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Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles) Paperback – 16 Oct 2008
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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)
Reissue of the first volume of Anne Rice's celebrated Vampire Chronicles - a cult classic.See all Product description
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What strikes me most with Rice's vampires is the perfect balance she has between making them human and making them monstors. Louis, Lestat and Claudia are so incredibly developed, such complex 3D characters that I believe they put even the greats like Jane Austen's characters to shame (I still have not gotten over the 2 years at A-Level I had to endure learning about Emma Woodhouse's 'complex' personality). But not only that - whilst most vampire fiction I've read has an exciting, fast paced plot and intriguing characters, I feel that Anne Rice is truly a master of story telling - there is just as much internal action going on here as external action, and I get the sense that Rice has truly questioned the essence of what it means to be a vampire, and through Louis, Claudia and Lestat, we begin to understand the answers.
I have now ordered the next 3 books and eagerly await their arrival. An amazing piece of work, I'm just dissapointed I have not read it previously. Far better than the Night World series, in a totally different league to Darren Shan, and completely and utterably incomparable to the Twilight series - this is the best vampire novel I have ever read, and one I will come back to time and time again.
I'd already seen the film back in the 1990's, but couldn't remember much about it. Just before my books arrived the film was on TV again so I watched it again. The film left me with many questions, I felt there was a lot left out especially were the deaths of Claudia and Madeleine were concerned. After watching the film I started to read the novel.
The journey begins in the 20th Century as a young lad is interviewing a vampire as he wants to tell his story so others will know. His name is Louis Pointe du Lac and as the interview unfolds we find out why he became a vampire and a about the vampire that made him who is called Lestat. But Louis is no usual vampire, he's different and Lestat doesn't like it.
The interviewer asks all kinds of questions and Louis tells him of how he finds the child Claudia and why he makes her a Vampire. Lestat teaches them both about being a vampire; he keeps a tight hold on both Louis and Claudia which leads to arguments and death. Here I will leave the story as I don't want to ruin it for you.
Anne Rice is a powerful writer; her characters are always believable and have great depth to them. Her descriptive work and plots are fantastic, and never disappoints the reader. :-)
The story grips you from the start, and with every turn of the page she draws you further into the story, it's a compulsive and enjoyable read. :-)
I highly recommend the book as it's far better than the film. :-)
I'm now looking forward to starting the second novel in the series which is called "The Vampire Lestat", and I'll be starting that as soon as I've finished this review. :-)