“Evil is a point of view. We are immortals.”

A gothic vampire novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice is the first novel of the world-wide famous the Vampire Chronicles. It was written in 1973 and published in 1976, and it is the first book to introduce us to the tantalizingly vulgar vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Film adaption of the novel was released in 1994 starring now-days elevated actors; Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater.

A long, eerie night awaits the young reporter, referred in the novel as “the boy”, when Louis the black sheep of the vampires wishes to tell him his 200-year-long life story. In 1790 Louis lived in Louisiana, South New Orleans, as a young plantation owner. In the desperation of his brother’s departure, he seeks death as his only choice. Inhumanly charming Lestat approaches him, eventually giving him immortality by drawing Louis into the world surrounded by mad crave and pursuit for blood. Lestat and Louis become discordant companions, as Louis weighs the ethics of taking a human life and Lestat lives by his own admission; ruthlessly killing mortals and glorifying the material luxury. What combines them is the endless search for their purpose.

Anne Rice’s writing is the most elegant, even posh and yet it has a dark savor which tunes perfectly with the sensual, very precise descriptions and the enchanting gloominess. You can without hesitate imagine every gesture the beautiful characters make and almost hear their voices as you follow the story. That is, if you can understand every quaint word Rice uses. Being a 200-year-old vampire, Louis’ narrating is old-fashioned with tints of french words and mystery that you need to solve.

The novel is unique, beautiful and very demanding, still capturing. The atmosphere oozes decadent seduction and as a vampire-lover you will follow the shadows into the unknown. The thirst for romance and horror, scenes of vampires in candle lit, fights between betrayal and loyalty and the passion and dread will make you want to become fallen and taste the irony liquid yourself. Just one bite out of this will make you want more, more and more…

 

Bibliography 

O’Brien Rice, Anne 1976 Interview With the Vampire. Published in Great Britain in 1976 by Raven Books.

Challenging words;

  1. radiance = loiste, kirkkaus, säteily
  2. loathe = inhota
  3. murmur = mumista
  4. frantic = hurja, raivoisa
  5. amorphous = amorfinen, hahmoton, muodoton
  6. a sconce = lampetti
  7. a specter = kummitus, aave
  8. lull = tuudittaa
  9. a vendor = myyjä, kauppias
  10. condescension = halveksunta, ylimielisyys
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mira Jeskanen
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 14:32:21

    This book review has a good beginning, it’s the best to start by telling information about the book and tell if there is a film adaption (especially if the actors are Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise… haha).
    I also like how you analyse writer’s writing style by using very fancy words for example “a dark savor which tunes perfectly with the sensual” and “enchanting gloominess”.
    I always love to hear reader’s own opnion of the book and your opnion makes me wanna read this book. You tell observingly the athmosphere you had while reading it. It’s great that you use very difficult words, it tells your english is pretty good.
    I’m not sure can say anything negative about this review. Maybe you could have tell that plot part, where you tell about Louis, even more shorter way by telling only the main points. And I’d have like to see a picture of the book’s cover. Otherwise I think you did great job with this 🙂

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