Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Feast of All Saints” as Want to Read:
The Feast of All Saints
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Feast of All Saints

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  13,925 ratings  ·  309 reviews
In the days before the Civil War there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern history. For though they were descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who had enslaved them. They were the gens de couleur libre—the Free People of Color— and in this dazzling historical novel, Anne Rice chronicles the lives of four of their number ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published 1979)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Feast of All Saints, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Feast of All Saints

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
Recommended Historical Fiction
363rd out of 1,777 books — 1,724 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Teenage Protagonists
134th out of 171 books — 26 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
This novel so often gets overlooked; Anne Rice's mystical writings about vampires, mummies and witches easily overshadow it. Pity, because for my money, this is her BEST work. While researching Interview with a Vampire, she gathered enough information, for this, her second novel (as Anne Rice). The book blends a wonderful love of a beautiful city (New Orleans) with a genuine interest in African American culture. The gens de couleur libre, a society of free middle-class mixed-raced people, had co ...more
Jennifer Pavich
Completely different than most Anne Rice novels, this one forgoes the supernatural entirely.

One of my favorite books, this novel is rich with history of pre-Civil War New Orleans and rural Louisiana. Characters are very compelling and Rice deftly explores the nearly mind boggling complexity of race and relationships in a city where degrees of black- or whiteness meant everything.

NOTE: The movie was flat and much oversimplified by comparison, not even worth watching.
I'm giving this five stars (it was amazing) because that is how I felt about this book when I read it when I was fifteen. My dad bought this book for me on one of our Sunday bookstore browsing days and I picked it up only because I liked the cover. I had never heard of Anne Rice and didn't know anything about her Vampire Chronicles.

I was immediately sucked into this book by its historical context,intricate plot, kind of naughtiness, and very romantic New Orleans setting. I was devastated at the
I love books that highlight African American history, and I was beside myself when i found this book one day in a bin at Goodwill. For .25 I got one of the best books I've ever written. Mrs. Rice weaves an excellent tale about the gen de libre coloure, a little known community of mixed races free people of color that populated Louisiana. I was completely draw into the world of Marcel St. Marie as he struggled with his identity on his road to becoming a man.

This was a great book.
This is so much better than the vampire books, a complex and fully imagined life of a young free man of color in pre-Civil War New Orleans.
as of 6/3/08, this is the most beautiful book I've read! It's Anne Rice so very yummy details. All in all a coming of age story for a "free people of color" family in pre-Civil war era. Time piece is great, the adventure and romance of early Louisiana is so intoxicating. Anne seems to have done a fair amount of research on this book (plus she's lived in New Orleans for quite a while) - according to the brief tours I engaged in while in NOLA, many details match up. Some names and dates are differ ...more
Jessica Thurlow
Feast of all Saints: A Refreshing Fiction
I have been a fan of Anne Rice since I was twelve years old. I t was then that Lestat held me in his arms and whispered sweet nothings in my ear. And it is becuse of this experience that the name Rice has become synonymous with all things preternatural for me. Thus, I was shocked to find, when I began reading The Feast of all Saints that the novel contained no elements of the supernatural save for a few instances of spiritual awakening. I confess that I w
A remarkable well-researched and from-the-heart work of historical fiction which follows the everyday lives of antebellum gens de couleur, also commonly called "Creole" society in Southern Louisiana. A motley assortment of characters and a well-crafted and cleverly paced storyline is accented by unexpectedly complex explorations of racial dynamics from a variety of perspectives along the color line, and mostly within it's lesser explored grayspaces. The author is bold in her trajectory, employin ...more
Alexander Santiago
A beautiful and lush novel set in a very unique community in America in antebellum New Orleans - the gens de couleur libre, the mixed race Creoles of color. The novel, though with many characters who play very important roles in the story, concentrates on the St. Marie family: Cecile St. Marie, the haughty matriarch of dark skin and fine european features who was rescued as a little girl from St. Domingue during the revolt; her daughter, Marie, blessed/cursed with the ability to pass for white, ...more
This is probably one of my three favorite books by Anne Rice. It is set in New Orleans and is about the life of one man and his three families. His white wife and children, his kept quadroon woman and their children, and his slave woman and their child. This book talks about the complexity of race relations in a very personal way and during a time period when people didn't talk about race at all, 1800s. It is not a ghoulish tale, like Rice is known for writing either. It is a period story about ...more
The Feast of All Saints is one of the most beautifully written books I have read. The story focuses on the lives of the gens de colour, free people of color in antebellum New Orleans, who created a rich and highly cultured society in the midst of prejudice and the world of slavery. Purely historical fiction, and at times skirting the genre of Southern Gothic, it focuses on young Marcel, the blue-eyed mulatto son of a plantation owner who keeps Marcel's mother and his family in luxury in New Orle ...more
This book made me understand colourism in Black society a bit more. Very interesting book, though it took me about 200 pages to really get into it
I never finished this one. It never really went anywhere. I probably read half of it and decided to stop.
Feb 23, 2010 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
Although mostly known for her vampire fiction, Rice's non-paranormal books are easily her best as Cry To Heaven and now this deftly illustrate.

A beautiful mix of history and fiction that plunges us into the incredibly complex lives of the Free People of Colour of New Orleans in the mid 19th century, a world I was largely ignorant of prior to picking this up, I loved this book and soon found myself absorbed completely. Written mostly from the viewpoint of the St Marie family (Cecile, under placag
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I've had to think for a while about what to say of this novel. So I can't remember the exact date I finished it, it was a few months ago.

As usual, Anne Rice seems to be obsessed with sexual matters...can anyone say 'Repressed Catholic Upbringing' ten times fast? That was probably uncalled for, but that's how it always looks to me.

I really liked the storylines about the Vamps, the Taltos, the Witches, (despite whole novels being repetitions of what has passed before from differing viewpoints), ho
Let me start by saying that Anne Rice is my favorite author. I discovered her work when I was barely a teenager. Rice painted vivid, metaphysical worlds for her vampires, witches, and spirits. The page turning tales she spun were an escape that brought me through some of the toughest trials of my adolescence. There was one novel, though, that I completely disregarded because it was of the historical fiction genre. The Feast of All Saints is set in Louisiana in the 1840's. The main characters are ...more
Roberta Stewart
As I said about "Cry To Heaven" don't dismiss this as just another Anne Rice book. It's an historical novel about being a mixed race or mulatto young man in 19th century New Orleans. There was a whole class of colored, well-off, well-educated and cultured people in New Orleans at this time. They ranked far above the blue-collar Irish immigrants in the complex social strata of the Crescent City. While Anne Rice's writing tends towards the overlush, this is a captivating, interesting story of a ti ...more
Rice is truly gifted. There is so much detail and lush writing in this book about a time and place she seems to know so well - as if she lived there in a former life. She makes the reader smell it, taste it, touch it. Wonderful!
First Anne Rice book I ever read. I've been smitten since by her writting and New Orleans as well. My soul now resides there with her help. Book gives a great insight to N.O. caste system in the early days...Enjoy
My favorite book of all time! This epic story of freed Blacks in New Orleans living in both a black and white world enveloped my heart, and is still a part of me years later.
Long and rambling. Not really my taste in books. The writing was amazing and so were the characters. I'm just not much for conversation based plots.
Maureen Prindiville
not your typical Anne Rice book - no vampires. If you like historical fiction, this is an interesting read - Set in Pre-Civil War New Orleans.
Scott Williams
This was my first reading of Anne Rice's second novel. In it, you can clearly see the beginnings of the writer she would become. Here we see the roots of her explorations of historical New Orleans and the multigenerational family storytelling that her Mayfair Witches series would make her famous for.

I love that in 1979, Rice included a gay character in a work of popular fiction without comment. This person is simply present and his romantic entanglements are described as benignly as any others.
I used to love Anne Rice's books. I got into the vampire ones as a teenager, and very much enjoyed them, as well as some of the other books of hers I managed to get my hands on.
This one however, was nigh impossible to finish. The writing as always is beautiful, if at times a little too flowery for my tastes, but I nearly gave up when I'd managed to get half-way through the book and absolutely nothing had happened yet! I was completely bored out of my mind, and try as I might I just couldn't enjo
Realmente no me gustó, me pareció largo, lento y pesado.
way too religious for my taste. couldn't finish it.
Dec 11, 2010 Burgendya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to any Anne Rice fan and any history buff.
Recommended to Burgendya by: An old friend mine.

Feast of all Saints was a superb story, & unforgetble. Anne Rice has done a great job in recreating pre-civil war New Orlean, LA history. It was a lovely look of the Africans in America-Gens de Couler Libre/Free People of Color during the 1800's. The creole people & their lives in that time. She difinetly gave it a mesmerizing imagery. The story main center character was Marcel St.Marie maturing to the harsh reality of how race and class has a profound affect on a person's life. A beauti
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
I was looking at all my Anne Rice books and I noticed one of them didn't look like it had been read. My best guess as to why I hadn't read The Feast of All Saints when I bought it is most likely because of the very small and heavy font.

Anyway, years after purchasing it, I have finished reading this book which was quite different to her vampire series. The novel has a familiar setting in New Orleans, however there are no vampires or supernatural themes in the story. Set in the French Quarter in t
May 24, 2010 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction books
Shelves: historical, 2010-read
This book took a while to get into (it's taken me a month nearly to read!) and I did find that if and when I put it down, I could easily forget about it. (Where as other books have called me to it... and I've ignored the housework to just read, read, read!).

I've given it three stars, maybe it deserves two and half. I wasn't sure whether to give it two or three. I did like the story, but like I said, this book wasn't ever begging me to pick it back up. There were places where it was left on a cl
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Please Fix Author 2 25 Mar 18, 2012 08:57PM  
  • The Witches' Companion
  • Anne Rice's The Tale of the Body Thief (A Graphic Novel)
  • Beauty's Release (Sleeping Beauty, #3)
  • Conversations with Anne Rice: An Intimate, Enlightening Portrait of Her Life and Work
  • Haunted City: An Unauthorized Guide to the Magical, Magnificent New Orleans of Anne Rice
  • Panama Fever: The Epic Story of One of the Greatest Human Achievements of All Time-- the Building of the Panama Canal
  • Queen
  • A Density of Souls
  • The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
  • 47
  • Turn Left At The Trojan Horse: A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey
  • Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story
  • Lord of the Vampires (The Diaries of the Family Dracul, #3)
  • Beguiled (Devoted, #2)
  • A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Red Inferno: 1945
  • Lilith's Dream (Hunger, #3)
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
More about Anne Rice...
Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3) The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)

Share This Book

“When you find out there is no ultimate good and evil in which you can place your faith, the world does not fall apart at the seams. It simply means that every decision is more difficult, more critical, because you are creating the good and evil yourself and they are very real.” 25 likes
More quotes…