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Interview With A Vampire

Anne Rice's vampire novel published in 1976 and the first novel of "The Vampire Chronicles".

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A Look Into The Life Of Louis

  • Apr 16, 2009
There is little that hasn't already been said about Anne Rice's wonderful "Interview With The Vampire." For this review, I think I'll provide just a brief summary of the plot and then go deeper into what I enjoyed most about this book.

It is essentially the life story of a highly emotional, highly sensitive vampire named Louis. He is interviewed by "the boy" in San Francisco. He explains how he came to be a vampire, his many years in New Orleans, Europe and eventually back to New Orleans, and key relationships along the way. The bulk of the tale takes place with Louis being in the company of the wicked-yet-likeable Lestat and the lovely demon-child, Claudia.

Louis also explains to the interviewer how his internal struggles with right and wrong, good and evil and exactly what his existence meant tore at him at all times. This, to me, is what makes "Interview With The Vampire" stand out from the pack of seemingly endless vampire stories.

As far as I know, no one really took the time to let the reader know about the vampire as a person. Rice dives deep into the life of Louis and reveals to the reader an immortal with huge emotional problems. He hungers for blood but struggles with the killing of humans. He doesn't particularly care for Lestat but fears being alone in his new, immortal world.

When Claudia enters the picture, we see yet another pitiful being granted immortality only to hate the one who gave it to her. We get a peek at Santiago who, in my opinion, is one of the most vile creatures to ever grace the page. One other vampire who captured me in this tale is Armand, who is much more mysterious to me than Lestat and I look forward to reading his story later on in "The Vampire Armand."

I also enjoyed the wonderful descriptions of New Orleans and Europe througout time. Having a brother that has lived in the Big Easy for almost twenty years and having visited many times, it's fun to think that Louis, Lestat or even little Claudia might have crossed my path at some time.

This is the second time that I've read "Interview With The Vampire." I've also read "The Vampire Lestat." Of the two, "Interview" is a much more engaging tale. I know that I'm in the minority when I say this since Lestat steals almost every page of the book that he appears on, but I really enjoyed the originality and uniqueness that made "Interview" such a standout when it was first printed and as it remains today.

There is a bit of eroticism to this tale that parents might not want their children and teens to read about just yet. There's also quite a bit of violence. This is definitely a novel for adults and older teens to tackle. It's a great story and one of the few vampire tales that actually deserves to sit on the bookshelf with Bram Stoker's classic.

Highly recommended.
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review by . July 16, 2010
I cannot give higher praise to Interview with the Vampire than to say that I wish I had never read this book so that I could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time once more. I try to return to this story every couple of years because it is one of the best pieces of horror fiction ever created. Dracula may be the vampire novel that set the precedent but Interview challenged the accepted rules and made the genre its own.       The book opens with the main character, …
review by . July 07, 2010
Just how I like my vampires
I have to say that I first saw the movie when I was nine and found out it was also a book later. This book was what got me hooked on Anne Rice. I don't see myself interested in anything Twilight because for me at least, this book tells what vampires should be. As I tell my friends I like my vampires dark, crispy in the sunlight, unsparkly, and fangy. This book spans many years in the lives of Louis and his maker Lestat.  What makes it so interesting is you get …
review by . June 28, 2010
   There are hundreds of vampire novels popping up in every bookstore today, trying to jump on the undead popularity bandwagon that was sparked up again by Stephenie Meyer’s  Twilight Saga.  But how to know which of these works of modern literature are even worth your time?  If you are interested in a more classic view of vampires, I would recommend Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, the first book in her The Vampire Chronicles series.  Be warned though, …
Quick Tip by . November 11, 2010
First in the best series ever written that looks at the vampire from the inside.
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
hands down my favorite vampire book of all eternity! this was the book that brought me into my love of the undead....Anne Rice is the queen of my realm!
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
this is exactly how i like my vampires. fanged, daylight fearing, coffin sleeping, and full of life...as far as the undead go
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
No vampire novel could ever beat this perfect romance. You can give the Twilight to a Britney Spears fan, but Interview with the Vampire is dedicated to a seletive people. You choose between the pop and the best.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Skip the movie, read the book. Lestat is larger than life (or death?). Twilight vampires could learn something from the way he struggles with moral questions and appreciates centuries of art and history.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
One of the greatest vampire novels of all time. Anne Rice is phenomenal.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
First of Rice's vampire books I read. great vacation book.
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In the now-classic novelInterview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their "dark gift" to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception--in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator.

While Rice has continued to investigate history, faith, and philosophy in subsequent Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview remains a treasured masterpiece. It is that ...

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Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Alfred A. Knopf
Date Published: April 12, 1976

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