The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)

ISBN: 0679405283
ISBN 13: 9780679405283
By: Anne Rice

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In a new feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now classic "Interview with the Vampire" and continued with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned." Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale - everything he has come to believe and feel safe with - is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence. "The Tale of the Body Thief" is told with the unique - the mesmerizing - passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the novels of Anne Rice.

Reader's Thoughts

Andrés Laverde Ortiz

Leer sobre vampiros no es una nueva moda. Los vampiros no nacieron como una explosión de hormonas adolescentes, ni mucho menos del cine (aunque sea este el que nos haya dado las imágenes más vivas y majestuosas de ellos). Seguramente no muchos estuvieron de acuerdo con el ahora cliché del vampiro refinado y elegante que creó Polidori en su célebre relato “El Vampiro”, que luego pareció afamarse con la obra de Bram Stoker “Drácula”, inspirada en parte en la historia del conde Vlad Tepes. Pero juzgar a un lector simplemente porque lee un libro de vampiros es otra cosa.Terminé de leer la semana pasada “El Ladrón de Cuerpos” un libro que esperó muchos años para llegar a mis manos y que quise devorar desde que, casi de un tirón hace un par de años, terminé los primeros tres libros de la saga de ‘Crónicas Vampíricas’, me atrevo a decir, un clásico de la literatura contemporánea escrito por la muy preparada Anne Rice.Me encontraba leyendo las últimas páginas en un Transmilenio en Bogotá, cuando una señora que se sentó a mi lado no pudo evitar leer la contraportada de mi libro. Entonces, luego de un bufido parecido al de los toros (caballos si se quiere) la señora me suelta: “¿qué pasa que todos leen de vampiros? ¿Ahora todos quieren ser vampiros? ¿se quieren vestir como vampiros? ¿Usted también quiere dar susto? ¿Salir medio desnudo a la calle?”. La señora se baja del transporte y sigue hablando sola… está bien, me soltó todo eso de medio loca, pero ¿no han ido demasiado lejos los últimos escritores sobre vampiros?Si la señora y yo estamos de acuerdo en algo es en esto: los vampiros son hoy un fenómeno juvenil exagerado, que raya los límites de lo sensual para convertirlo en sexy (que no es lo mismo) y que, luego se convierten solamente en moda. No se imagina ella la cantidad de diálogos existenciales, descripciones fantásticas y trivialidades embellecidas que puede encontrar en los libros de Anne Rice, una experta en historia que además se toma el atrevimiento de crear vampiros “elegantemente sensuales” y no “vulgarmente sexys”.Volviendo al libro, una continuación de la saga que empezó en “Entrevista con el vampiro”, continúa con “Lestat el vampiro” y “La reina de los condenados” hasta llegar al título que nos compete, lo que inicia como una discusión existencial sobre “lo moral” en la vida vampírica, nos pasea luego por interesantes teorías sobre la existencia del bien y del mal, de Dios y el diablo, hasta convertirse en una cacería llena de experiencias sin ningún tabú sexual ni moral y detalles tan bien descritos que se hacen casi perceptibles.¿Vampiros que brillan y salvan adolescentes? No, nada de eso encontrarás en los libros de Rice, que explota la figura de Polidori y Stoker desde dentro, creando vampiros más introspectivos, reflexivos y, si se quiere, humanos, conscientes del error, la belleza, el caos y la divinidad, como no es imaginada desde Rimbaud.Una obra muy recomendada para las tardes lluviosas de Bogotá, y hasta para los domingos asoleados en el parque. Una obra que se queda y no que pasa por moda. Una que debe leerse en presencia de todas las viejitas locas del país.

Sofia Teixeira

Esta obra é, sem dúvida, das melhores de Anne Rice. Pelo menos das que li até hoje. Lestat é uma personagem que ficará para sempre gravada na minha memória. Quando pensamos que ele já ultrapassou todos os limites que podia, enganamo-nos redondamente!Lestat fartou-se de ser vampiro! E quando descobre a existência de um 'ladrão de corpos' não resiste à tentação de querer voltar a ser humano! De querer voltar a sentir a luz do sol no seu rosto, de sentir o sabor da comida e de fazer amor com um homem ou uma mulher. Mas como é que pode confiar o seu corpo, com todos os seus poderes, a um ladrão sem escrúpulos que faz tudo pelo gosto de tomar posse do que não lhe pertence? Que garantias tem ele de, se a experiência correr mal, voltar a ter o seu corpo de volta?Uma personagem que volta a aparecer e que é fundamental no meio desta trama toda é David Talbot. Este é o general superior da Talamas, o grupo que estuda e documenta actividades paranormais. Depois do contacto anterior com Lestat em que se tornou seu amigo, David continua a negar a Dádiva Negra que este tanto lhe deseja dar. Quando Lestat lhe conta sobre o seu plano de se tornar humano, David avisa-o que não pode confiar de maneira nenhuma no ladrão de corpos.Claro que as coisas acabam por dar para o torto e quando Lestat vai ter com Louis, já na sua forma humana, este nega-lhe qualquer ajuda e apenas David está disposto a ajudá-lo. Lestat enquanto humano passa por situações que nos apertam o coração. Chega a estar numa agonia de tal forma que já só deseja o seu corpo antigo de volta, sem conseguir sequer dar valor ao que ele pensava que ia dar.Um livro de uma acção estonteante, cheio de aventuras e experiências que sinceramente me surpreenderam, levando-me a uma leitura extremamente compulsiva. Gostei muito.Originalmente publicado em: http://branmorrighan.blogspot.com/201...

Barakiel

I love dark stories and I've heard all the hype about this series, but this wasn't what I expected. It was dark, yes, but in a devilish/occultic kind of way. Made me very uncomfortable as a "Christian" (I'll go with that title for the sake of argument). That said, here are the pros and cons:Pros:1. Intriguing narrative that pulls you in2. A thoughtful story with suspense and er, events (sadly, there's not much action)3. An "evil" vampire's view of the world (though I expected more evil, he was much too caring; seemed incongruous)4. Super powers, yay! 5. I enjoyed the last chapter, though I would have liked more sadism, ha!6. A female author did a splendid job of writing from a man's POV, methinks7. (view spoiler)[Suicide (hide spoiler)]8. (view spoiler)[I also loved that one wonders if Claudia is actually haunting him or if he's just going slightly insane from grief/guilt. (hide spoiler)]Cons:1. Er, rape.2. Too much sex overall. I mean I do understand that a man is generally preoccupied with sex, but perhaps it could have been more subtly incorporated (with less "members" and "triangles".) Blegh.3. (view spoiler)[Nun loses virginity. Made me go: What. The. Hell. (hide spoiler)]4. Stupid decisions by main character, which would be fine if something more was done with it. But it was all rather boringly predictable with little in the way of plot twists.5. I expected more blood drinking, but perhaps there's more of that in the previous books? As someone who enjoyed the Twilight stories despite the sparklays and has witnessed many memes comparing these superior vampires to those inferior ones - I have to ask: (view spoiler)["Lestat is GAY?!?!" Well, bi at least. (hide spoiler)]I doubt I'll read the rest of this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Mary Marmalady

** spoiler alert ** At the end of Queen of the Damned, I was annoyed that Lestat had to go bother some human I didn't care about. But I guess it's okay since Lestat needs a human friend in this story. I liked this story because it gave an outsider's look into being human. I didn't buy the rape scene and thought Rice should have talked even a little more about the cold but if sunlight is really the only thing vampires miss about being human, why aren't there more vampires? As the story went on, Lestat seemed to like being human more and more. I measured his progress by how little or then how much he likes his food. It goes from sawdust to flavorful. And yet being human isn't enough for Lestat and he has to quit this experiment. If anyone would help Lestat become a vampire again, I should think he would know that the very worst vampire to ask is Louis. He's weak anyway. Wouldn't Lestat have asked Armand? This was a pretty good read. The only thing I didn't like was that Lestat now knows vampires can swap bodies with humans and he doesn't offer to repeat this experiment with Louis. The whole time I was reading this book, I was waiting for Louis to become human again. If any vampire truly wants to go back, wouldn't Louis? I don't think Anne Rice considered this possibility while writing this book, otherwise she could have them both think of this possibility and both know that Lestat will never offer it because he's too selfish to let Louis go. If Lestat had gone to Louis in his human body and instead of asking Louis to make him a vampire, asked Louis to trade bodies, this would be a very different story. Louis refusing to make another vampire and Lestat refusing to make a humn of a vampire might have been an interesting standoff.

Elana

The major attraction of this book for me is what the nun tells the vampire. She says her aim in life is to make life better, even if she can only accomplish this for a few folks, despite the abundance of miserable, diseased, and hungry people in the world.

Soukyan Blackwood

Lestat in this particular book in fact reminded me of Lovecraft's beings. It made no sense for him to do some of the things, to express some of his feelings and to just... well, do what he did, and yet he did it and it made perfect sense. He claimed to be evil, and if you're blinded by love, believing he is not capable of truly doing something evil... It seems like he took it almost as a personal challenge to himself to defy these ideas of goodness and I loved it.

Lisa

** spoiler alert ** Another great book in the Vampire Chronicles, and possibly one of my favourites so far...We already knew that Lestat is awesome; the petulant, selfish, petty and yet incredibly charming, intelligent and seductive vampire hero of the series, and through this book we must now add another descriptive - hilarious.Rice solves the problem of having a near invincible hero through a concept that I thought worked incredibly well; by having him take part in a trade - his body for that of a mortal man, for a period of 2 nights and a day, believing that the dream of vampires is to be reborn again as human. When the Body Thief (the guy he's traded with) promptly disappears (which, of course he was going to Lestat, you bloody idiot) Lestat finds it more a nightmare than a dream being stuck in such a fragile body and starts a desperate search for the fiend so he can recover his own and wreak revenge.Rice really has a firm grasp on Lestat's voice now and he's never less than entertaining (even while being a complete bastard), but never more so than during his period stuck in the mortal body. His complete wretchedness and fits of near hysteria every time he has to do something simple like walking on a rug (he could fall and smash his head open) or shaving his beard (he's bound to slit his throat), along with his temper tantrums (his arson attack on Louis' home during a fit of pique, and his protests of 'I'm the leader!' during the assembling of his new coven are just a couple of such great moments) had me guffawing loudly. It'll be extremely interesting to see how the dynamics of this new group play themselves out over the coming books (if they do at all), and I'm looking forward to them immensely.

Carrie Slager

The Tale of the Body Thief is the fourth book in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, but by this book, it seems like her heart wasn’t really in to writing it. While the premise of the novel is interesting enough and her descriptions are just as wonderful, it seems to lack the spirit and enthusiasm of the first three books. It seems as if she was pressured into writing a fourth book to capitalize on her series’ fame and that’s the worst reason for any author to write a book.Even though it feels like Anne Rice had to continue the series because of its immense popularity, Lestat is still as complex as ever and after being a vampire for so long, he struggles as a human. It’s amazing to see him struggle over things that normal humans do every day, like eating and going to the bathroom. Along the way he meets David Talbot, a former member of the supernatural secret society, the Talamasca. Together they discover that the man Lestat switched bodies with has no intention of switching back and they hatch a plot to get Lestat back in his proper body.I’ll add my usual warning: this is not a fast-paced novel. Yes, it has an interesting plot, but no, it is not a fast plot because The Tale of the Body Thief is a character-driven novel. Anne Rice has wonderfully sensual descriptions and a compelling writing style, but as with all of the books in the Vampire Chronicles, The Tale of the Body Thief contains explicit sex scenes and other mature content. I would recommend it for ages 14 and up.I give this book 3/5 stars.

Caitlin

I really like this book, it is from Lesats point of view and is interesting. Lesat is being followed by a man, a human man, who offers him a chance to be human again. Against his friends wishes he takes the deal which leads to horrible results. This book has some small problems, but the last chapters 32 and on really made me want to throw the book at the wall the first time I read it. Now I understand it but it still upsets me.

Wendy

Lestat got in trouble, and became HUMAN! And wanted his Vampire body back! What a neat twist and insight into the character of this impulsive Lestat! Great read, and continuation of the vampire series, but different direction. Excellent read.

Catt

Lestat takes a great leap of faith in this book. He resides in a mortal body, while his body is on loan and used for all kinds of nefairous deeds. He experiences all the human traits that we take for granted. The sunrise, the food, the smells and of course our weaknesses. i loved how Mrs. Rice explained the differences of our vision to that of the vampires. She really paints an interesting picture of mortality in this novel. But anywho, things take a turn for the worse when Lestat does not get his body back when arranged. He relies on his human friend David Talbot for aid. And what does he do in return? How does Lestat show his gratitude? It broke my heart a little to know that in the end, Lestat will always be a monster under the grace and the attitude. =0( But definitely a good read and a better book in the series.

Kara

This was her best of the Vampire Chronicles by far! I read them all and the first was..eh, the second pretty good, the third (if that was Queen of the Damned) was getting better, but this one, was excellent. It kept you on the edge the whole time. I don't think you need the others to get into it.

Melissa

Better than The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. I can't really say what I liked about this one without giving away the plot of the story. However, once you realise what/who the body thief is, you know for sure that Lestat is going to put himself in danger - the daredevil that he is. The risk is well worth taking and this is a good read.

Gary Galehouse

She's way too in love with her own writing at this point. Takes ten pages to describe the front of a mansion. In the words of the great Casey Kasem: Ponderous man, f'ing ponderous.

Tamcamry

• I thought that this is by far Anne Rice’s best description of Lestat’s true character. Everything he did in this book was exactly what I would expect someone who is supposed to be so selfish and evil to do. Throughout the rest of the books Rice tries so hard to tell you that Lestat is really not good, that he can do evil things, and she tries desperately to make him into this anti-hero. This is the first book where I think she does a really good job of it. This makes me want to read more about Lestat. In Queen of the Damned, it seemed like she tried to tell a story while telling us all about her vampires’ history. I think that if she would have either done one or the other, the result would have been good, but as it turned out, both the story and the history faltered. This was purely a story. A list of interesting and suspenseful events that kept me interested.

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