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Feast of All Saints Cassette X2 (Price-Less) Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • 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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Book Description

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.

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Book arrived quickly and in good nick. LOVE the story, Great period fiction.
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I found this book years ago, in an out of the way bookstore in Norway, long before I'd ever heard of any of Anne Rice's vampire books. Her style of writing, her character and place descriptions, and the thrilling and surprising twists in the plot, had me turning pages and being drawn into this dark, steamy, imaginary world throughout my summer vacation that year. It also gives a brilliant historic description of New Orleans at that time.
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.
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It is one of her earlier books, and lacking the usual Anne Rice supernaturalism, but also, imho, her best book. It soaks up the atmosphere of a long lost (sadly even now moreso) New Orleans with a bit of a history lesson for those unversed with that uncertain time when slavery was still going on, but the most interesting history lesson I've ever had! You get drawn into the book and it's unlikely beautiful characters. It is a book about growth and compassion and the good and bad sides of people. I highly recommend it.
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If you are looking for a book with a clearly emphasised plot-this is not the book for you.

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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I have finally gotten around to reading this book by Anne Rice after having it on my shelf for a few years! As a fan of her early vampire fiction, I wasn't sure what to expect - as personally I feel that her quality of writing has deteriorated over time - for me, the later vampire novels lack a certain something that was present in the first three. This book was published in the 1980's I believe - so I was hoping it would be as good as Cry to Heaven or Interview with the vampire.

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.
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This is Anne Rice at her exquisite best, before she drained herself dry churning out bestsellers. The characterisation is superb, the interaction between them is subtle and poignant. She shows such amazing talent for atmospheric writing, it is painful to think how bad she has become: perhaps the biggest literary disappointment of all time!
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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