- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Abridged edition (28. September 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345389417
- ISBN-13: 978-0345389411
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 2,4 x 17,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 116 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 595.767 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Servant of the Bones: A Novel (Roman) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Gekürzte Ausgabe, 28. September 1998
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"Lusty sensuousness and brisk pacing . . . will leave readers impressed and entertained".
-- Publishers Weekly
Drawn from his centuries-long slumber, Azriel, an embittered immortal and Servant of the Bones, becomes a witness to the murder of an innocent girl, a crime that leads him into the conflict between a great leader of the Hasidim and his stepson, a diabolical cult leader.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The main character Azriel is an interesting young man, but maby a little bit too ready to sacrifice himself. Sometimes you don't get to understand the reasons for all his actions. But what happens to him is monstrous. Absolutly tantalizing!
Reaching the climax, the story get's a bit too fantastic, but the very idao of 'how to clean the world from human infestation' is very thrilling. Anne Rice givs a dangerously precise idea of the planing and procedure of such a projekt. The point is the connection between purification and devastaion and the readyness to actually go through with the whole plan.
Azriel finds himself in the middel of a conspiracy in a world he slowly learns to understand. He is confrontet with a maliciously insane but ingenious psychopath and a very conservative jewish community and he does not exactly know what's going on. Once he learns, he is willing to prevent desaster, but he doesn't know how to and time is running short.
The wohle plan he trys to stop from succeding is complex and brilliant, but Azriel has to find a way around it to gain salvation, at last to some extend.
The end is absolutly tantalizing and not at all the way one would expect. Anne Rice works marvellously with the differences between deeply felt believe in God and the outgrowths of religious fanatism.
All in all the book is really terrific.
P.S. I hope my english is not too confused and you got the meaning of what I was trying to tell you about the Servant of the bones. If not, just enjoy the book, it is good!
Strangely, the events seems to take place in some sort of alternate universe. For example, in ancient Babylon, the Torah is copied not according to the actual, strict tradition of the scribes (although scribes are mentioned), but in a hit-or-miss atmosphere where young scholars (who worship other gods) are casually consulted as to which text to use (Rice takes great pains to assert that there were many, many, many different variant Torah texts in this alternate world). The OT is casually painted as myth. The Hebrews are portrayed as hypocritical - Azriel and his father share the same women, and have no compunctions about idolatry, yet they are described as devoted to God. Yahweh exists, but his servants are mostly repulsive, crazy, or powerless, and invariably full of hatred - a theme that pops up throughout. The great virtue espoused is tolerance. And in 1994, the President of the US is "extremely brilliant" and "beautiful."
If you can swallow all this, the first half of the book is alive with the sights and sounds of Babylon, and it is marvelous to read. The story of how Azriel becomes a genie is fascinating. However, as the story shifts to modern times, it be becomes somewhat weak and uninteresting. Perhaps half the text seems like filler, because the outcome is certain. The villains are all deserving of death because of their "hatred"; the heroes, although they freely wish death upon others (Azriel, the protagonist genie, is asked to kill a merchant, apparently justified because he is a thief of sorts) are somewhat smug and self-righteous, because of their "tolerance". This becomes nauseating after a while. To be fair, Rice throws a little humanity to the villain of the second half of the book, but he still remains somewhat one-dimensional.
On the whole, the book gets a bit preachy and, as mentioned before, self-righteous. But if you can stomach that, as you have to do with her other books, enjoy her writing in the area in which she excels - bringing dead bones of dead cities to life. But not as good a book as "The Vampire Lestat," which, although having similar rhetoric, is more of a page-turner in the better sense - to find out what happens, rather than - as in the case of "Servant" - to simply get through the book.
But I look up to Lauren a lot, so when she recommended Anne Rice's SOTB, I went out to read it. I'm a huge ghost-story lover. For me, all that metaphysical new-age crud strikes an interest for me.
Too bad Mrs.Rice couldn't keep my interest up at a fever pitch. It starts when a secluded writer suddenly gets sick. He fears that he might die until-whambamkablam! Azriel appears! Yay! And he saves the writer he calls Jonathan! Whoop-de-doo!
So Azriel wants to tell Jonathan (who Azriel has been searching for--apparently, Azriel likes Jonny's writings) the story of his life (which spans nearly three thousand years, I belive, but it's been condensed). The beginning is a lot like "Interview With the Vampire", only a bit more like a friendly chat. Or a therapy session.
Up until Azriel gets to New York, It was interesting, and sometimes funny. Azriel's getting around to being a spirit was interesting and at times, poignant, if not silly because some parts reminded me of episodes of "I Dream of Jeannie." After he gets New York, the plot gets convuluted. He solves a mystery and saves the world from a madman bent on being the next "Messiah." Yay. Woo. You go boy. Looks like Mrs.Rice has been getting something out of an episode of "Pinky and the Brain." (the Brain in his most Orson Welles-like voice: Yeees Pinky, it is time to take over the world!) Or "Plan 9 From Outer Space." And the scene that was meant to be *sexy* and *provacative* are so laughable that you could just *hear* Beavis and Butthead chuckle through it.
So, it's a 10 for the fist half, and a 0 for the second half. Average it out, and the book's five. So much for my ghost-fanaticism buoy-ing this book.
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