Lestat Le Vampire

ISBN: 2226031332
ISBN 13: 9782226031334
By: Anne Rice

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Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

Reader's Thoughts

Natalia Belardy

I really liked it. The way Lestat tells his story is very catchy and hilarious. I literally couldn't keep the book apart from me for more than a day (and those days were because I had things to do at uni... If i hadn't, I would've finished earlier)


What I like most about Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles so far is her committment to retooling Vampire mythologies for the twentieth century without turning them into crass marketable potboilers (or indeed frustrating anti-feminist Mills & Boon romances for teenagers. Given her own referencing within the book I imagine that Rice would see her novels as spawning from the great Vampire classics Polidori, Varney, Carmilla and Dracula but for the first time the Vampire isn't the sexual threat in the shadows, that which is unknowable and thinkable (yet desired) so called deviant sexualities are embraced and explored. I can't think of any pre Rice Vampire tale told completely from the viewpoint of the Vampire, though there are probably a bunch of short stories that prove me wrong.I was hoping for a page turning potboiler when I picked this up, I confess, and it wasn't until I progressed towards the end that I realised that Rice's vision was really quite interesting, multilayered and very clever. This sequel to Interview With the Vampire works particularly well as a contrast to it with the character portrayed as "evil" (in some respects) in that novel going to great lengths to justify his behaviour and to assert the truth of his own tale above that of Louis'. In some respects as the older more experienced Vampire he is successful. Clearly age and antiquity is important to Lestat since as his tale unfolds the novel becomes a series of tales within a tale; Lestat tells stories about the Vampire's history as told by Armand and Marius and ultimately the tale of how he falls for the Queen of Darkness, the mother of Vampires herself. Of course, we've only got Lestat's word that any of this is true - he's in respects a reliable narrator - and so what we end up is an account of vampire mythology that compares and contrasts with Louis'The neat trick is how the tales take in different concepts of art and artistry (although this could have been expanded upon)and the way that Lestat's story is booke nded by a modern tale of Lestat retooling himself as a Rock legend (where before the man he loved was a performing violinist, consumed by his passion(. Our identites are bound up in the way we view culture and art and it's Lestat's obsession this art that ultimately consumes him too and leads him to essentially drive the Vampires into a war with humans, whilst also mocking the fact that mortals are so obsessed with image and Vampire identity that they can't even tell the difference between the artistic image and the vampire.Rice is not a "great" author. Her writing can be clunky and laboured and there are many times when the novel drags. Incidents could be more poignant, revelations bigger, moments of characterisation better defined. Yet her work is by no means trash either and these books reward the time that you might spend with them. Her liberal atheistic outlook is also another draw which makes them all the more satisfying to me.


Grab a tampon and a hot-water bottle team; you’re in for a bloody ride, and we’re not talking about the horror-fest you anticipated.Note - I have avoided Anne Rice’s books for several reasons, not all of them truly worth repeating, but it’s safe to say that Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were certainly contributing factors to my aversion.The Vampire Lestat swung between gripping interest and complete… boredom.I’m sorry, I really did like this book in its entirety but there was too much talk about ‘feelings’.I didn’t want to read the echoes of lost loves (you’re immortal, congratulations), I wanted more slash and gore: guts busting out, necks torn in half, you know “fun” stuff. Or maybe that’s just me?Although there were some really good points – like when a vampire is crushed slowly into the ground until there’s nothing left but bubbling goop – there were few of these events to keep me really engaged.The Good:I really liked the way Rice wrote; it captured so much detail of the period/s. Although not a captivating read it certainly had me wanting to reach the end.Characters were really well thought out, and the narrative seemed organic.The Bad:Shut up about feelings. You’re a killing machine, go and do that.The Ugly:Lestat conveniently inherits amazing wealth. He spends it haphazardly, was there any point that he became poor?I was a little disappointed with the ending – as it is a cliffhanger to the next book – but I doubt I’ll read another one.


This story was told by the same guy who had read the audiobook for The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It was a really good narration he really puts you into the mind of Lestat. A tale of the coming of age/vampire of Lestat, you are taken through different timelines of his life through centuries. It was a very deep memoir of his, Anne rice really knows how to use words elegantly in this story. There were times that the life story became a bore and felt like he was self loathing. It brings me back to the Dexter books and his insight as a killer and all his dark passenger rambles. I enjoyed the first book Interview with a vampire more.

Austin James

I just finished Anne Rice's second book in The Vampire Chronicles. "The Vampire Lestat" is part prequel and part sequel to the first book in the series "Interview with The Vampire." It tells the story of Lestat. It tells how he was created, and where he is now. Readers will learn more about characters from the first book as well.Like her first book, Rice uses first person narration to tell her tale. By doing so (and retelling parts of the first story from a different point of view) she explores the unreliability and bias of the narrator which is telling the story. Ultimately it is up to the reader to decide which version of events is true.The thing that really separates Rice's vampires from other literary vampires is the questions they often make the reader ask. Serving as symbolic "reluctant agnostics," the vampires explore questions of spirituality in hopes of reaching salvation they will never receive.I gave this book four out of five stars.Originally reviewed on my website at http://www.AustinJamesHere.blogspot.com


All I can say is... wow. This is an incredible book. Incredible!If you read my review for the first book in the series, Interview with a Vampire, you know that I loved but didn't think it was the best in the series. This one might be. Cast aside any preconceptions you might have about Lestat after seeing the movie INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE. Both the book and the movie show us Lestat through Louis' eyes. The Vampire Lestat shows us Lestat through his own eyes, and what a complex, tortured view it is. Spanning hundreds of years and multiple continents, Rice takes us along for the ride as Lestat struggles to accept his place in the world - not just as a vampire but as a deeply complicated individual. Rice's prose is flawless - both lyrical and real - and the picture she paints of Lestat is one that I can totally relate to despite the fact that we are, obviously, worlds apart. If you're looking for something to transport you to a totally different place and time, this is your book. Rich, Gothic, and very, very dark, it's now one of my favorite books of all time.


TL;DR - it's worth reading if you enjoy the franchise, the characters, and are willing to self-edit (that is, skip the repetitive expositions).Although I read this book when it was first published, and reread it a time or two in the intervening decades, most recently I "read" this book as an audio book, which is an interesting test for a book. The book is in the first person, so listening to it heightens the effect of Lestat telling you his story; however, I hadn't realized how much of the pontificating I usually skipped over when rereading the book in print. At times during the narration I wanted to stop Lestat and tell him, "I get it--you've made your point. Move along, please." I had forgotten the endless exposition about the nature of good and evil and spirituality, and I had forgotten how much Lestat verges on being a "Mary Sue" (an overly idealized character). His flaws are extensive, some of which even acknowledged in faux-self-deprecation, but somehow everyone loves him despite these flaws, and forgives him the most outrageous transgressions, which always end up benefitting him.The character of Gabrielle has always been more interesting to me than Lestat. Where his extreme extraversion annoys me, her uncompromising introversion attracts. Where Lestat's transformation to vampire leads him to endless ruminations about the need to love humans and humanity, his dependence on and need of them, the utter lack of meaning in a life without the love of humans, Gabrielle uses her transformation to free her at last from the demands and needs of others. She sticks around for a few transitional decades to try to wean her son into adult independence, but ultimately puts her own selfhood first. Detaching to look at the structure of the book, the tale within a tale is carried too far, and by the time Lestat meets up with Marius, I was snorting as I counted the layers, as we have Lestat, who tells us the tale of himself listening to Marius, as Marius relates the tale of Marius listening to the tale of the Egyptian priest, who relates the story of Those Who Must Be Kept. There may have been another layer in there, but who can keep track? While the individual embedded stories were interesting, they also felt like a massive info dump, to give us the necessary background to appreciate the amazing specialness of Lestat, when he is the one to whom the Queen (silent and unmoving for centuries) responds.If you're going to read this book for the first time, make sure you have the next book "Queen of the Damned" ready, as "The Vampire Lestat" ends in a cliffhanger.

Fangs for the Fantasy

Lestat awakens after many decades under the earth. He’s greeted with a new world, a world of music and freedom and excitement and infinite possibilitiesAnd a world where Louis has had a book written. One that could use some… corrections. Or elaborationsBut far more important than that is to seek the opportunity this new world presents and produce a grand spectacle – one that breaks all the rules and will shake vampire society to its core. The presentation of Lestat’s history. All of it – to a world stageThe Vampire Lestat is definitely an improvement to Interview With a Vampire, bringing far more action, far more exploration of the world and far more revelation of the nature of vampires than ever Louis’ interminable naval gazing and angst ever brought us. This was definitely a step up.But first let’s hit some problems I had.Firstly, wordiness. This book was over 500 pages long and could easily be half that. These books are painfully, horrendously over-written, repetitive, prone to long monologues and incapable of leaving anything to inference. No matter what the good points are with this book, I ultimately still struggle because of this morass of excess verbiage I have to struggle through to actually reach the story. Yes, it’s wonderful to be transported to the scene with excellent, evocative language use – but that is done and then some. And then it is repeated. And no-one can feel emotion without it being described in incredible length – nothing is left to inference. There are times when it is clear Lestat is happy or angry or sad and we don’t really need several paragraphs of elaborate text telling us it.This is especially a problem here because what Louis was to angsty whining, Lestat is to hyperbolic melodrama. Louis is whiney. Lestat is moody. Both of which require pages and pages and pages to describe.I also didn’t particularly like the endless philosophy leveraged in – not because it couldn’t have been interesting but because, again, it’s long winded and repetitive with the same tired points repeated over and over again without any real depth or development beyond further repetition. This only gets worse if you’ve read Interview with a Vampire because it’s the same points, the same philosophy that was already repeated ad nauseum there.Now, let’s hit some good. One of the main things I loved was the presentation of Louis as an unreliable narrator. So often books are presented as showing what was in a story, despite the fact they are often narrated from a very skewed point of view. I loved the idea that, for all we’ve read in the first book, there was a decent chance that Louis was lying about some of it. And if not lying, he was clearly misinterpreting or misunderstanding a great deal. And through that lens of misunderstanding we learned far more about Louis than we did from his own words alone.Reading this, we can see Louis’s arrogance, the snap assumptions he makes. Someone isn’t interested in what he is? They must be ignorant, or uneducated or shallow. Someone isn’t finding rapture in what he is – it’s their limited viewpoint, not because they may have already experienced it. Someone isn’t interested in the questions? Such shallow thinking! It couldn’t be because they already have the answers. Louis, previously the deep and meaningful vampire in a sea of shallow misunderstanding is exposed as being isolated by his own arrogant assumptions and self-centredness – his own ignorance and refusal to consider that he could be ignorant.Almost as dramatic is the transformation of Armand. Far from the enlightened trailblazer, we see the consummate follower, the man – the eternal child – always looking for someone to show him the way. Even his seeking Louis for a connection to the modern world isn’t his own thinking – it’s the last advice Gabrielle gave himRead More


Let me clear one thing up: I haven't read Queen of the Damned yet, but this book definitely increased my love for Lestat.In Interview With the Vampire, Lestat read to me as the aristocratic, realistic, practical vampire with a lust for blood and opinions grounded in blunt reality. I liked him as a villain, and I love him as a hero. Louis felt to me like a melodramatic teenager with a flair for angsty sololiquies. I don't hate him, but I don't have a passion for his character.Lestat's history is mildly disturbing, especially his flip-flopping love for his mother, but he does have flaws and personality, and that makes him interesting. He's the charming, gorgeous young man who will drink your blood, slay evildoers, play the piano, argue intelligently with a sophisticated French accent, and love his fellow vampires and mortals in a darkly honest way I love.Lestat is the neo-European vampire, graceful and deadly. Yes, his O.O Claudia incident was a mistake, but hey, no-one is perfect. And this golden-haired vampire does come close.

Jepoi Genaldo

Certainly Anne Rice is a genius!In the Book “The Vampire Lestat” tackles the origins of Lestat from Human to VampireThe depth of the Story was pretty intense which made the whole story enticing.The Vampire Lestat is the second edition of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles which tells the story of Lestat De Lioncourt; a 200 year old Vampire originating from Auvergne France, An impoverished Aristocrat due to his brother. After running off to Paris to be an actor together with his close friend Nicholas De Lenfent, Lestat was bitten by an old Vampire name Magnus which started this story.What amazes me is that she created an entire world which was vividly described which makes you believe you where inside it. Honestly I even forgot to eat because I soaked in the story.Lastly “The Vampire Lestat” is a prelude to the book “Queen of the Damn” and let me tell will make you gasping in the end!

Христо Блажев

“Вампирът Лестат” – страховито и страстно, магично ново начало…http://knigolandia.info/book-review/v...Не бях подготвен за тази книга. Нито “Интервю с вампир”, нито трилогията “Напаст” на Торо и Хоган, нито продължението на Стокър – “Дракула: Немъртвият” или купищата други жанрови книги, за които съм писал тук. Просто не очаквах такова чудо, което на някои страници да ме пленява неудържимо, на други да ме отвращава и обърква, на трети да ме кара да препрочитам разни мистични изстъпления в почуда… а в края да кипва кръвта в диви ритми. Еротичността на текста на някои места е хипнотична, а сексуалността пропива всяка страница, без да отдава дан на морал и някакви си норми – гръцките кръвосмесителни митове са скрити под тази вампирска вакханлия, а и не само те – келтските, египетските – Ан Райс смело е бръкнала в кацата с митовете и легендите и е черпила доволно.


In "Interview With a Vampire", Lestat was the villain, and could be viewed as a cold, unfeeling monster. In the sequel, Lestat gets a chance to 'set the record straight.' Reading HIS account on his life, and the years spent with Louis, he actually manages to gain sympathy, and he fully admits to being a brat prince of the undead, and you fall in love with this vampire who listens to Beethoven while riding a motorcycle down the moonlit streets. Lestat has an ego so large, it is little wonder that he chooses to become a rock star and write a book accounting his long life story, because where else can you find that level of admiration and worship if not from center stage, with a microphone, in front of thousands of people cheering you on like at a concert? Who else would write the book but Lestat himself? (Under the alias of Anne Rice, of course.) He proves to be so entertaining that all of the vampire books after that are told from his point of view.


My favorite book of all time. REad Interview with the Vampire first, then this one, then Queen of the Damned and stop there. The rest are awful.

Lindsay Wing

Obviously, as a tormented, emo teenager, I was way obsessed with this book, and I remembered that a lot of that was based in the fact that I was an angsty 14-year-old. Now, years later, I decided to re-read it for kicks and I have to say that it's still fantastic, and that assertion is in no way based in any stupid self-indulgent fascination with suffering. It's just a beautifully written book. It starts off slow, but the second half is striking and magnificently written. Rice uses some of the most poetic language I've ever read and even though the subject matter is a little bit trite ("oh it's so sexy to be a vampire, yadda, yadda, yadda"), Rice has a particular talent for crafting characters that are fascinating in their psychological acceptance of their un-dead lifestyle, and whose perception of the world around them, as immortals, sheds a fantastically beautiful rendering of our lives as "mortals." This book makes me want to discover the beauty in my own life and experience and to embrace fully the supernatural elegance and grace of our immortal planet and our undying humanity.


Everyone, undead or otherwise, should own a copy of this book. They should read it, too, preferably more than once. Even the non-vampires. Even those who are not usually fans of the horror genre.You see, author Anne Rice has written a book about more than murderous bloodsucking monsters, about more than cheap, easy scares. In The Vampire Lestat Rice has purposefully--even willfully--transcended the horror genre by creating a character so vital and compelling that readers are better for knowing him.Lestat de Lioncourt, the book's namesake and undead protagonist, is assaulted by an elder vampire, drained to the point of death, and bestowed with the Dark Gift. He does not ask for this nor does he ever once consider it possible. Young Lestat is utterly ignorant of the preternatural world around him.Imagine his dismay! He has questions, concerns, and doubts. What happened to me? Why? At times he is afraid and confused, even angry.But through it all, Lestat never allows despair to consume him. He survives, he copes, he overcomes. And in doing so, he becomes a role model for us all. No, not necessarily in the night stalking, human-feasting sort of way. Although in some cases (yours truly) that applies.Instead, by wholly embracing his vampiric nature, Lestat masters it. He achieves and becomes so much more than many of his contemporaries who, like feral beasts, slink in secret and shame through graveyards in search of prey. In time, Lestat becomes a publicly known vampire and rock star. He is unashamed and unapologetic. He is himself, the good and bad.The lesson author Rice seeks to impart is clear: accept yourself. Like Lestat, none of us, living or dead, can control what gifts we possess as individuals. But we can decide how to act upon them.Carpe Noctem! readers.

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