The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)

ISBN: 0676971490
ISBN 13: 9780676971491
By: Anne Rice

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We go with him across the centuries to The Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Istanbul, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great Vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire and devil worship to 19th-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.

Reader's Thoughts

J

For some strange reason I never got into Anne Rice's books until now. When I was 19, I think I read one, but it slipped my mind and I don't remember it. Now, I find myself really liking her writing style. She's got a dreamlike flow to her novels that can either embrace you or bore you to death. You can go from what's happening in real life to some sort of hallucination in the space of one sentence. There were some parts of this book that made me feel as if I just took LSD.The reason why I gave 3 stars to this one is that there is a LOT of religious stuff in it and in her style of writing, it gets boring, especially at the end. And the whole topic of this book is the main character, Armand, losing his religion, so of course I couldn't help but imagine that R.E.M. song playing in the background the whole time I was reading this book. Of course, there's more layers behind the character, but only if you read her *other* books, i.e. I'm also in the middle of The Vampire Lestat and because I'm reading that, I understand Armand a bit better.

Laura deLuna

ive seen a few reviews about this book that complain about the whole "older vampire guy having sex with a 'boy'" and I think I should explain/clarify something for those people why it actually isn't that big of a deal (to me at least).first of all weve got the historical context. Marius is from ancient Rome. Romans adopted a lot of their sexual practice from the ancient Greeks. in ancient Greece a very important part of a child's transition from boy to man was having an older (dominant) male mentor. there is much debate as to the sexual nature of these relationships but seeing as catholic priests do that sort of thing with the boys they mentor I don't think that it was all that uncommon for those relationships of boys and their Roman mentors to be lovers. neither was it socially unacceptable for them to be lovers. in fact it was glorified as a man's assertion of his masculinity to have sexual relations with anyone considered weaker than himself (non-citizens, slaves, women). Romans also glorified rape culture. just look at the myths about the creation of Rome and you can find all sorts of deities raping and pillaging and creating little baby half-gods who triumph over evil monarchies.what does this have to do with anything?well now that you understand the context you can understand Marius's obsession with "mentoring" little boys much in the Roman manner but in a modernized fashion(for the Italian renaissance period). the dual nature of vampires and their relationship with sexuality further completes the cycle of reasoning. to vampires (of the Anne Rice association) all (and I mean ALL) relationships between humans and vampires and even vampires and other vampires is highly sensual and erotic. the nature of vampires themselves is even sensual and erotic.it is no wonder that Marius would quickly form a sexual relationship with a boy that, not only did he save thus giving the saved/savior dynamic to the relationship but that he also decides to mentor, giving it the added dynamic of the mentor/student relationship with which Marius would be familiar as a Roman man.Marius's attraction to boys should be no great mystery and no great shock to any of Anne Rice's readers. neither should Armand's attraction to Marius.Armand is from Kiev Russia. Russia was a country who, at the time, was highly religious. not only is Armand from Russia though, he was a monk from Russia. he dedicated his life to his religion and his "christ". this heightens the saved/savior dynamic to Armand because while he is in the company of the kidnappers he views his surroundings as dirty and morally repellent. when Marius buys him from the man and takes him to a place where he is not being raped and forced to perform acts he finds repellent, a place which Armand (in a fit of fever) believes to be heaven itself and Marius his long lost savior, Armand becomes obsessed with Marius. this is especially so when he realizes Marius is not human.each of these elements combined contribute to the concept that the physical and emotional relationship between Marius and Armand was inevitable. contemporary morality has nothing to do with anything in the book. contemporary morality has nothing to do with anything in any Anne Rice book.if youre looking for a book on contemporary morality go read a book about contemporary morality.if youre looking for a book without homoerotic sex between an older man(vampire) and a younger male then go read those Sookie Stackhouse books or some other trashy vampire novel with hetero crap in it.I can assure you that none of those authors will EVER write a scene of sex as sensual and erotic as those of Anne Rice.I first read this book when I was fifteen. I first read Interview with the Vampire when I was fourteen. I love Anne Rice's writing. I love the eroticism of it and the hypnotic quality. I love how her stories immerse you in another way of live and another culture and other sets of beliefs.i understand Armand and relate to him in a way that i cannot with anyone else of my acquaintance. i know how it feels to have people treat you like a child when you feel like an adult. i understand how it feels to be confused about sexuality at a young age. until i read this book i thought i was a freak for finding spanking arousing. the reading of this novel was therapeutic in a way that no other book has been for me in my entire life.Anne Rice taught me so many things about myself as i read her novels. i feel guilty that i cant bring myself to read her "Christian" novels. i cant read them because i don't want to see her change. i understand that she did change and i accept that. but i don't want my opinion of her to change so i am not going to read them.the Vampire Armand was an amazing book and i will never be able to thank Anne Rice enough for the opportunity to read her writing. i hope she publishes many more books that the world (especially myself) can continue to enjoy.

Ljubov Rybinskaja

Some time ago i decided to read all the Vampire Chronicles. I started with "Interview With The Vampire" and "Blood and Gold". These books were great, i was so fond of Anne Rice's works. I liked everything in her books - characters, stories, all the dark romantism. So i went on with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". I was very inspired, and wanted to know all the stories about all the characters.After some time i've got "The Vampire Armand" into my hands. Armand- very mysterious and somber, with his own ideals and secrets. I looked forward to find his story interesting and exciting. This was a great dissapointment for me, to find the book about him so boring. I looked for strong character with difficult fate, but found only little, always crying boy. He started weeping almost after every ten pages. He was too annoying to feel sorry for him, inspite of the difficulties he had. Second thing, that dissapointed me was sex. Too much sex!! I don't mind if there are erotic scenes in the books, moreover very tastily written scenes, with beautiful people acting in the gorgeous places, as these are in Anne Rice's books. But! All the first part of book there are sexual scenes with men, women, boys and girls, other specifical people from the pleasure-houses. Ok, i still don't mind, that it could be described, because of the age the story is about and the morals adopted that times. But what for were these descriptions so long, that i almost fell asleep while reading?Little more about descriptions. That's very good for the characters to be described in detailes, when we see them first time. But author is doing that every time, when she mentions ones. By the end of the book i almost hated "cobalt-blue eyes" of Marius, and even the word "cobalt".The worst is that even after 500 years of his life Armand remained a 17-years old teenager, with all his psyhological problems, and still looking for someone to love him.

Suvi

First of all, Armand is one of my favourite characters. The way he showed himself in the first two books was utterly fascinating and captivating. Second, I'm confused why some people complain about the sexuality and erotic scenes with young boys. It may not fit to our culture but it should be remembered that times were different then and this book was about that time also.Now, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't get the same feeling from this Armand's autobiography. Though I liked the descriptive writing the story bored me every once in a while. There was something missing and it's a real shame. I wanted to weep for Armand and become hooked to his life but it did the complete opposite.

Mrs. Fujiwara

** spoiler alert ** The Apassionata has been the official soundtrack of this book ever since Armand described how wonderful it was Sybelle playing it. I confess that my very favorite sonata from Beethoven has always been the joyful and sarcastic Pathétique; but, yes, I agree that the first one fits better the waves of different feelings Anne Rice was able to depict in another good novel. And as I have always been very fond of the imaginary surrounding the Vampires, of course it was yet a great pleasure reading this diary. As I told you personally, dear friend, you gave me a rather pornographic book. But don't be sorry and, please, don't blush like that. The images are very well placed; how could she write about the life of a Russian boy saved from captivity by an antique Roman senator in the XV century Venice without mentioning their beautiful intimacy of master and pupil developing also to a sexual partnership? Oh, and how wonderfully Roman Marius is. My adored and beloved Marius. It was wonderful meeting him again. I never read Rice's books in the right order since I prefer to dive into her shadows with eyes folded. I prefer to savor every paragraph with that highly anticipated feeling. And up until now I had had great surprises; this book being centered upon Armand's vision of Marius was - of course - the greatest. At least until she decided to drop from the top of her researches and run almost sloppily with the narrative, as usual. However, this always happens when she is reaching the XX century, so I wonder if it was deliberate - to show us the speed of our times compared to the classic eras where most of her characters came from. Or even if it was meant to be like that since her books are the result of old thoughts and thus come always in kaleidoscopic images. For that matter, I like Armand's way of thinking and, curiously, we have similar concepts of what people call faith. He is not my favorite, but not the least adored Child of Night from this author either. I can understand why his master loves him so; he is utterly lovable in essence. But still, I envy Pandora more than him for how Marius loves her. Or I do for now, because I haven't read his own diary yet. I am curious, painfully curious to read his vision of all things I saw through the eyes of so many others. I am thirsty for his own picture of himself as I am sure I'll find many similar things between us. We are Historians, after all, and we seem to love books more than anything else in the world. We are lonely creatures, although we love and inspire love in others. But is only inside our study room, close to our rolls of parchment, our ink and quill that we truly find peace. I wish I could read his mind now. Unfortunately, though, History awaits for me. I've been neglecting her for two or more weeks because of him, so I ought to go back and be with her a little while praying to find Marius' book on a shelf next time I visit a bookstore."I know history, I read it as others read their Bibles and I will not be satisfied until I have unearthed all stories that are written and knowable, and cracket the codes of all cultures that had left me any tentalizing evidence that I might pry loose from earth or stone or papyrus or clay." (...) "I know nothing because I know too much, and understand not nearly enough and never will". Marius de Romanus, pages 449 and 451.

Greg

This is where I stopped in the series. Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent. I had to draw the line at this book though. Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment.

Brittany

I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first three books of the Vampire Chronicles. It didn't grab me and suck me in (no pun intended) like the other books. I felt overwhelmed with Armand's relationship with Marius. It just felt repetitive to me. I almost quit reading because I felt like the story wasn't progressing at all. It was 3/4 of the book before I finally got to the part I wanted to know about to begin with. And then suddenly the story skipped over the majority of his vampire life. Granted much of it was told in other stories, but I expected to hear a little more about some of those things from Armand's point of view.I ended up being pleased with the book overall, but it could have been better.

Creepstakes

For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it's uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand about halfway through the book. Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot, who asks his to stop. He does indeed present a rather interesting character of the Chronicles. He is, perhaps, the personification of Rice's duality in religion. He was a child of Satan at one point, akin to the yezedi muslims who worship a Satan-like figure, knowing that without bad, there is no good, and that Satan tests all and thus works for God. He does horrible things. And yet he believes himself clear of conscience. Armand is quite mad. Becomes so as he ages into the New World.The narration dissolves into religious raving at the oddest of times from then on. At some points Armand is pulled from his story to remark on things to David and it is...jarring. At this point, Rice had no editors, I believe, and it shows. Half-way through the quality drops considerably and I've found a few spelling errors. Sentences that make no sense and the like. I believe that, over time, Rice has become as much of a character of these books as the author. It's hard to ignore the religious overtones with Armand, because religion played such a huge role in his life. I do not recommend this book to those who are new to the series or wouldn't touch the previous book Memnoch the Devil with a ten foot pole. The Christian influence is thick within the third section of the book, but Armand and Marius' formative years in Rome are very much something I adore and would like to think of as dear to me and I hope to others. Theirs is such a strong bond, at that point in time, and it's clear that Anne enjoyed writing it. Her grasp on history and atmosphere is, as always, absolutely wonderful. She describes paintings, rooms, halls, people, with such an interesting way that it doesn't come of as fantasy-type scenery-porn at all.For writers like myself, it's quite soothing to thumb through her pages and try to break down the book. The paragraphs and sentences. I could compare her prose to Stephen Kings, and yet she is somehow a little better paced than he is. It may also be the subject matter, but I still would ask if one likes the way Stephen King writes before recommending Rice for all she is, to me, an essential read to those wanting to know about the rise of vampire fiction.As always I can read this book again and again, and feel the same heartache for Armand every time.

Spaceferret

I was good up to about a quarter of the way into the book where suddenly all plot and personality of beloved characters fell to pieces and into a train wreck of a novel. I didn't finish the whole thing because I couldn't bring myself to watch as the corpses of perfectly good characters where poorly forced around the novel. After finishing Armand's origins just close the book, put it down and walk away. After reading what I did of this book I had to go into a detox using Let The Right One In to regain my faith in the vampire genre.

Jorge

Una historia aburrida, que no despega nunca quizás porque no hay un hilo argumental que lleve la historia, quizás porque los personajes son contradictorios, débiles y poco interesantes, quizás porque hay una combinación de todo esto. El conflicto religioso de Armand/Amadeo/Andrei no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y sus cambios de personalidad son tan violentos que resultan incomprensibles.La única razón por la que le doy dos estrellas en lugar de una es porque Anne Rice sabe muchísimo de historia, arte y arquitectura, y eso se trasluce en sus libros. Su recreación de la Venecia de fines del siglo XV es maravillosa y sus escenarios son soberbios. Sin embargo, la descripción de personajes es realmente patética... Ya estoy aburrido de que cada vampiro es más "bello", "angelical", "hermoso" y "poderoso" que el anterior. Y (SPOILER) estoy hasta la coronilla de que cada vez que introducen un personaje humano interesante, lo transformen en vampiro.

Bokuwakonekochan

I had a lot of expectations when I first started this book. But I have to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Anne Rice has done other interviews, including "The Interview With The Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat". So I assumed it would just be a re-write of one of those. But "The Vampire Armand" paints a totally different picture. Instead of her usual New Orleans setting, this book takes place in Russia, Italy, and even France! She definitely did everything she could in this book, she even manages a warm golden glow to everything she describes. I have to say that out of all the books I have read this year, this one is at the top of my list. :)

Gina

I looked forward to reading this book for decades. Even before it was written. I remember reading Interview so many years ago & being fascinated with the character of Armand. This 400 year old vampire, the oldest one he knew of. I wanted to hear the story of his life, the things he had seen, the history he experienced. I love that best about these books, that Rice is able to take me back to times & feel the surroundings as if I was there. I loved that part of this book. I love the Venice of old. I loved it all. The rest, not so much. I really didn't want to come out into the story of the veil & the rest. That part just seemed like a continuation of the previous book. I guess it was. I enjoyed it ok, but the back story of Armand was what I really loved.

Kelsey

I've been working slowly through Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles since starting them when I was 16 (I'm now almost 21). The first one, I think, will always remain my favorite. The Vampire Armand wasn't the best of the six I've read so far. But it was still captivating. Reading this book for the past few months has awakened my obsession with the series. Her books are like reading through a very strange dream, the way she sensually writes. Sometimes it's an unsettling nightmare and other times it's going into a magnificent world of fascinating vampires and the tales they have to tell. I don't really remember Armand from the previous books, just that he was a young and beautiful (aren't they all??) vampire. He's not my favorite narrator...Louis is possibly my favorite.I will be quickly opening up Merrick.

Cydalima

Amé cada momento del libro, desde el principio hasta el punto final. Finalmente conocí la historia de Armand, quien se ha convertido, oficialmente, en mi segundo vampiro favorito de la saga, después de Lestat, evidentemente. Después de leer Memnoch el diablo (igualmente sublime), el único trago amargo que me quedó fue lo que sucedía con Armand, al final del libro. No planeo spoilear a quien no ha leído la saga (eso es algo que está muy mal ¬¬), así que sólo diré que saber, finalmente, lo que sucedió con Armand, me tranquilizó. Es realmente fascinante la forma como Rice nos transporta durante la lectura, a través de la vida de Andrei, la muerte de Amadeo y la inmortalidad de Armand. Mis partes favoritas, la primera debido a mi mente slasher, son las del principio, cuando Amadeo aún era un joven mortal; y la otra es el final, las últimas páginas, cuando regresa Lestat. Eso último me arrancó una enorme sonrisa y me dio bastante tranquilidad.

Meirav Rath

I wish I hadn't bought that book. Anne really screwed up this opportunity to shed some light on a key character in her Marius-Lestat arc but she blew it. If only his years at the cult would have been more revealed, and the two orphans from WTFland would have been removed the book would have become a wonderful piece of fiction.

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