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

Melissa

** spoiler alert ** Was excited about this one after I LOOOVED "Inteview..." however I was not impressed after the first half of the book. She essentially gives 3 backstories here. Lestat, of course, and then Armand, and then Marius. Lestat seemed so extreme and crazy in the first novel... but here he seemed just like Louis. The writing was beautiful in the first book, but here it just seemed very chaotic, and almost like she was trying too hard to replicate the first book. Lestat was supposed to be chaotic, not the writing. I did enjoy his history, but I almost hated him in the first book and rather expected him to stay more a villain than a "hero." Not that I'm calling him a hero, but hopefully you know what I mean. I know this review is going to make some people angry, but honest is honest. The rock star thing didn't make sense to me either, though I know somehow he has to become "current."Armand was also not what I expected. Very often I'm delighted by that, but the role reversal here was also odd for me. Armand was very seductive and "a good guy" in the first book, here the exact opposite. I was also confused by his description. The movie version of the first book may have contributed to that, but I definitely didn't picture Armand as a young red-head. There was some confusion in the graveyard scene as to who was the "leader," who was Armand, and who everyone else was of the Children of Darkness. Obviously it became clear eventually, but nevertheless, it was confusing. Once we got to Marius, though, the book changed for me. I was VERY interested by this story, the writing seemed to flow better, and the storyline about the beginning of vampirism finally fit in. Things were still a little contradictory, however, once we got to the "explanation" of the first book. Lestat idolizes Marius, yet breaks every single rule. Fans of the first novel will agree that this sounds very much like Lestat, but in this novel he's very different for most of it. I don't know, I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks but I'm just not loving this book like I did the first one.

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

Christine (AR)

Dear Anne Rice:NOT WORTHY.Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not LestatThis was a re-read for me, but in all honesty, I don't think I was ready for this book the first time I read it. Or at least, I didn't appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it's not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast-moving plot -- more than anything, it's the characters. Lestat, of course, Rice's 'brat prince', arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the same time -- he'd be enough to carry any book, imo, but the secondary characters are just as layered and bewitching, probably because we see them through Lestat's eyes. Nicki and his endless internal darkness; Armand, who manages to be both tragic and terrifying; Gabrielle, who seems like a force of nature; and even Louis, the whiny, unreliable narrator from Interview comes off as beautiful and mysterious, the star-crossed love of Lestat's afterlife. I swooned through the last chapter.I didn't care for the places Rice took this series after Queen of the Damned, but for me, Lestat continues to define the vampire-as-anti-hero genre. No other blood-sucker comes close.

Meli

Lestat es mi personaje favorito de toda la literatura entera, amo a este idiota y simplemente no concibo mi vida literaria (la real probablemente tampoco) si él no existiera.Reseña de este libro, bien larga y como la gente, por acá :Dhttp://leyendo-vuelo.blogspot.com.ar/...

Alex

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.

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.

Michael Wais

I did really like "Interview with the Vampire" before I started reading this novel. I liked how easy it was to get lost in the premise of "Interview" and forget that it was almost all a dialogue in flashback. (That's what makes it stand alone as something done in the literary medium, imho.) From that angle I just thought that shifting immediately to the disembodied first-person subjective narrative voice of Lestat was a little bit pretentious. The part that really turned me off was that Lestat lived that long and what does he decide to do? Become a rock star! (That's not a spoiler either. It's within the first 50 pages or so.) I put it down after the part where Lestat meets the characters who become his band-mates in the book. It would be a lot scarier and more realistic if he wanted to use his diabolical powers to become something like, for example, a politician! That's what made the demon-child Damien so scary in "The Omen" movies.Anyway, I do want to pick up the book again since I started reading it more than 15 years ago and I want to see if I can get into it this time around. Plus, I really liked "Interview with the Vampire". I thought Anne Rice wrote that book VERY well and "Interview" had me at the edge of my seat!

Ellie Red

So much more than what the title promises! 'The Vampire Lestat' is not just a tale of our beloved vampire, it's the origins of the vampire world, everything is being said, written and explained about vampires. Anne Rice has magnificently succeeded in re-creating the phenomenon 'vampire'.In this novel you get to know Lestat's point of view and you discover how much differently Louis perceived him in 'interview with the vampire'. All in all a must read for anyone who is in love with the vampire culture.

Kelly

It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, "Interview with a Vampire." let me explain."The Vampire Lestat" is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice's first book. Don't get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of the novel you start to think maybe that's not the case. That single thought pushed me to read his story to find out why Lestat was the way he was.I LOVED learning about where Lestat came from and also finding out about ALL of the ancient vampires, all the way back to the very FIRST vampire. In Lestat's story, the reader goes throughout the centuries, as he meets other vampire's who tell their tales. This book feels like a world tour that goes back to Ancient Egyptian times, to classical Rome, to pagan Europe, to the times of the French Revolution, to an old, decaying (slightly creepy I might add) Parisian cemetery and back up to the present time. It was FUN to follow Lestats journey to find the truth..the same truth that Louis was always searching for, but never found. The entire story is fascinating and spans centuries as Lestat grows from a fledgling vampire into the emotional, lonely, angry, and finally carefree vampire he is upon setting foot on a San Francisco stage to perform his first rock concert in front of 15,000 screaming fans. (Yes, Lestat is a Rock star in the 1980's in this book! My first thought to that was, "Whatever!" But then it made sense.)Lestat now gets a chance to tell his OWN story, and it makes us (the reader) realize that he has suffered even more than Louis and shows that he is not a villain; he is the tragic hero of sorts. He is actually far more aware than Louis, something else that Louis doesn't see either. He is a gentle, innocent, thoughtful young man who has suffered so much in his life, and then he is forced into becoming one of the living dead, who now must kill to survive. It is explained to us why Lestat is the way he is and why he does the things he does which is truly interesting.When you read "Interview with a Vampire" you don't know then that Lestat is misunderstood by Louis, and therefore misunderstood by the reader, whom is seeing the story through Louis' eyes. The glimpses of Lestat we have in Interview with the Vampire, of his relationship with his father, of the way he acts, of his charm that Louis finds both attractive and repulsive, of his love of bright artificial light and his desire to live luxuriously, of his friendship with a young musician, of his doting upon Claudia and showering her with gifts, of his fear to lose Louis, of him emotionally distraught and pleading with Louis to come back to him in Paris (which I didn't understand at the time), and finally of the frail, broken, and pitiful shadow of a man he has become by the end of Louis's story, where Louis finds him again in New Orleans. All of these things are hints at the depth and complexity of the character of Lestat. In The Vampire Lestat, you will finally see the entire picture, and see the masterpiece of a character that Lestat is. The depth and the multi-dimensionality, and the humanity of Lestat. If you liked Louis before, you will still like him. But you will like Lestat even more because you will see how completely misunderstood he is and learn the story of the pain and sorrow he kept hidden in his heart, hidden underneath that charming facade that Louis encountered on his plantation in 1791. You will start to understand HOW Lestat could act the way he did towards Louis and Claudia which was the answer to the questions I was seeking in this book so I closed the covers of this book satisfied.

Chris

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.

Michelle

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.

Michelle

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.

David

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.

Rose

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.

Jao Romero

I've read Anne Rice's "Interview..." and "Lestat" long before I realized I actually liked these romantic blood-suckers. My better-half drew out my interest in them. Like a lot of things I disliked before and now like, vampires for me has become something which I count as how much my wife has changed me.I still remember how I felt after reading Lestat's story, how that brief glimpse in an immortal's life and psyche made me felt somehow -- connected.I read "Lestat" long ago, yet it's only now that I truly understand what Lestat was griping about when he said that: the world is a savage garden. If I meet Lestat right now, I'd say to him: I feel you man. I understand why you hate God.I mean for godssakes, he was given a gift/curse (depending on how you view it) which he did not want, and in which he was able to experience what many mortals were unable to experience. To view man's suffering in the flow of time, to be their predator and share their grief, to have lived a millenia and reached a point where he actually longed for death...Truly who wouldn't cry out to heaven and say: you made the world a savage garden, for what purpose, you unfathomable prick?Anne Rice's discourse on heaven and earth, the angels, and God's reason for creating man, in her other book "Memnoch," made me feel Lestat's pain more. And yet, when given that choice to either side with God or with Satan, Lestat chose God.And this is how Lestat's savage garden truly comes full circle.To have lived his life and know eternity and despair, seen in the eyes of an immortal, the view of the world can certainly one that can be called: a savage garden. A garden where you can see the most beautiful roses, pick one up, and be pricked by its thorns.It's the paradox of life. Pain makes life bloom unlike any other emotion we can experience.---To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower,Fuck fate which isn't in your hand, and curse God and his damn power.

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