is struck between slave, dark coloured,coloured but passes as white and white. And it's not at all clear.
It's an absurd system and the book shows this in a powerful way. Rather than tell us what we should think and who we should support or feel sorry for, Rice puts several very well developed characters in front of us and allows us to judge for ourselves.
I'll admit that the book took me a while to get in to. Mostly because of the lack of obvious strong plot. But events nearer the end revealed to me that somewhere along my journey I had formed an attachment and affection for several key characters.
In this book I found aspects of human nature laid bare and learned something about myself. This is a wonderful function of any book.
Aside from this..Rice has a way of describing people, places and music so that you really feel like you are there. I feel I know these people and their homes very well.
I do however question the blurb on the book saying this is gothic. In no way did I find this. Not in the sense of supernatural-though there is a small suggestion of voodoo. Nor gothic in the sense of domestic dangers for women-although these women are faced with unique marital pressures.
If you have avoided Rice's vampire books or witch books I would say that you may be missing out if you walk on by.
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The story centres on Marcel, a young man of colour growing up in New Orleans before the civil war. As an offspring of the system of placage (where a wealthy white man kept a coloured mistress and their children as a separate family away from his recognised white family)Marcel belongs neither to the community of wealthy white plantation owners, or the that of the black slaves. He dreams of travelling to Paris and finding freedom from the restrictions of his life and community. Intertwined with his fate is that of his immediate family and friends.
The author paints a vivid and lush portrait of historical New Orleans in her typically purple prose. All is wondrous, exotic and sumptuous - from the china plate on the table to the silk dresses. And, for me - herein lies the problem - the pain, cruelty and degradation of the slave trade is glossed over somewhat. Although I understand that the characters would have different views from our modern stance, and the novel itself is not about slavery as such, it was an integral part of that society and therefore I expected perhaps a little more focus on that issue. The biggest problem for me however with this book was the real lack of action.Read more ›
I still hold out hope that she will stop writing about supernaturalism and go back to what she does best - novel's like this, which ground her obessesions in reality.
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A remarkable well-researched and from-the-heart work of historical fiction which follows the everyday lives of antebellum gens de couleur, also commonly called "Creole"... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2015 by xxenigmaxx1
I have found this book engaging and thought provoking from the start. I found the character's lives so believable, tragic and beautiful that when reading this novel I felt a wealth... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
The Feast of All Saints is a sumptuous book, full of rich descriptions that manage to capture the mood of New Orleans in the 1840s when viewed from the perspective of Marcel, a... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2012 by JFD