Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles #5)

ISBN: 0345409671
ISBN 13: 9780345409676
By: Anne Rice

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"STARTLING . . . FIENDISH . . . MEMNOCH'S TALE IS COMPELLING."--New York Daily News"Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity. . . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife."--Rolling Stone"SENSUAL . . . BOLD, FAST-PACED."--USA Today"Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series. . . . Fans will no doubt devour this."--The Washington Post Book World"MEMNOCH THE DEVIL OFFERS PASSAGES OF POETIC BRILLIANCE."--Playboy"[MEMNOCH] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."--The Seattle Times

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This is one of Anne Rice's best works in my opinion. It is part of the vampire series, but you should be able to understand & enjoy the book without reading the others.The vampire, Lestat, is taken to heaven, hell, and back in time to creation and during the Christ era by Memnoch, the devil. The story told is one very different than the Bible, but it's good. I love Anne Rice's books because she tells the story in a way that it could be true. Anyways, it's a good book, but if you get upset by people twisting the stories of the Bible, it's probably not for you. Go read one of her new books like Christ the Lord. Anything she wrote after she was "born-again."

Ashley Wilson

This book was the worst book of this series. It took me over a year to finish reading. I didn't want to stop reading it because I knew that the information in it was crucial to reading the next books in the series so it took me over a year to finish it and start back on the track with the rest of the series.I do not like the religious aspect of this book at all. Lestat is not a religious character. He is supposed to be a bad-ass vampire stronger than the rest but this book paints a picture of him that I am not too fond of at all!!!That being said, you still need to read it before you read the other books in the series.


Definitely better than the previous book, if only because what little plot there is, starts fast and quick. There are definitely some really weird moments (the "nethermouth" comment and some of the stuff about Memnoch). Also, if you are Christian, there may be some feeling that you are reading blasphemous words in some parts, especially the parts that make it seem that God is indifferent to human suffering and that only the devil cares about us. The ending was a bit weird, if only because I really was tired of the book by the very end and didn't really feel like reading much more of Memnoch or Lestat (who is my least favorite of Vampires). Still, a solid book with interesting ideas, though it's nowhere near as good as Queen of the Damned or The Vampire Lestat.


• This is the kind of book that if it isn’t done exactly correct then it doesn’t make any sense at the end. I guess Lestat is used by the devil and all that, but how does that fit in with anything that was shone to Lestat? Even if it is all lies, the question is why? If Memnoch or God or anyone needed to get the veil of Veronica out to the public there were many easier and less time consuming way to do it. Why waste all this time and answer no questions? Again, it just doesn’t make much sense. Rice does manage to raise a few philosophical questions about the nature of God and the devil. When you think about it, why would Satan want to be completely evil? He was a being created to be beautiful. Why would God create him if he knew he would rebel? Who knows?


Ο Λεστά παρακολουθεί το θύμα του για πολύ καιρό. Είναι ένας μεγαλομαφιόζος που έχει αδυναμία σε 2 πράγματα, στα θρησκευτικά κειμήλια και την κόρη του Ντόρα, που είναι τηλε-ευαγγελίστρια. Ταυτόχρονα, έχει την αίσθηση ότι τον παρακολουθεί μια διαφορετική οντότητα που του προκαλεί τον τρόμο. Όταν τελικά κάνει το βήμα του και στραγγίζει το θύμα του, το Ρότζερ, αυτός τον επισκέπτεται ως φάντασμα με μια έκκληση αγωνίας να προστατεύσει ο Λεστά την Ντόρα από τους επίγειους ισχυρούς εχθρούς τους και να την πείσει να αποδεχθεί την κληρονομιά που της αφήνει...Η καταπληκτική ιστορία ξεκινά όταν η οντότητα αποκαλύπτεται στο Λεστά ως ο Διάβολος, ο άγγελος του Θεού, ο Μεμνόχ και του ζητά να αποφασίσει για το αν θα γίνει πρίγκηπας και βοηθός στο έργο του. Ποιο είναι, όμως, το έργο του Μεμνόχ; Κι αυτό αρχίζει να ξεδιαλύνει όταν του παρουσιάζει την ιστορία της Γενέσεως του Κόσμου, πριν ακόμη το Χρόνο, από τη δική του σκοπιά...Η ιστορία είναι ανατριχιαστική και προϋποθέτει ως βάση ότι ο Θεός είναι Ένας, Άχρονος, Πλάστης των πάντων. Ο θεός δημιούργησε τους Αγγέλους, άυλα όντα, που λατρεύουν τον Πατέρα Τους. Όταν το Σχέδιο του Θεού έφτιαξε την ύλη έστειλε τα παιδιά Του ως Παρατηρητές να παρακολουθήσουν μέσα από 13 Αποκαλύψεις τις κοσμογονικές αλλαγές και αυτά θαύμασαν το Μεγαλείο. Ο Μεμνόχ παρατήρησε τον κύκλο και το συναίσθημα του επίγειου Ανθρώπου και την πονεμένη κραυγή του όταν η άυλη ψυχή του συνωστιζόταν στους τόπους της Σεόλ, χωρίς να ξέρει για την Ύπαρξη του Θεού και την αγαλλίαση του Φωτός του Παραδείσου Του. Έτσι, αμφισβήτησε το Σχέδιό Του και το σκοπό Του. Όταν ο Μεμνόχ έγινε ύλη και ήρθε σε επαφή με τις Θυγατέρες του Ανθρώπου, η αντιπαράθεσή τους έγινε ακόμα πιο έντονη και εκδιώχθηκε ως Πεπτωκώς. Ο Θεός ντύθηκε το ένδυμα του ανθρώπου και περπάτησε στη Γη, έχοντας αποφασίσει να αποκαλύψει την ύπαρξή Του αλλά με δίοδο και πρόσβαση σε Αυτόν την οδύνη και τον πόνο. Στην έρημο που κατέφυγε προς εξαγνισμό ο Μεμνόχ αμφισβήτησε και πάλι τον τρόπο της αποκάλυψης...Ο Λεστά παρατηρητής και συνδιαλεγόμενος και με τους δύο βρίσκεται στην ίδια θέση με τον έκπληκτο αναγνώστη...Η τελική σύγκρουση Πατέρα και Αγγέλου επέρχεται όταν ο Θεός καθιστά το Μεμνόχ υπεύθυνο της Σωτηρίας των Ψυχών στη Σεόλ και αυτός το αποδέχεται. Θα είναι ο Βασιλιάς της Κόλασης, μιας Κόλασης από την οποία θα περνούν οι Ψυχές για να αποδεχθούν τα λάθη τους, να μετανοήσουν, να συγχωρέσουν ακόμα και το Θεό προκειμένου να εισέλθουν στις Πύλες του Παραδείσου... Ο Λεστά θα γίνει βοηθός του;(view spoiler)[Όχι... στην πάλη εξόδου του από την Κόλαση χάνει το μάτι του και φεύγει έχοντας στον κόρφο του το μαντίλι της Βερονίκης με αποτυπωμένο το πρόσωπο του προς Σταύρωση Ενανθρωπήσαντα Ιησού. Ο Λεστά εξιστορεί στους 3 που τον περιμένουν την περιπέτειά του: Ο Ντέιβιντ, ο Αρμάν και η Ντόρα. Η Ντόρα αρπάζει το μαντίλι και αποχαιρετά τα εγκόσμια, οι άνθρωποι προσκυνούν μπροστά στο ιερό κειμήλιο που σφραγίζει την Ύπαρξη του Θεανθρώπου και ο Αρμάν διαλέγοντας την οδύνη και το πόνο αφήνει τον ήλιο να τον κάψει για να συναντήσει τον Κύριο.Ο Λεστά απομονωμένος στο μοναστήρι που του άφησε η Ντόρα δέχεται την επίσκεψη της Μαχαρέτ. Του δίνει ένα σημείωμα από το Μεμνόχ. Είναι ένα ευχαριστήριο μήνυμα μαζί το χαμένο του μάτι. Ο Λεστά υπήρξε ένα πιόνι στο σχέδιο του Μεμνόχ. Ο Θεός υπάρχει και το Ιερόν Μανδήλιον που ήρθε στον κόσμο παρέχει πρόσβαση και πίστη, άνευ πόνου, στις πύλες του Παραδείσου, παρακάμπτοντας τη Σεόλ.... (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


I deeply admired "Interview' w/its rich writing style of place and period, and its dispassionate portrayal of characters like Claudia, who after being a 6 year old vampire for decades has become a steely-eyed predator(ahem instead of a 100 year old vampire vegan w/an insatiable desire to...sit through high school english again and again). The Vampire Lestat was equally good w/a wonderful shift in perspective that gave a great new spin to the character an events that transpired. The books that followed were slight but entertaining affairs, but this latest is awful. A thinly disguised telling of Anne Rice's personal mythology of the Abrahamic religions. Nothing new: The Devil is a misunderstood humanist, while God is a brutal patriarch who walked the walk but never forgot he was the Big Cheese.There's no need for Lestat, no need for Vampires. Just a long, very long, explanation by Lucifer about the nature of reality.

Gregory Spiker

In Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice has allowed herself to indulge in an orgy of purple prose. We hear so much about the lush greenery of the early Earth that we begin to forget what the story is about. And because of this, not much actually happens in the story. If this book were made into a film, in fact, it would probably be no more than 20 minutes long.Aside from that, this isn't much of a "vampire chronicle." The purpose of this book seems not to be to tell a tale of the vampires, but only to further Rice's latent agenda to besmirch Christianity. Albeit, there's nothing wrong with that in itself; but I was expecting to hear about vampires, and instead I hear about nothing but God and The Devil.If you plan to read this book (and perhaps you should if you plan to read the rest of the chronicles - which are worth a read, btw), I would highly recommend skimming through the 250-some pages at the middle of the book, paying close attention only to the beginning and end of the tale.

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Memnoch the Devil takes Lestat on an extremely long tour of the past, creation, angels, evolution, the passion of Christ and more – because he has a job proposition for the Brat PrinceMemnoch the Devil, also known as “the Bible according to Anne Rice” or “Anne Rice’s theological musings”. Perhaps even “Memnoch lectures you endlessly while Lestat practices his melodrama”.What it isn’t, is much of a story or a plot. For a story or a plot to happen, well, things have to happen. Things do not happen. Oh there’s something tucked at the beginning. There’s something tucked at the end (a teeny tiny something). But that’s itThe rest of lecture. Info-dump. ONE LONG INFODUMP! One horrendously long, unbelievably unnecessary info-dump. An info-dump that I cannot even imagine having even the slightest relevance to the series. It really is just one long exposition on what the Bible could mean or a spin on it or on the nature of god. It’s a vast amount of world building that is utterly irrelevant to anything the vampires do in their daily livesIf Lestat weren’t being dragged around to occasionally declare himself impressed/awed/horrified it wouldn’t be relevant at all. The vampires are utterly superfluous to this story. All of the characters are utterly superfluous to this story. It may as well have been one long the logical lecture – inly told in the most long winded, dullest way possible.I’d like to write more on this since it is the vast majority of the book, but there really is nothing more to say. It’s just a big splurge of theological theory pretending to be a novel. It’s completely irrelevant, not very interesting and probably better suited to analysis in a seminary than actually read as a novel in the ongoing vampire series.But looking at the bits that actually involve the vampires rather than some of the dreariest and long winded exposition I have ever had the displeasure to ready, and it’s not much better or more sensible. Perhaps because these little add ons have just been forced to try and drag this info dump into her worldLestat fell in love with his victim – I can buy that’s imply because within 10 seconds of meeting just about anyone, Lestat falls in love with them. It’s what he does, it allows even more pointless melodrama. So we get a really long and pointless backstory on this man and some books he read (which seem to be more part of the endless theological debate that basically comes down to “sex and pleasure and love are not bad things. Suffering is not valuable.” Seriously, that’s this entire damn theological diatribe that took an entire book to relate summed up in one sentence) which is never gain relevant. This goes on for countless pointless pages where we learn the pointless minutiae of someone who DOES NOT MATTERAaargh, this is something I’ve seen in Anne Rice’s novels time and again - especially n Queen of the Damned and The Witching Hour - every character briefly mentioned will get this endless examination of their lives. We do not need this much detail about every irrelevant side characterAnd there’s Dora, I’m going to leave aside the bizarre menstruation feeding, and just ask what is wrong with this woman?! Lestat comes to her having killed her dad and she starts calling him darling? Where did darling come from? What? Why?! And she goes from not caring about relics because they’re just physical objects and faith comes from within, to being completely enraptured and obsessive about... a relic. Her characterisation didn’t even begin to make senseWe do have the “everyone is bisexual” continuation – since even Lestat’s victims were. But it’s, again, not conveyed well. For a start the whole religious monologue that consumes this book puts the love for men and women as a dramatic holy amazing experience – and it’s always men and women. The divine heterosexual is really strong there.And his new bisexual victim, Roger, slept with women and… boys? Why are we expressly saying “boys” there? And the only partner we learn any detail about is, of course, a woman – which is very reminiscent of the same problems in The Tale of the Body ThiefRead More

Carrie Slager

I really didn’t see why so many people were upset about this novel until I actually read it a few times. Now, however, I can see why it has been deemed offensive—or even blasphemous—and why Anne Rice, now a born-again Christian has repudiated her Vampire Chronicles. Especially since this one. Memnoch the Devil doesn’t tell the conventional church-approved story of Satan’s fall from heaven. No, it is Satan, or Memnoch, who tells his side of the story.From a theological perspective, this is a very interesting book. In it, Anne Rice has combined both old and new Christian ideas from many denominations with a bit of Jewish theology. Memnoch’s justification for his rebellion reminds me very much of the character of Satan from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Without getting into all of the nasty little details, let’s just call this novel experimental theology and leave it at that, shall we? I’m not going to bring my personal beliefs into this review.From a less biased, more literature-focused perspective, Memnoch the Devil is not exactly the greatest novel ever written. Lestat is a cardboard cutout by now, the plot is slow and predictable and Memnoch is the only redeeming thing, character-wise. Memnoch is complicated, yet sympathetic in a bizarre way if you put your religious beliefs aside while reading this. But other than Memnoch, this novel doesn’t have much going for it.As usual, my warning: Memnoch the Devil contains mature content including bad language, explicit sex scenes and violence. Personally, I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 14, but it really depends on the reader’s maturity level.I give this book 2/5 stars.


** spoiler alert ** I was initially horrified with the premise of this book – as part of the Vampire Chronicles I expected that it would be another tale of vampirism, or of Lestat, but instead it focuses mainly on the story of Creation and the great misunderstanding between God and the Devil which leads to the Devil ruling over Hell as related by Memnoch (the aforementioned Devil) to Lestat in a journey of earth, Heaven and Hell. I wouldn’t normally choose a book that focuses so much on religion (unless as an argument against it, which in retrospect this seems to be) and was a little put off by this as I seem to find it far harder to suspend my disbelief for religion than for vampires, but soon found myself sucked in despite myself.Incredibly well-written (as usual) and compelling, I found the telling of this tale to be extremely imaginative and surprisingly plausible (surprising to me anyway, as a staunchly stubborn atheist). Memnoch was a hugely sympathetic character and whilst I could understand a little of God’s reasoning around the time of the crucifixion, I couldn’t help but agree wholeheartedly with Memnoch’s point of view and thought that God seemed less a benevolent, all-knowing and wonderful creator than a petty asshole for most of the time, struggling to justify himself for all of the suffering that abounds on earth and pretending like that was part of the plan all along. I realize that this might be due to bias as it’s Memnoch’s telling rather than God’s, but I don’t think I’d have thought any differently had it been the other way around.Come the end, I turned out to be heartbroken about Armand (I don’t think I’d realised how much I liked him up until that point!), and with Mael about to suffer the same fate I was just as angry as Lestat at Memnoch and God for how he’d been used.As Lestat signs off, he can rest assured that he still keeps that place in my dreams that he hopes for from his reader, as a fabulous and classic character that I’m sure will stick in my memory for many, many years to come.

David B

In this volume, the weightiest and best of the Vampire Chronicles to this point, Lestat finally encounters the supreme beings of the Universe--God, the Devil, and the Angels. Memnoch escorts Lestat throughout the divine provinces and time itself as he explains his complicated relationship with God and humanity. Rice's take on the situation understandably upsets many religious readers, but if you can open yourself to her point of view, you will be treated to a fascinating journey that largely reconciles the presence of evil and injustice in a world created by a supposedly omnipotent and benevolent being. Vampire fans may also be disappointed by the way in which Lestat recedes into the background for major portions of the novel, but I felt that Memnoch was worthy of taking the spotlight.


I "L O V E D" this book. Very intriguing with its ideas and topics, highly unusual and controversial to say the least. In short, an awesome story of the vampire chronicles that just continues to mesmerize its readers. Same series, totally different direction. A. Rice is a talented author. Hard to put this down.

Georgia Beyers

Due to the title this was one i've passed up a few times in favour of other books, but due to running out of Anne Rice material I was forced to read it, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised as usual by the authors ability to drag me from reality into her wonderful world of Vampire Lestat, a character that has become a firm favourite of mine. Not just a perfectly weaved tale but one that also makes you think deeply about the very nature of God and the devil, who were shown in a light unfamiliar to me. It made me question the stability and character of God until I came to my christian senses and remembered what a tricky little sucker the devil is. Hard to describe much more without spoilers but it's a great book that I would recommend highly to all lovers of Lestat and the marvellous Ann Rice.

Wendie Collins

I like this book for the ideas in it and of course the writing style of the author. The interpretation of heaven, hell, religion etc. It's very fascinating and offers a great perspective on the "what if's" in the universe. I was horrified at the end until I read the next book in the series. It is truly remarkable what Anne Rice can do. The ending almost requires you to pick up the next in the series and begin it immediately. This book could be read by someone who is not familiar with the vampires (if there is such a poor soul out there) and it would still make sense- but really, reading them all is the best way to go. I love the description of Memnoch and god, heaven and hell and the story of creation that Anne Rice provides here. She explains why god does not intervene in the path of his creation and how the war in heaven came to be. What a fantastic story, what a fantastic addition to the series! The story of Dor and her father is another great twist! This book also so just how loved Lestat is among his kind and what they would do to keep their brat prince from harm. Gotta love the vampire family!

Sakura Koneko

This was the last Anne Rice book that I ever personally plan to read, because after reading this I went into a three month fit of depression.The events in this book were just so powerful and terrible in some cases that my mind couldn't take it. While I'm not going to say that I wouldn't recommend the book to people, I would at least put up the warning that a person may want to be weary about it if they aren't of any particular religion. Also, by the end of the book, Lestat had changed in many ways, and some terrible things had happened to him, making me feel horribly sorry for him, which was probably the oddest part of all.

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