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Interview with the Vampire di Anne Rice
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Interview with the Vampire (edizione 1991)

di Anne Rice (Autore)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Horror. Thriller. HTML:40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, "a magnificent, compulsively readable thriller...Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myththe education of the vampire (Chicago Tribune). The inspiration for the hit television series

The time is now.
We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaksas 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 heiryoung, romantic, cultivatedto 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 beings . . . to 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 vampireall her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small childand 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 deatha 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 imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Thtre des Vampiresthe beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to 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.
… (altro)
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Titolo:Interview with the Vampire
Autori:Anne Rice (Autore)
Info:Ballantine Books (1991), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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The audio version of this books is horrible. The reader thinks everything needs to be breathy suspense - Louis is a nice guy - he doesn't need to be dramatized (and if he hadn't been, in the audio version - he'd have been a much easier character to listen to.) Then comes Armond - who is a YOUNG man who sounds 150... these are young lovers (despite their age)... if the face doesnt change - neither does the vocal cords... jeez.
I love this book - have read it over and over and over.... but this audio version would have turned me off to AnneRice at the start.
Unfortunate. ( )
  asl4u | Jul 21, 2024 |
I uh. Gave up after louis repeatedly refers to claudia as his bride, lover, etc.
Super disappointimg because it is well written, but its difficult to sympathise with a groomer. I much prefer the show and movie.
  BeanieBeanie | Jul 19, 2024 |
The first time I read "Interview with the Vampire" I was around 17 y/o. At the time, I was mad about vampires, werewolves, and all manner of ghosts and ghouls, particularly in literary form. I recall reading a magazine article, around about the time when the movie was being made starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. I had no idea who Brad Pitt was at the time, but I was a fan of Tom Cruise, so it caught my attention. I remember reading that the movie was based on a book called "Interview with the Vampire" and the title caught my interest enough for me to pop down the local library and grab a copy of the paperback.

Now, more than 20 years later, I've decided to re-read all of the vampire chronicles in order due to the imminent release of the next installment in the series called "Prince Lestat" which is scheduled to come out at the end of October. At present, little is known about the book and the publisher is keeping a tight lid on the plot.

This review will contain spoilers so If you haven't read the book, or seen the movie, stop reading now.

Still with me? Great, let's get going...

"Interview" is about a vampire named Louis (you don't find out his last name until later books) who has asked a young boy reporter to tape record his life story.

Louis's story begins with the tale of him being the master of a Louisiana plantation in 1791.

He lives with his mother, sister and brother, Paul who dedicates himself to their Catholic religion. Louis encourages this, even building an oratory in the garden for his brother to use, until Paul comes to him and tells Louis he's had a vision from God and he needs to give the family's wealth to the church. When Louis says no, Paul throws himself from the top of the stairs, and kills himself.

Louis blames himself and falls into a deep suicidal depression. He longs for death but doesn't have the guts to do it himself. So, he frequents dodgy bars, gets into fights and duels and waits for the moment when someone will finally kill him.

Instead, it's a vampire who finds him and after feeding on him to the point of death, gives him a choice - live forever, or die. At this point Louise has suffered a deathly sickness, and so he has tasted what death means. He's also come to the realisation that he can't bring back Paul, and he has to move on.

The following evening, the vampire returns and makes Louis a vampire.

Louis's hope is that now he's a vampire, Lestat (the vampire who made him) will guide and teach him about their kind (where they've come from and why they exist) He needs to know this to define his new paradigm. He's a now a killer that needs to feed on blood to live - which he struggles with. Unfortunately, Lestat says he doesn't know anything about where they've come from or why they exist (so he says!), and this leaves Louis feeling no different than when he was a mortal - only now, his pain, along with his senses and strengths - are greatly increased, and he now wants to die even more than before. Irony in motion.

He begins to think they (vampires) have been created by the devil, and he refuses to do devilish things, like drink human blood (which is kind of the idea). And so, he begins many years of drinking the blood of animals, all whilst trying to find out about their kind from Lestat who grows crueler and colder towards Louis as the years pass.

In a way, you can see Lestat's perspective. Louis has been given all these wonderful powers (dark gifts), including immortality, and he's turned them into a curse. On the other hand, Lestat - in this book - is incredibly short tempered and prone to say nasty things. Also, his seeming lack of understanding or empathy would probably drive anyone mad. Especially when he's the one that stands between the knowledge that Louis craves.

There's one particular scene, played out in the movie to precision, where Lestat baits Louis into a confrontation where Lestat is tormenting two prostitutes. His goal is to get Louis to take his aesthetic tastes to purer things if necessary, but to understand that he's a killer and his new life, whether he likes it or not, is what he is stuck with for all eternity, so he'd better get used to it.

Louis, shocked and disgusted by the mocking and torment of the prostitutes whom he considers innocents leads him out on a nighttime walk where he discovers a five year old girl beside her dead mother pleading for her to wake up. Louis, finally accepting his place in the world feeds on the girl only to be discovered by Lestat who proceeds to mock him! Louis, it seems just can't win with Lestat. Thus, he decides to leave Lestat and find the answers himself.

Before he can, however, in an attempt to make amends, Lestat takes Louis to a hospital where the little girl is, and pretending to be the father of the child takes her away. Louis barely says anything. He stands by, watching. Doing nothing. Passive. This is Louis greatest fault, and the mistake he will continue to make as the novel and his life progresses.

Lestat, offers to make the girl (Claudia) a vampire so they can stay together as a family. Again, without much objection, Lestat makes the five year old eternal.

For years life is good; they live as any family would, but time passes differently for vampires (quicker, perhaps) and before they know it, 60 years have passed, and the five year old child now has the mind and soul of an adult - with the resentment to match.

This comes to a head when Claudia asks Lestat who made them, where did they come from. This is a question Louis has asked many times, and this time the answer from Lestat is no different. He doesn't know. As a result, Claudia sees no need for Lestat, and tells Louis she wants to leave with Louis. Louis says that Lestat won't let them go, which leads Claudia to poisoning Lestat - with dead human blood, which Vampires are unable to tolerate. When Lestat is weakened, Claudia slits his throat and stabs him multiple times. Again, we see Louis, passive, not doing anything to help his maker.

They bury Lestat in the swamp, but a week later he returns to exact his vengeance. This, however, doesn't go according to plan, and he is burned by a torch that Louis throws at him. This it seems is the only time he is not passive.

Claudia and Louis, believing Lestat to be dead, travel to Eastern Europe to search for others of their kind, but all they come across are zombie like vampires with no ability to communicate. From there, they travel to Paris, where finally they meet others of their kind.

In Paris, a vampire cove, led by a 400 year old vampire by the name of Armand, invite Louis and Claudia to the "Theatre of the Vampires" where the undead put on macabre plays and shows to scare the Parisians - who are totally unaware their white-faced monsters on stage are actually immortal vampires.

Louis receives no more answers from Armand than he received from the "late" Lestat, however he has a connection to Armand that he hasn't had before - even with his "daughter" Claudia.

Claudia senses this and knowing that Louis will soon leave her, she asks Louis to make a woman named Madeleine a vampire so Claudia will not be lonely or helpless (after all she's only a five year old girl at least physically). Louis agrees, at great expense to his "soul". He feels his humanity is now truly gone as he'd always promised to himself that he would never make a mortal into a vampire.

A short while later, the coven of vampires takes Louis, Claudia and Madeleine hostage and bring them before Armand, and Lestat, who is grossly scarred from Claudia's and Louis attack on him in New Orleans. Armand stands doing and saying nothing as judgement is pronounced on Louis, Claudia and Madeleine, for the attack and attempted murder of Lestat.

Louis is sentenced to being locked in a steel box beneath the Theatre of the Vampires for a number of years, and they throw the newly created Madeleine and Claudia into the bottom of an open well. When the sun rises the following morning, both Claudia and Madeleine are burned to ashes.

Armand appears as the sun sets, and pulls Louis from the coffin. Lestat is gone. The vampires snigger and laugh as he walks by them to the open well where he sees his daughter turned to ashes. He then decides to get his revenge on the coven of vampires by returning when the sun is up and burning them all whilst they sleep in their coffins. Armand's coffin has been moved however, and it's not until the following evening that Armand appears to Louis, sorry for what has happened, but expressing how he was unable to help.

Louis sees the irony, however. The similarity that they both share, is their passivity. All the bad that has happened to Louis as a mortal man and a vampire can be traced back to his passivity. Standing by, doing nothing. Letting it happen. This weakness is what caused his brother's death, Lestat turning a child into an eternal creature of the night, Lestat's "death" (twice!), and Claudia's ultimate demise. And Armand, in his passivity, has allowed the one thing that truly made Louis human (his love for Claudia) to die with her.

By the end, you hope that Louis understands that he needs to get off his ass; embrace life! Embrace Living! Embrace the act of killing as a means to survive. Enjoy the gift. Don't be passive. Act always.

I don't know if that's something that's changed within Louis, though he does recognise his passiveness as a character flaw, and ultimately this is the reason why he chooses to leave Armand and live alone back home in New Orleans.

There, he comes across a ruined home, where he meets Lestat again who is slowly dying, begging for Louis to forgive him and take him back. Louis tells him no, and we are left to wonder whether Lestat survives or dies.

The following book answers that question, however.

I strongly recommend reading Interview with the Vampire; it's better than the movie. The gothic universe that Anne Rice creates is second to none.

( )
  dscox | Jul 16, 2024 |
Ik had veel te hoge verwachtingen van dit boek. Het wordt geacht een van de grote fantasy-klassiekers te zijn, en toonaangevend voor de manier waarop vampiers worden beschreven in boeken, kortom: een boek dat ik, na het lezen van Bram Stoker's Dracula, hoog op mijn prioriteitenlijstje had staan.

Boy, was I wrong.

Het verhaal begint met een slepende traagheid die kenmerkend is voor het hele boek; er worden karakters voorgesteld die er totaal niet toedoen. Het boek is trouwens ook, wat de titel al zegt, een INTERVIEW. Dat betekent dat het hele verhaal verteld wordt in de 'ik-vorm' (dus worden alle lezers tot Blijde Deelgenoot van al Louis verwarde gevoelens; Hoera!), en dat de lezer ook nog eens constant onderbroken wordt door een fictieve luisteraar, die van de schrijver ook een zeldzaam talent heeft meegekegen voor het maken van domme opmerkingen en het stellen van nutteloze vragen.

Een ander iets dat me bijzonder heeft gestoord tijdens het lezen van dit boek, is dat alle characters in principe zo plat als een dubbeltje zijn. Anne Rice wekt de indruk dat ze allemaal, en dan met name Louis, de hoofdpersoon, verteerd worden door Diepe Gedachten en Levensveranderende Trauma's en al die andere tropes die in de loop der jaren (en dan vooral in het fantasygenre) zo heerlijk cliche zijn geworden, maar de bittere waarheid is dat er slechts gezeurd wordt. Van het kleinste figurantje tot de Zielige, Onbegrepen Hoofdpersoon (denk even na: waarom is dit boek zo populair geweest onder de goth-populatie) aan toe: ze zijn allemaal aan het miemelen. Louis gebruikt uiteraard wat bloemrijkere bewoordingen dan eigenlijk nodig zou zijn, maar ook daar weet Anne Rice weer een pluspunt te scoren bij de goths.

Voor degenen die de film hebben gezien: Ik dacht eerst dat de film (zoals de meeste boekverfilmingen) prut was en zich voor geen meter aan het boek hield. Ook daar zat ik fout. De film geeft precies weer wat het boek eigenlijk probeert te verbergen: de karakters zijn overdreven karikaturen en het verhaal (dat in boekvorm ongeveer 300 pagina's telt) past precies in een lowbudget pulpfilm (met de verplichte incidentele spannende momenten). ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
This was such a sad story. Poor Louie. Was he the exception? If only for a minute?
What happens when you give the human condition powers and immortality…. Chaos and suffering. ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
The author's seriousness is honest, I think, but misplaced; perhaps a bit more Grand Guignol elegance was called for father than incessant philosophizing. Immersed in the book's fetid, morbid atmosphere - like being in a hothouse full of decaying funeral lilies - one longs to get out in the garden.
aggiunto da Shortride | modificaThe New York Times, Richard F. Lingeman (sito a pagamento) (Apr 30, 1976)
 

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Bignardi, MargheritaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Covián, MarceloTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Murail, TristanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Scudellari, R. D.Progetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Fantasy. Fiction. Horror. Thriller. HTML:40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, "a magnificent, compulsively readable thriller...Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myththe education of the vampire (Chicago Tribune). The inspiration for the hit television series

The time is now.
We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaksas 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 heiryoung, romantic, cultivatedto 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 beings . . . to 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 vampireall her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small childand 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 deatha 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 imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Thtre des Vampiresthe beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to 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.

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