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The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. August 2004

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After the spectacular debut of Interview with the Vampire in 1976, Anne Rice put aside her vampires to explore other literary interests--Italian castrati in Cry to Heaven and the Free People of Color in The Feast of All Saints. But Lestat, the mischievous creator of Louis in Interview, finally emerged to tell his own story in the 1985 sequel, The Vampire Lestat.

As with the first book in the series, the novel begins with a frame narrative. After over a half century underground, Lestat awakens in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. Particularly, he is captivated by a fledgling rock band named Satan's Night Out. Determined both to achieve international fame and end the centuries of self-imposed vampire silence, Lestat takes command of the band (now renamed "The Vampire Lestat") and pens his own autobiography. The remainder of the novel purports to be that autobiography: the vampire traces his mortal youth as the son of a marquis in pre-Revolutionary France, his initiation into vampirism at the hands of Magnus, and his quest for the ultimate origins of his undead species.

While very different from the first novel in the Vampire Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat has proved to be the foundation for a broader range of narratives than is possible from Louis's brooding, passive perspective. The character of Lestat is one of Rice's most complex and popular literary alter egos, and his Faustian strivings have a mythopoeic resonance that links the novel to a grand tradition of spiritual and supernatural fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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“FRIGHTENING, SENSUAL . . . Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature. . . . To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“FIERCELY AMBITIOUS, NOTHING LESS THAN A COMPLETE UNNATURAL HISTORY OF VAMPIRES.”
–The Village Voice

“BRILLIANT . . . ITS UNDEAD CHARACTERS ARE UTTERLY ALIVE.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“LUXURIANTLY CREATED AND RICHLY TOLD.”
–The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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I saw the movie first, two days later I bought the book, a week later I bought the other three Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Lestat is now my all time favorite book. It has been on the shelf for three years now, it may be time to read it again. What a beautiful enticing masterpiece. What a character! When I saw Lestat on the big screen (my compliments to Tom Cruise, he doesn't excite me at all in other movies, but in this movie he played a very convincing Lestat) I knew I wanted more. First IWTV, main character poor suffering Louis. Then the others, all featuring Lestat. I've never been in love with a fictional character before, but Lestat certainly caught my fancy. Delicious how he plays with the other characters, how we get to know his arrogance, sexuality, sensuality, intelligence and beauty. The best part is that he thrills men and women alike. My compliments to Anne Rice, for creating such a bi-sensual novel, I've read a lot of books, but never have I encountered a book that so fits my needs, grasping me, making me wish to be part of that world (though certainly not a vampire, rather a part of the talamasca)! Please more, feed my brains, this is the best of fantacy, horror, thriller, comedy, drama, and romance, all put into one genre, that of Anne Rice!
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"Interview with a Vampire" war nett zu lesen und hat zum Kauf von "The Vampire Lestat" angeregt. Ich hatte erwartet, wieder ein Buch in der Hand zu halten welches nett zu lesen ist - von wegen, nicht nur nett sondern voellig genial! M. E. uebertrifft "The Vampire Lestat" das erste Buch der Serie bei weitem. Besonders fasziniert hat mich, wie Anne Rice es schafft, Lestat ploetzlich in ein ganz anderes Licht zu ruecken, sozusagen vom Anti-Held zum Held. Zum Inhalt ist eigentlich bereits alles gesagt worden sodass diesbezuegliche Ausfuehrungen ueberfluessig sind - ich kann nur wiederholen: besser als der Vorgaenger.
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Lestat. Lestat...Lestat! If you read Interview with the Vampire and dismissed Lestat as nothing but a cruel killer, as I did, then you HAVE to read this book. In it, Lestat tells his version of what Louis told the interviewer, and the reader discovers that Louis did not always interpret things correctly. You're bound to fall in love with the Brat Prince, in love with his optimism and selfishness and vanity and curiosity about the world. He describes himself so vividly that you can see him clearly in your mind; his luxurious long blond curls, gray-blue eyes, and slender elegant body. He describes everything else vividly as well; after reading some scenes, you find yourself longing for blood! Not only that, but you come to understand Armand better as well. Lestat also introduces you to fascinating new characters: his friend Nicholas, his mother Gabrielle, and the ancient vampires Marius, Akasha and Enkil. His style of writing is beautiful, lush, evocative, and he captures your interest right from the very beginning. He'll leave you longing for him to appear and give you the Dark Gift, ushering you into his darkly beautiful world. You'll be so fascinated by him that you won't rest until you've read his three other books, too. Anyone who likes vampires absolutely must read this wonderful book.
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Von Ein Kunde am 21. März 1999
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One could make a very strong case against Anne Rice's "The Vampire Lestat." It's very flawed book: It's rather messy, much of the dialog is ridiculously flowery, and what's with All The Capitalization? Although this is not by far Rice's best book it is my personal favorite and has been for many years because cause of its incredibly brilliant and optimistic tone, it's absolute celebrations of life and youth and adventure, and it's enduring theme of the outsider who is damned by destiny forever struggling to make a life and identity and a purpose for himself in a world is not his own. This book is incredibly inspiring and I would even go as far as to say it is life-affirming.
One thing that many critics and the media in general don't understand about the work of Anne Rice is it's amazing optimism and humanism. She may write often dark novels, about characters who are tainted with evil, but never does she celebrate evil, I would go as far from her books to say that Anne Rice hates evil, this is clear in "The Queen of the Damned" if nowhere else. It's easy for people to look at a novel like "Lestat," written from the vampire's point-of-view and say that it is glamorizing an evil charactor. This is a simplification. I accept Lestat, I love his spirit, his relentlessness, his courage but I do not celebrate his nature. I hate evil. I hate death and injustice. And so does Lestat. Maybe that's the glamor. The glamor of good in evil. Evil in good. If you think about it, it's something all priviledged Westerners can relate to. Like Lestat we are stuck in an evil system that is responsible for death and suffering throughout the world. Technically speaking all Westerners, all the priviledged of the world, are damned.
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In this sequel to "Interview with the Vampire," the reader learns all about Anne Rice's most complex character in The Vampire Chrnicles, Lestat. All those things that Louis wanted to know, but never learned are here in this book. Furthermore, Anne Rice turns "Interview's" already complex tale into the beginnings of a new vampire mythology.
First, we find out Lestat's origins. Forced into the dark gift by the maddened Vampire Magnus, Lestat must discover the secrets of vampirism on his own. We begin to understand Lestat's bitterness towards Loius's constant questioning of their history. Lestat finds it difficult leaving his friends and family, his very humanity behind, and we find that he was not always the playfully evil vampire he was in "Interview."
Over the course of the novel, the reader learns just how much Lestat does indeed know by the time the events of "Interview" take place. By then, he has become more powerful than "Interview" could have possibly let on. Lestat as a character becomes very complex, with a long history of intense pain, and shocking discovery. Others (not me particularly) will be happy to learn more about Armand in this book as well.
Overall, this was an excellent sequel because it fills the reader in on Lestat's past, and answers many of the questions "Interview" left you with. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Lestat's character in "Interview." Further, if you enjoyed the mythology of the vampires introduced in "Lestat," then by all means read the next installment "Queen of the Damned."
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