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

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!

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

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/...

Bart

A happy surprise indeed. Perhaps it was a result of low expectations or a prior experience with the movie "Interview with the Vampire" that had me so unprepared to enjoy this novel.The Vampire Lestat is a great read. It may not have all the literary quality of, say, Cormac McCarthy's equally gruesome accounts, but it is more enjoyable on its first reading.What makes authors great, of course, is how their works hold up on revisits. Knowing the plotting and the conclusion of Anne Rice's novel, I'm unlikely to go back to it. But let that dissuade no one from giving this novel a first reading.If there are shortcomings in this book, they derive from Rice's tries at ontological philosophy. She's brave to consider questions of immortality, of course, but probably not as wise to record her thoughts. In the first third, she tries to tackle immortality - and how it relates, ultimately, to good and evil - but she sort of loses her way. She has her characters who, for being inexperienced at being immortal, haven't the depth for it, making soliloquies about its consequences.Later on, though, when she comes to characters that are millennia old, she knows better and concedes the impenetrability of their plight. And along the way, she also kills off about 100 "immortals". This also seems to suggest that maybe all those pages of contemplating immortality should have remained behind in the novel's first draft.Otherwise, the book is a joy to read. It's lively and well written. For the most part, Rice moves the book at the right pace and proves, once more, that descriptive writing works great when it enhances the plot. Too many inexperienced writers seem to mistake descriptive writing for the plot. All such readers would be encouraged to review the last 15 pages of The Vampire Lestat; after 600 pages, Rice knows when to go full bore into description and make her novel's conclusion memorable.

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.

Жор

Абсолютен титан в историите за вампири! Надмина всичките ми очаквания и успя да изпревари "Дракула" в личния ми топ.http://knizhenjor.com/2012/12/vampira...

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

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.

Helen

I started off a bit slow with this one, because of 'vampire literature saturation' and in small part due to that Amazon 'review' Anne Rice did on her books/characters (what an ego!). Still, despite that astonishing view into Anne Rice's mind (assuming that was actually the author) I ended up really, REALLY enjoying this one. I loved Marius' history of himself and Those Who Must Be Kept, as well as the aftermath of Lestat's voluntary exposure to the world. I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek when I wrote "Lestat is a rockstar. Take that, Edward!" but now I mean it sincerely. Can't wait to read the next one. Guess I should stop gushing...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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