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Interview With the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles)

(Book #1 in the The Vampire Chronicles Series)

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This description may be from another edition of this product. In the now-classic novel Interview 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...

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Interview with the Vampire

Great book to kick off this series.


I bought this in an acceptable condition and it came very good , the edition is all black with the title on the side so it doesn't looks like in the picture showed but being honest I have no problems with that , I'm very pleased with my book

My new favorite author..

Anne Rice has a way with words. I felt as if I had escaped this world and ended up sitting in the chair across from Louie as he told his story. From her description of New Orleans to the streets of Paris all the way to Armand's Theatre of Vampires, I found myself enthralled amongst the midst of it all! The movie was great but the book is 10x greater and I have just ordered the next two books in the vampire chronicles and intend on reading every single one of her books!

Interviewing the vampire

Anne Rice took the publishing world by storm in "Interview With the Vampire," a haunting book that turned the evil-bloodsucker cliche on its ear. Her lush prose and vivid characters turn the dramatic plot and strange scenarios into a chilling look at good and evil, thankfully without melodrama. In modern times, a young man is interviewing a vampire on tape recorder. The vampire is Louis Pointe du Lac. In 1791, his ultra-religious brother died tragically after an argument, and Louis sank into remorse and despair. Enter Lestat de Lioncourt, a charming vampire who offers Louis a way out of his grief. The two vampires wander the cities of the world, with Lestat teaching his reluctant pupil the ways of vampirism. In time Louis makes a "daughter": Claudia, a vampire child with the mind of a woman. Now, depressed and unhappy, Louis explains how he and Claudia fled Lestat, only to encounter new tragedies that still haunt him to this day... Moral struggles are rarely present in vampire novels. Certainly not from the vampire's point of view. But that is exactly what Anne Rice attempts in this book. She wraps her dark story in lush prose and beautiful descriptions of Paris and her hometown of New Orleans, making this one of the best-written vampire stories since "Dracula." No gore and grit here. Rice's writing is exceptionally beautiful, full of lush descriptions and intricate detail. Best of all, it has that rare quality of atmosphere -- no matter how enchanting the vampire, or beautiful the setting, a feeling of darkness and sorrow runs through it. Rice also dips into one of the best examples of literary vampirism ever: Louis becomes a vampire out of his grief, but once the grief fades, he is left with the soul of a human, and the bloodthirst of a vampire -- things that can't be reconciled. They just can't fit together. His longing to remain as human as possible, in defiance of his curse, is a tragic twist in a dark storyline. Louis is a bit of a whiner, but a deeper look reveals why. He struggles with morality and beliefs that -- unlike Lestat -- he never really let go of. Because he is a vampire, he is by his very nature a killer, yet the idea of murder is repulsive to him. Lestat is utterly charming and incredibly engaging, despite his amoral behavior. It's not hard to see why Louis would be drawn in by such an enchanting person, no matter how bad he is. One of the greatest shaping influences on elegant vampire lore has been Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire." A beautiful and lush novel of darkness and beauty.

Beautifully Written: Engrossing...

Anne Rice's novel, Interview With the Vampire, completely catapulted me in that time, the moment. Louis's--a young French planter in the 17 hundreds--portrayal of his life as a vampire, and the people he interacts with, almost makes you believe in anything, even the existence of vampires. His chronicles of his life as a mortal and immortal, his time with his maker-Lestat-and lover, Claudia to a young "boy," the interviewer, seduces you with it's sad timbre and eloquent speech. Rice is able to transport you from 21st century to 18th century France and beyond. Her knowledge of history and art weaves into her poetry-like writing that takes you in by storm. Her descriptions of the places and faces are incredible. She doesn't just tell you directly but you know what she's saying. It's one of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read! I couldn't GET ENOUGH, it's that good. It's one of the best vampire novels out there. She not only knows how to write but she tells an amazing story; it's as if she wrote the book in just one sitting. It's incredible considering the fact it's over 20 years old and it's still a constant favorite; it has a huge following. There's no other way to explain other than that you MUST READ this; everyone should Interview With the Vampire. It's an absolute timeless cult classic

A good translation!

This book, and the rest of the books that have to date been translated into French in the vampire series up to Tale of the Body Thief, are good translations. Be warned, however, that if you are using this book to help bolster your French, that the translator did take certain liberties, and sometimes things don't quite match up to the original English version. If you are using this book to help your French, I'd recommend you pass Entretien avec un vampire up, and instead purchase Lestat le vampire, if you can find it: the translation with Lestat seemed more consistent. If you're reading Entretien for pleasure, it's good as it is, and stands on its own.


After refraining from watching the movie for four years, I finally broke down and rented it. And to my pleasant surprise found it to be visually beautiful and tragic. Next, I became extremely curious about the book. I rushed out at midnight to purchase it and found myself totally captivated. The book is Mesmerizing, Passionate, Sensual and Tragic - or in a word - Wonderful. The story unfolds on a profoundly different level than the film. I couldn't put it down. I even read it at work. I must admit that Rice can stray and get winded at times - but she always returns to the souls of the characters - drawing the reader deeper into their experience. Also, the homo-eroticism and child seduction are present but that doesn't take anything away from the story. Instead, it adds more layers and depth to multi-dimensional characters. I will never look at vampires the same again. Next is The Vampire Lestat. I MUST find out how he got that way.

I like these kind of books, it's about Vampire Lestad

I wanted to know more about Anne Rice Vampires books.Lestad the vampire,but I like to read them in spanish ,that's my original language. Mildred Santana

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