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am 25. September 2007
San Francisco, 1976. Der 200 Jahre alte Vampir Louis erzählt dem jungen Journalisten Daniel seine Lebensgeschichte. Dieser will ihm anfangs nicht so recht glauben, aber Louis' Erzählung über Liebe und Verrat, Trauer und Hoffnung schlägt ihn immer mehr in den Bann.

Mit ihrem allerersten Roman hat Anne Rice bereits einen modernen Klassiker geschaffen. Louis' romantische und erotische, oftmals aber auch tragische Geschichte entführt den Leser in das New Orleans des 18. Jahrhunderts. Rice schafft es eine fesselnde Atmosphäre, ebenso düster wie sinnlich, herauf zu beschwören, die in der moderen Literatur ihresgleichen sucht. Louis selbst ringt mit seinem Dasein als Vampir: Um zu Überleben muss er töten, doch ihn quält sein zutiefst menschliches Gewissen. Von Lestat, dem Vampir, der ihn geschaffen hat, hat er bald genug und so verliebt er sich in Claudia, das Vampirkind, die er gemeinsam mit Lestat zum Vampir gemacht hat. Doch diese Gemeinschaft zerbricht und Louis und Claudia gehen nach Paris wo sie auf Armand treffen, einen jahrhundertealten Vampir, zu dem sich Louis hingezogen fühlt.

Die autobiographischen Züge des Romans sind unübersehbar: Anne Rice begann mit dem Schreiben nach dem Tod ihrer kleinen Tochter, die an einer seltenen Blutkrankheit litt. Das Mädchen findet sich wieder in dem Vampirkind Claudia, dass nicht erwachsenwerden kann und für immer in dem Körper eines Kindes gefangen ist. In der Beziehung zwischen Lestat und Louis werden die Eheprobleme von Anne und Stan Rice nach dem Tod der Tochter deutlich: Louis ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen gehen und bleiben, Lestat oft verständnislos und grausam (Interessanter Weise wird Lestat in den weiteren Romanen der Reihe völlig anders dargestellt, dort ist Lestat der strahlende Held, "der Macher" und Gewinner).

Ich kann dieses Buch jedem empfehlen, der schon immer einmal eine Vampirgeschichte aus der anderen Perspektive lesen wollte - der des "Ungeheuers", dass mit seinem Schicksal hadert. Der Roman ist tiefgründig und sicher keine leichte Kost, gibt Anstoß zum Nachdenken und Hinterfragen. Wer Probleme mit Liebesbeziehungen zwischen Männern hat sollte sich das Lesen vielleicht zweimal überlegen - es wird zwar nichts explizit dargestellt, aber die knisternde Spannung zwischen Louis und Lestat oder auch Louis und Armand ist nicht zu übersehen.
Das Werk im englischen Original zu lesen hat seinen Reiz, aber da Rice einen sehr breiten und bisweilen auch recht speziellen Wortschatz verwendet sind sehr gute Englischkenntnisse fast ein Muss, wenn man den Roman richtig geniesen will.

Noch ein Wort für all jene, die bereits den Film kennen: Das Buch ist besser. Auch wenn Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt und Kirsten Dunst sicherlich ganz hervoragende Arbeit leisten, an den fesselden Stil des Buches, an die Dramatik und an den sinnlichen Unterton des Buches kommt der Film nicht ran.

Eines kann ich versprechen: Jeder, der das Buch gelesen hat, wird sich wünschen, dass ein Vampir kommt und ihn beißt.
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am 22. März 2000
A very interesting redefinition of the vampire lore. The book that began the Anne Rice craze. By far the best in the series (sequels never live up to the original). I for one found this to be a complete tale that had no need for any follow-up. However, the power of the dollar and a legion of fans caused Ms. Rice to try to invent some sort of follow-up tales.
The character of Louis is so interesting as is the mysterious LeStat. We also have a fascinating cast of characters inhabiting the Theater of the Vampires.
The narration is fascinating as the interviewer observes all types of eerie body movements from his vampire subject during the interview.
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am 17. Juli 2000
Anne Rice establishes a strong framework with her first novel in the Vampire Chronicles series. I read this novel after finding the movie a delicious addition to the Vampire myth. Upon reading the book, I enjoyed every twist, turn, and detail that gave the book such a lush feel. I love this book simply because it establishes a world within a world: the character's are so colorful one cannot seem to place them anywhere else but in the world of fiction but the realistic settings and the provacative emotions make one think that these characters are real and that Lestat, Louis, and the others are real beings existing in our world.
This book I believe is our modern-day Dracula and a good read for anyone interested in vampires in general, but also for anyone interested in devastatingly human relationships, emotions, and struggles
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am 15. Juni 1998
I finished reading "Interview with the Vampire" a few minutes ago. I loved it. I read the last word, turned the last page, and sat there for a while; then I picked the book up and shook it, whispering, "More! I want more!" Thank God there's a whole series.
"Interview" is getting a great deal of hype because of the movie, but it deserves every bit of publicity it receives because it's simply the most gripping page-turner I've ever read. It doesn't really fit into a particular category, which is why many reviewers were disappointed with it. I think I enjoyed it so much because it was the first vampire book I've ever read (soon to be one of many), and when I picked it up, I didn't really know what to expect. "Interview" isn't straight horror, romance, or fantasy... It's all these and much more. Louis is beautiful and often surprising; it's not every day that one discovers a sweet, sensitive vampire. Sometimes his intense emotions reminded me of John Lang from "Islandia" ...but that's another story.
Several readers complained about the "needless homoerotic imagery" in this tale. This is the first time I've ever encountered the term, but I'm pretty sure I know what it means. Being a big fan of the homosexual arch-villians Kunzite and Zoisite in "Sailor Moon" (an anime cartoon, in case you're wondering), I don't have a problem with that sort of thing, but I can understand how other readers would find it disturbing. My advice: don't worry about it. Sit back, read, and enjoy the rest of the story.
Now you all know why, in art class, I made little clay statues of Claudia, Louis, and Lestat, and why, while hanging around at the Fish Market, I drew "Vampire Comics" on the back of the menu. "Interview with the Vampire" is right up on my shelf with all the other great classics like "Islandia," "Divine Comedy," and "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Quick... somebody ! find me a copy of "The Vampire Lestat"! Hurry, I'm desperate! ^_^
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am 11. Januar 1999
I adore Miss Rice's "The Witching Hour" and so curled up for what I thought would be an equally good read. What a disappointment. The writing is quite banal, and unlike some of her other writings you never get the opportunity to know the characters in any depth. I was so disappointed that I didn't finish the book, which is rare for me.
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am 29. Dezember 1998
"Interview With the Vampire" is a poorly written novel with a silly story as its basis. Only people who think they are vampires (or wish they were) will be be able to look past the fact that Rice has passed off one of those $2.99 romance novels as a weighty piece of fiction by simply making the characters "VAMPIRES!" As a native of Louisiana, I bought the book as a matter of pride. The story is set in our fairest gem, New Orleans (for at least part of the time) and so many New Orleanians gushed with praise over Rice's "Vampire Chronicles". Now I wish Anne Rice had chosen Hoboken or Carson City or anywhere else but here as her home.
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This novel, "Interview with the Vampire", by Anne Rice, is by far one of the best book I've ever read. It started with a young boy interviewing a vampire, and the vampire related him the whole story of his life, how he became a vampire, his thrilling adventures through the centuries and his complex relationships with both the mortals and the immortals.
In my opinion, Anne Rice had done the best of jobs. The writing and the detailed descriptions, the composing of this novel, had brought out every emotion of the characters like the flick of a whip. The rage, the love, the hatred, the sufferings, the darkness, the pain and the terror, were all presented so vividly as if in front of my eyes, as if I were really part of the character.
I think Anne Rice had created the most successful characters. Throughout the whole book, you can really look at the conflicts between them. They are, somehow, attached or attracted by each other, the mortals and the immortals. Their love and hate and struggles go to such degrees, and yet limited by their nature, it was almost impossible to understand it at all. I believe Anne Rice had used those characters to express humanity, the whole plot was some kind of an irony. Something like a metaphor, though she exaggerated everything to make it poignant enough.
Not only were the characters a success, the time and place details were incredible. The costumes, ways of manner, history and every background changes as the years passed, and she made the backgrounds so realistic that I could almost feel everything surrounding me. I think Anne Rice had done such a great job that this book should be counted as literature.
After reading the last line of this novel, I was both stunned and fascinated, but somehow quite disturbed. It really took me some time and thoughts to understand the whole plot and to sort out the conflicts, especially at the ending. Thoroughly I truly enjoyed this dark, fascinating and moving tale. Even though it was a little disturbing, I really would recommend it to anybody.
OKay, above there is part of the book report I wrote on this book for English class. I just *LOVE* this book so much!! READ IT!!
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am 2. November 1998
Interview with the Vampire was quite possibly the best book I have ever read. As I started to read this novel by Anne Rice (one of the greatest novelist of our time, in my oppinion.) I noticed from the very beginning that this novel was going to be different from all the past and current "cheesy" vampire novels you read. About killers who show no emotion. And live without a thought or care in the world. This novel is different in the way that it shows that even immortals can show emmotion. It made me think that the character's were actually real, that they were suddenly sprung into reality by each word that passed through my lips, or in my head. To be utterly honest, I barely sleept in the 4 days while reading INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. The reason is?: I was always curious to see what Louie, Lestat, and Claudia were up to! It's that spellbounding! Louie with his deep love for Claudia, with his lingering mortal feelings and thoughs , Lestat with his ruthless intensity and longing for Louie, and Claudia with her split emotions (love/hate) towards Louie and pure hatred and despise for Lestat. It all made for an interesting, heartfelt, wonderful, facinating, enchanting, beloved, haunting, chilling, imaginative (well, you get the idea!) novel, which I will always hold close to my heart. Also which I will carry with me in my thoughts and mind ALWAYS.........Iam forever wondering what their (Lestat, Louie, Armand, and all the others) are doing while we mere MORTALS sleep. It makes you think, hmmmmm??? (I truely miss the trio of Louie, Lestat, and Claudia.)
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am 13. Juni 2000
I first encounterd this book when I was 12 and in the library looking for something good to read. The title caught my eye and I checked it out and I'm glad I did! The story, as told from the point of view of the vampire Louis tells of the love/hate "family" relationship between Louis, his maker Lestat and their child Claudia. Louis is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he must kill in order to exsist (some call it whining, but I call it endearing). I read this book for the first time in a couple of days (it's that good) My favorite character in the entire vampire series is Louis. I know most people think that Lestat is the hero of this novel, but Interview is Louis' tale and I understand his point of view completely. He doesn't whine, Louis just wants a better understanding of what he is and how he should feel about that. I wish Ms. Rice would write novels featuring more of him because his character is so human and so beautifully written that I look for him FIRST in each new novel by her. Some have called it too homoerotic, but I happen to like this type of romance. It is obvious that Louis and Lestat both love and hate one another and it is this relationship that is the basis of the novel. If you have never read a book by Ms. Rice, let Interview With the Vampire be your first. But be warned, you'll get hooked!
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am 30. Oktober 2015
A vampire with the name of Louis gives an interview in which he tells of his life; how he became a vampire; how he struggled with the inevitable killing that was needed to stay alive; how he tried to find meaning in a life that can only exist in the dark and by the grace of the pain of others.
Meh. This novel started out so well, but then lost speed halfway through, only to come back with a kind of climax and then to come to a screeching halt. I felt that the ending was particularly bad. What was the point of this story? I also really didn’t get the relationship that Louis has with Armand and I thought his relationship with Claudia was creepy, but not in a good way. I can appreciate that Anne Rice chose to display a somewhat friendly vampire (she was, I think, the first one that didn’t portray them as mere blood-sucking monsters) and a vampire child that didn’t grow (looking at you, ‘Breaking Dawn’…), but… I don’t know, it just didn’t work for me. The horror elements of this novel were spot-on, though. Lestat was horrible, toying with his victims, terrorizing them psychologically. Especially the scene in which he dances around with a decomposing corpse (which oozes black fluid from the mouth) was haunting. Overall I think this novel has some strong elements, but it did leave me feeling very unfulfilled.
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