Interview With the Vampire

Interview With the Vampire

A Novel

Book - 1976
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We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. The time is now. We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead...He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently...carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir—young, romantic, cultivated—to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life...learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the "superior" sensual pleasures. He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him. We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire—all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child—and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court...night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death—a constant stream of vulnerable strangers awaiting them below...We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be...We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Theatre des Vampires—the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled...In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1976 [1989?]
New York : Knopf, 1976
ISBN: 9780394498218
Branch Call Number: FIC Rice A
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 18 cm


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As the title suggests, this novel follows a journalist who has the task of interviewing a vampire. Thus begins the Vampire Chronicles, a rich and dark universe where a legion of timeless beasts with strict rules hide among the shadows of the human world. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at ... Read More »

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Feb 13, 2019

good read- kept you intrigued.

JCLHebahA Oct 22, 2018

I'm not sure how I escaped a broody, gothic adolescence without reading this vampire classic, but I did. Reading it now, I find Louis to be a bit whiny for my taste, but Rice's depiction of the perspective shift in immortality still fairly original, even a decade after the post-Twilight glut of vampire fiction.

If there's a word to attach to this book, it's captivating. Much like Lestat does with his mortal victims, Interview With the Vampire captivates the audience with breathtaking detail that pulls you into its pages. Though she adopts a chapter format in later books, I wish Miss Rice would have here as well, because there are parts where the story really starts to meander and lose focus, where the pause provided by a new chapter would be useful.

Aug 25, 2016

One of my favourite novels Interview With The Vampire explores vampire romance the right way. Even if Vampirism or Romance do not strike you IWTV can be read completely metaphorically and makes some poignant statements on life and what it means to be alive.

Jan 16, 2015

This is my favorite book. It is so pretty and it made me appreciate the little things about life. I have read 13 Anne Rice books now, and they are consistently fantastic. I think it it is good to watch the movie first. That way you like the movie and the book is even better. There's no disappointment that way.

Dec 26, 2014

It is a slow start to the series, once you get to Queen of the Damned the series picks up the pace and it is worth it.

Jun 21, 2014

Not a bad read, pretty good in fact. Howver this authors later work is waaaay better, example the mayfair witches trilogy, servant of bones (mid 90's) be fair this is my second read of this one, was more impressed the first time (20 years ago or so) I do plan on re-reading the others in the series, I had read up tp queen of the dammed but stopped reading, I thought i'd try them again since there's actually a new one on its way this year :-)

Quimeras Dec 04, 2013

While the movie was pretty faithful to the book, I felt that the latter best depicted the relationships among vampires and also Louis’ very human struggle to understand his place on this earth. In sum, Anne Rice brings these creatures to life in a way that perhaps had not been done before.

Nov 21, 2013

Great start but I lost interest about 1/2 way through. Second half seemed long and boring.

Sep 30, 2013

This is the book that got me into vampires, lo these many years ago. Ms. Rice's books are a very mixed bag--but the first two vampire books, as well as Memnoch the Devil and her non-supernatural novel, Feast of All Saints, are thrilling, deeply satisfying reads. Highly recommend.

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