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Intervista col vampiro (The Vampire Chronicles #1)

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Romanzo horror, romanzo gotico, romanzo storico e filosofico, Intervista col vampiro ha segnato l'inizio di una delle saghe narrative di maggior successo mondiale. Con il suo capolavoro, Anne Rice ha ricreato il mito notturno dei vampiro, trasformandolo in una figura oscuramente luminosa capace di incarnare, e di raccontare, i mali, le paure, le angosce di noi contemporane ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published 1995 by TEA (first published 1976)
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Kat Kennedy
If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones.

Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatabl
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
It's probably more a 3 1/2 star book, but I'm going to go for four stars because of the amazing characters.


“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”


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Twilight jokes aside, I really enjoyed reading this novel.

Make room on your book bucket lists because Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire is a must read. One of my casual resolutions this year was to catch up on some of the books I've been meaning to read for a while, but just never got around to. I'm so glad I fi
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Mark
Aug 09, 2007 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the rare few books I couldn't finish. I could not empathize with the lead character at all - once he turned into a vampire I would be regularly bombarded with paragraphs describing how goddamn beautiful everything was now that he could see them with his vampire eyes. The forest was beautiful, the night sky was beautiful, the homeless people were beautiful...not normally, mind you, only when seen through vampire eyes.

These special vampire eyes might be the reason why Louis (narrator) and L
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Antonio

He caminado por las calles de Nueva Orleans como el Segador Maldito y me he alimentado de vida humana para mantener mi propia existencia. No soy un mortal, padre; soy inmortal y condenado, como los ángeles puestos en el infierno por Dios. Soy un vampiro.

Hacía tiempo que no leía sobre vampiros, y quería darle una oportunidad a los famosos vampiros de Rice, conocidos por algunos (como yo) por la icónica película de “Entrevista con el vampiro” que lleva el mismo nombre del primer libro de la sa
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C.
Jun 24, 2009 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Books not bongs
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
You begin.
It seems like it might be fun.
A little bit trashy, but fun.
Not so well written.
Disappointing.
Already, you know it won't be up to much.
You keep reading.
Why this way?
You read, wondering why.
It seems pointless.
You are bored, your mind wanders.
You keep reading.
You cannot stop.
It is dark.
So dark.
The atmosphere.
Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting.
Erotic.
You are trapped.
Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy.
Kinky.
Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful.
Alluring.
Seduct
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Ren
Feb 10, 2008 Ren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story.

Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, wh
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Madeline
Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY."

(I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Li
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think that the history of Vampirism starts and ends with edward cullen
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window.

Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky lo
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Gaijinmama
I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention.
Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires.
It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned ou
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*


3 Stars

I hereby dub Louis “Sir Broods-A lot”!



*snores*

My biggest problems with this story stem from timing – mine! Had I read Interview with the Vampire back when it first came out, or in some close approximation thereafter, I would probably have truly enjoyed it. As it stands I have been exposed to far too many broody, I-am-a-monster-look-at-me-punish-myself vampires to feel much of anything for Louis. This breed of vampire is overdone for me, entirely. And to be fair, they never held much int
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
*** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars ***



. .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!**

To those who haven't read Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was "Interview with a Vampire") because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to capture the essence of the story to a cinematic deg
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Jason Pettus
Jul 09, 2007 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicult ...more
Joelle
Sep 19, 2008 Joelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
Bookworm Sean
I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the novel. That being said though, the ending was as b ...more
Vessey
Jul 17, 2016 Vessey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vessey by: The movie
I admit that I couldn't get through the rest of "The Vampire Chronicles", but this one stays a favourite.

Why do you like it so, oh, vampire crazy Vessey? Really, I do like vampires. Even though I'm not a "Twilight" fan. I even have my own set of teeth. A real goth girl inhabits my body and she hungers for dark adventures. I'm a sinister person, I know. :)

First, I really like Anne Rice's prose. It is so beautiful and enchanting. The whole story comes along with a good measure of dark sensuality,
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Nicole
May 13, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay Twilight fans, and fans of all other modern vampire novels, THIS IS WHAT VAMPIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE! They are not supposed to sparkle, they are not supposed to be teenagers, they are not supposed to be angsty, and they DO NOT fall in love with bland, whiny, seriously mentally handicapped girls. They are supposed to be scary, they are supposed to be mysterious, they are supposed to be mesmerizing (not as a romantic interest, but in their interest of you being their next meal).

Louis and
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Brad
Jan 24, 2009 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ruzz and anyone who wants to feel the world more intensely
Recommended to Brad by: Pat Gulmick
Shelves: faves, horror, vampire
Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again.

This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight -- got me longing for
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Becky
Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it?

Yep.

This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, noth
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Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨


Anne Rice's vampire chronicles made me love reading books. I mean, it didn't exactly start there. I can go back further in my childhood to other books, but as a "young adult" in my late teens, this series nailed it for me. I was captivated. They stayed with me and I thought about them for DAYS, weeks even. In retrospect, it was probably my first experience of "book depression." I wanted Lestat to turn me into a vampire. I think he was my first book boyfriend.

This is my first re-read since the 90
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Cecilia
Aug 15, 2013 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: anne-rice, vampires
Este fue el libro que hizo que, durante varios años de mi vida, anne rice fuera una de las escritoras que más leía. Y no tenía nada que ver con ser "gótico", si no que, simplemente sus personajes me parecían sumamente reales. La soledad, la miseria, el odio y el amor, son emociones humanas, no vampíricas, por lo tanto, no es difícil comprender por qué tantas personas se "enamoraron" de sus vampiros y siguieron toda la saga de novelas vampíricas que esta mujer creo. Otro de los puntos importantes ...more
Marvin
Jun 25, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
You need to get here right away. This whole event has a Lovecraftian feel. But when you get here it will have an Anne Rice feel. Because you're gay.

The above quote, which is recited as well I can remember it, is from John Dies at the End by David Wong. I quote it in this review of Interview With the Vampire because it evokes a certain atmosphere that Rice has created in her version of vampire lore. Not that I think Louis, Lestat or anyone who reads Ann Rice is gay. Well, I always wondered about
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Crystal Starr Light
“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”

Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become.

This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I got interested in vampires back with "Twilight". But
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Christina
This is my first Anne Rice novel and her writing reminds me of Stephen King - they both drag you into their worlds and keep you there, making you race though it to the end as fast as possible to find out what happens.
Interview with the Vampire is the story of Louis mostly, how he became a vampire at the hands of Lestat, how they together made the child vampire Claudia, how Claudia and Louis parted ways with Lestat and went out into the world to search for other vampires and finally found what t
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Daniel Marcos
Mar 18, 2012 Daniel Marcos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one.

I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins.

Let me give you an example:

My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "E" I also like how the
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Paul Bryant
Dec 05, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spooky-ookums, novels
Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

Silence… erm – now what am i supposed to say ? oh yes…

"I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I
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Argona
I was expecting to read something amazing when I started to read this series and I wasn't disappointed. There are amazing vampires in this series that have well-thought backgrounds and unique personalities.

This book is told through Louis's eyes, the most human vampire among the old ones. Obviously the story focuses on his tragic life. Poor Louis suffers quite a tragedy as a human and something forever dies in him before he is even turned to a vampire. It is interesting that as a vampire, he begi
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Rumi
May 05, 2011 Rumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rumi by: Vennie
"Interview with the Vampire" is a truly remarkable book. Without claiming to be a fantasy know-it-all, I'd like to say that the characters in this book are probably some of the most well-developed fantasy creatures out there. Each one has their own doubts, fears, hopes, and a whole system of values. They might not always act as expected from them, but then again, do they have to be perfect, all-knowing, wise and so very distant from humans every single time? What Anne Rice has created is not onl ...more
Tracy
Nov 17, 2008 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who tends to read a little slower
This book was a slow read, and I didn't find it very interesting. The narrative drifts in and out of metaphorical prose, making it difficult to understand what was really happening and what was artistic expression. The author became so caught up in the love of her own prose that she afflicted the reader with the mental haze of her storyteller. I tend to read at a faster pace, and many passages required re-reading to grasp what really was going on. If this was the only problem with the book, I mi ...more
Anne
May 18, 2014 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, horror
It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book.
But there you go.
I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection...
Yeah. This was pretty much crap.
Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics.
Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.
Laina
Jun 30, 2015 Laina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a lover of vampires I am a bit embarrassed to say that I had not read Rice's Interview with the Vampire until now. But better late than never, right? I started reading the book during this 2014-2015 school year, and as any high school English teacher, I felt I had to put it aside for a while because of the ominous gray cloud of guilt that hovered above my head any time I did something that wasn't related to grading papers or preparing lessons.

I own a copy of Neil Jordan's 1994 film based on t
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires, #1)
  • Vittorio, The Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, #2)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)

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