I love this. A Lolita for the new generation but more tender and more accesible.Joanna
Upon finishing this book, I was left with a feeling of bewilderment. I dare say that like which Dorothy experienced after the tornado and finding herself in a strange world she had never even dared to dream of before.While I am no prude, I admit that I found it strange to be reading Belinda, to be reading a story of a middle aged man that falls in love with a sophisticated, mature, and beguiling 16 year old. And to be clear, she falls in love with him as well. While most people claim that age is just a number, when a person under the age of 18 is involved it suddenly becomes taboo, even a perversion. Which is strange when one considers that many of the parents of children in the 50s were often young women of 13-17 when they got married to men of 21 and older. That it became taboo in a single generation is mind boggling. And though I myself believe that most 16 year old kids are not mature enough to step into a stable and healthy marriage, upon reading Belinda I find that I can believe her quite capable.Here is Anne Rice writing in her majestic way that draws you in and allows to to really “feel” the areas she has her characters in. From the moody and dark brilliance of New Orleans, to the foggy and open and clean San Francisco, to the smog filled lush beauty of Tinseltown, you really can imagine yourself there. Warmed by the sun, hair blowing in the breeze, listening to the wind tossing the trees in the storm outside, every nuance is covered and transmitted in words to form a clear image in your head that transports you right into it.Add to this that she gives each character such unique poise. Every person is separate, each their own way of talking and body language. You’re never questioning who she’s talking about because each character is painted vividly in your imagination. You fall in love with the loyal gentleman actor Alex, with G.G.’s boyish charm and quick wits and his innocence, Blaire’s flamboyant and loud exuberance, and Susan’s easy southern charm and ready smile. Even the smallest characters pull at your mind like each has their own story to tell if you’d just come on in for a cup of tea.All in all, a boundary pushing book. While not my favorite of Anne Rice’s work, and a bit hard to really get into for the first half (simply because I was weighing morality of a 45 year old and a 16 year old and wasn’t identifying with them at first, but that did come later), it’s well worth pushing through to the whirlwind ending if you're able to come to terms with the age gap.David Pimenta
Sob o pseudónimo Anne Rampling, Anne Rice escreveu “Belinda” como sendo uma história erótica de uma rapariga de dezasseis anos que se envolve e apaixona por um artista, pintor e autor de livros infantis com quarenta e quatro anos de idade. Afastando-se dos diferentes universos que criou, como é o caso do mundo dos vampiros de Lestat ou das bruxas, nos anos 80 termina este livro (que mais tem de romântico do que erótico) e consegue mostrar o seu talento para várias temáticas.Esta história foge do normal ou banal em Anne Rice e quando me refiro a este banal faço referência as cenas de violência vampírica escritas para “A Entrevista com o Vampiro” ou para as infinitas páginas da história de anjos caídos, mais recentemente em “O Tempo do Anjo”, “Belinda” conta a história da personagem com o nome do título, fugida e desconhecida para os olhos de Jeremy Walker que acaba por se apaixonar pela figura de Belinda e mais tarde pela sua personalidade. O passado da jovem acaba por vir ao de cima e envolve o artista num grande circo, é esta a palavra mais correcta.No início, o mistério em torno da história de Belinda acaba por envolver e interessar o leitor. O romance impensável entre a jovem o quarentão acaba por fazer com o leitor mergulhe em boas doses de sensações e também em um pouco de erotismo, concedido pela obsessão do pintor e escritor. O único defeito deste livro é quando conhecemos a história (demasiado) longa de Belinda, exposta num antro de escândalos e à volta do mundo do Cinema. Chateia, sinceramente mas acaba por se tornar novamente interessante nos capítulos finais. Recomendo-o a quem gosta de uma história bem formulada com poucas personagens e relacionada com estrelas do mundo do cinema. De resto, acaba por se tornar aborrecido ao fim de algum tempo. Anne Rice estiveste bem melhor em “A Entrevista com o Vampiro”.3/5Chris G.
Too many words... seriously. I love Anne Rice, but sometimes I wonder if she gets paid by the word count. Quite a few places where the story drags while the author takes time out to spend 20 pages describing the history of a place or art, etc. flip, flip, flip... back to the story.The story itself is good, if not a bit contrived. Very dated at this point. The 16yo starlet is my age, making her 44 now. Lots of references to the time period that don't hold up now. Would love to see a rewritten, modernized version.Despite the inevitable comparisons to Lolita, it's not. Better story, and better ending, for sure.Michelle Vaughn
I kept referring to this as "that turd of an Anne Rice novel I'm torturing myself with" if that tells you anything about my reading experience. Crap writing, dumb dumb dummy dumb dumb plot full of unbelievable, unrelateable characters, and then there's that thing where Anne Rice is writing about a love affair (well, Jeremy says he is in love, but what I think he means is that he really likes to bone his live-in baby-faced teenage runaway) between a grown ass man (who should know better) and a 16-year-old. Belinda, our Lolita, insists that because she has had an "adult" body since she was 14, that makes her an adult free to have adult love affairs. And, yes, perhaps a discussion about the autonomy of teens over their bodies should be discussed. (Why do I think teens should have access to birth control and emergency contraception, but I think this teen should be torn by force from the arms of her man lover?) But, Anne Rice's version of what is truly "right" versus the "moral majority" is sort of nauseating--particularly because Jeremy actually beats Belinda at some point, a fact he admits to (by painting it--gag), but every character in the book, including Belinda and her father, forgive. Um, hello, Anne Rice. A man who raises a hand against a woman a) has done it before and b) will do it again. Keep that dude away from teen dream. Seriously. To clarify: is having sex with and painting nude portraits of a womanly-bodied 16 year old pedophilia and pornography? No. Is it morally corrupt and exploitative? Yes. Teenagers are not adults. And though Anne Rice tries to present Belinda as a worldy character, it is very obvious that she is not an adult. She is, emotionally, still on the child-end of the human emotional spectrum. Belinda is needy, co-dependent, and vulnerable--which are exactly the traits that drive Jeremy so boner-crazy. And I'm supposed to route for this relationship? No.And I'm no prude, right? I'm not new to transgressive literature and transgressive love affairs in literature. Whatever my feelings about adult/teen sexual relationships, I might still have been able to get something out of this novel had it not been so poorly written. Seriously, this is a lazy book. And the whole tabloid Hollywood aspect was tedious and exasperrating. This could've been a better book had the focus been shifted to the art-world aspect and the public reaction to the works, without all of the movie starlet mom nonsense.Jennifer
This is one of the lesser-lesser known works by the authoress Anne Rice, written under her least common pen name. On the surface, Belinda seems to resemble Nabakov's famous work Lolita, but the character dimension has Rice's typical sparkle, the intimate scenes are more vivid and realistic, and the more modern setting makes it more accessible for many. This book is a shade more controversial and patently sexual than most of the Vampire Chronicles, but less so than the Beauty Trilogy, so if you are coming from either series, don't expect the same style.Kim Vanderpool
I m fourteen and I happen to like it book along with her other books as well like interview with the vAmpire and Also the vampire lestatMichelle
This is one my favorite books by Mrs. Rice, and also the reason I write eroticNatali.D (BookCupid)
Is this a new Lolita?No.This is the story of Jeremy who falls in love with Belinda. The only problem is that she is underage and refuses to tell him anything about her past. The only resemblance to Nabokov's novel is the age difference with Jeremy being 44, and Belinda 16. But aside from that their relationship had nothing in common with Lolita. Jeremy would never touch Belinda without consent, nor keep her on a tight leash. Also, Belinda felt a lot more mature. She travelled the world and drank champagne, visiting museums left and right. For those who are wondering, there is only one descriptive sex scene and it's pretty short. So I wouldn't call this an erotica either. But more of a love story/mystery.Savannah
NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, AND CONTAINS A LOLITA-ESQUE TALE. If you prefer a more Real Life angsty story with a fairly nice end over Rice's Over the top supernatural bru-ha-ha, look no further. Unless, of course, you are squicked by a teenage girl sleeping with and being in a romance with a middle aged man. That, perhaps, is the major determent in recommending this book. It's rather frightening to know how good a book is but know that because of the plot, someone will judge you for your enjoyment of it. I remember reading it red faced, not because of the content but rather because I knew that if someone recognized what it was, they would raise their eyebrows. The red face may also have been because I was a 16-year-old girl who frequently lust after men in their thirties and forties, reading a story about a man lusting after and eventually falling in love with someone my age. Nothing like haveing a double guilty conscious, eh?In any case, there is Art, there is a debate over art vs obscenity, there is beautiful description, there is a compelling love story that at the same time makes you want to step back, and a hot topic plot. hmmmm. . . sounds like a good read to me! Perhaps I shall reread it now that I'm several years older and my lust objects are a hell of alot closer to my own age. . .Robert Negut
I have to say once again that, for me, a good book must include non-humans, be they elves, vampires, extraterrestrials or whatever else, and/or magic. Or, at least, if it needs to happen in the "real world", have the decency to be placed at least a few centuries ago. I don't want to read a book that depicts things I can see around me. Also, I want a grand scale, the final outcome affecting the entire world, or at least a significant portion of it, not just the lives of a few characters.Still, I'll have to do what those critics in the book did with Jeremy's paintings and grudgingly say... This book is a masterpiece and I'd highly recommend it to absolutely anyone, despite only giving it four stars; that's for the reasons I explained above.All of Anne Rice's obsessions are, naturally, present, and her idea of relationships with outrageous age gaps between the two is obviously staring you right in the face. And while I still find something like this, being with someone who could be your (grand)parent/child, utterly disgusting, in this book I didn't mind at all. Of course, I'll ask what would Belinda and Jeremy be doing now, were they to be real? 20 years after the book was written, she'd be 36 and he'd be 65.But I just said 20 years after the book was written, didn't I? And you know what? It would be accurate to the smallest detail in depicting the general reaction to something like this even now! Disturbing, isn't it?The only thing not depicted as bad in the book that I found (very) disturbing were the fur coats...And the sex scenes are just... electric. I heard the ones in "The Witching Hour" were her best but, after reading this, I have to disagree.(view spoiler)[But I still won't believe you can get out of such a situation by being just nice to everybody, by not hurting back the ones who tried, and managed, at least to a point, to hurt you. Such an ending did make me say "eh, it's only a book after all".I can understand Belinda not wanting to harm Marty, after what they had, though she could, and maybe should, have reconsidered after the attempted rape, but the others... Hit them till they grovel in dirt at your feet! They did the same to you! (hide spoiler)]Otherwise... 90% of people are rotten to the core and stink to high Heaven, if such a place would exist; "morals" do more harm than good; the legal system, the American one probably more than any other in the Western world, simply sucks; and hiding things from those who are close to you only hurts in the long run... Yeah, I knew that, didn't need a book to remind me. So we're back to my original complaint, which is actually a matter of personal taste and not a complaint about the book itself.That's it, now I'll go back to feeling like shit... My story doesn't have a happy ending...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>Eroti Cliterature
If you didn't read this book when it came out, you might think it an erratic, saccharine view of child abuse. Because I was only a little older than the heroine, I saw it as a wonderful dream of freedom. Yes, it was unrealistic. Yes, Jeremy Walker was oddly obsessive. Who cares, so was Fast Times at Ridgemont High in many ways, and it was fantastic.I loved Anne's ability to describe both Belinda's relationship with Jeremy and her mother in ways that felt both broken and worthy. Nothing black or white, just the right touch of pain and need that made them feel real.I just re-read it a few weeks ago and it's stood up surprisingly well. The characters still had pop and pizzazz in my aging imagination. It is still one of those books I meditate on when I'm driving with the radio off. It might not be up to Nabokov's standards, but it certainly does meet mine.Irene
I am an Anne Rice fan The relationship that developed in the book I didn't have an issue with, I can understand from the male characters point of view. I think, I was personally uncomfortable with the running narrative from the males perspective , pedophile references throughout the book frequent in the beginning and the middle. I thought the ending was satisfactory.Danelle
While I enjoyed the book overall, I had to give it one less star based on pacing. The book sort of lagged in the middle and I almost put it away to take a crack at it another day. However I don't like to not finish a book so I read on and i'm glad I did it. This book tackles a relationship between a 44 year old children's book writer/artist and a 16 year old girl who is the daughter of a movie star. At first I didn't know how to feel about it but then as I read it appeared that out of everyone Jeremy was the only person willing to do what was right for Belinda. It's a strange relationship between a man trying to figure out what he really wants to do with his life and a girl who has dark secrets and is wise beyond her years. If you are an Anne Rice fan I fully recommend this book. However if the age difference between the two main characters is too much for you to accept than I don't recommend you reading this. It's one of those books that you have to go into with an open mind.Vanessa theJeepDiva
AWEFUL! I am one of those individuals that must finish the book no matter how much I dislike it. Some of the reviews describe this book as sexy or erotic. I am confused. I did not read anything sexy or erotic in this book. I did however read about a dirty old man exploiting an uneducated poorly raised teenager. I felt so sorry for Belinda. She was raised by thoughtless people. The notebook/letter to Jeremy from Belinda was a torture all on its own. I mean, I mean how many times is she gonna use that phrase in her tale of the events of her life.... I mean....