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Violin

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  13,222 ratings  ·  380 reviews
In the grand manner of Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice's new novel moves across time and the continents, from nineteenth-century Vienna to a St. Charles Greek Revival mansion in present-day New Orleans to dazzling capitals of the modern-day world, telling a story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture,...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published December 12th 1991)
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M
Crap, crap, crap. Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. Take all of Anne Rice's worst traits as a writer--her self-indulgence, how long-winded and overly detailed she can be, her narcissism--all of it comes full circle to create this piece of crap book. I think it's her fantasy come to life, which is why it's so bloody terrible. The one and only good part of this book is when she tells the story of the violinist. Rice is at her best recounting history; she does her research and truly lov...more
April
Most boring book I've ever read. I'd recommend vcr manuals over this.
Arya
Considering the level of all Anne Rice's books that I have already read, this one was a complete let down. Perhaps I was expecting something different, as sexy as the books from her vampires series. How upset I was when I found that this book actually tells the story of a woman in such a depression level that it get actually annoying. Amidst her sorrow, this woman meets the ghost of a violinist.

You hopefully suppose that the story is going to improve now that the woman met the subject of the boo...more
arthael
Several years ago, I bought it with more than 70& discount. I still wish I could get my money back. haha.
Fiona
Honestly the worst waste of time a book has ever been. Hours of my precious life were wasted reading about a fat middle-aged woman sobbing and snotting over a ghost and the violin she stole from him. Pointless, meaningless, frustrating and boring. Goodness only knows how I found the determination to finish it.
Allison
seriously? If I want to be that depressed I will think of dying babies and poke myself in the eye. I really tried to like this. I just could not get past the florid sweeps of melancholy, and all the blah blah blah. Save this for therapy Anne.
Zorena
Just a short revue. A poorly done Mary Sue. Whatever happened to the author that wrote Interview With the Vampire and A Cry to Heaven?
Alissa Bach
I have to agree with a lot of the other reviewers: This book was boring!

Here we have Triana, a middle-aged, death-obsessed (possibly insane?) woman who is in the depths of despair over her husband's recent death. So much so that her disgustingly morbid state depression attracts the nasty spirit of musician Stefan--like flies to manure. Stefan, who died rather violently, appears to drive Triana even more insane. Why, I'm not entirely sure... Perhaps because he's angry at his father (how Freudian...more
Taralen
A partial autobiography disguised as a "horror" novel, Violin is a daunting tale about a 54 year old widow named Triana Becker who constantly delves into her maddened depression over the death of her loved ones. She is driven into even deeper despair when the ghost of a handsome Russian violinist named Stefan Stefanovsky, a virtuoso at his art, comes to her with haunting music played on his precious Stradivarius.
Although Anne Rice does a pretty decent job at making the narration musical in rhyth...more
Casey
As someone who reads as much as I do people are often surprised at how I haven't read many 'Classics' nor big popular authors-This is an example of that. Anne Rice is well known, If you have read her stuff or not you know her name or have had a conversation about her at some point. I have a great friend who is an Anne Rice lover to the core and she kept telling me 'You have got to read some of her stuff'', 'I really think you would like Anne Rice, Pick up one of her books' and so on. My 'To Read...more
Alex
This is quite literally the WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ; evoking the great discomfort that is felt when one stumbles upon the private diary of a twisted, manic-depreasive old woman who is as conceited as she is insecure.

I hated all the emotional ramblings and the unnecessarily detailed and repetitive intrusion into people's lives while they took a sh!t and discarded their period blood. It was just too much, and pointlessly so. I learned nothing and I felt nothing but a distinct hatred for Triana a...more
Dottie
My daughters, one perhaps more than the other, urged Anne Rice and her works on me and I resisted. But when this book was out, it pulled me -- the cover art snagged me, the talk about it, whatever it was -- I bought it and then gave it to the daughter. Years afterward, I sought out a copy and read it and found myself drowning in one of those books which sweep the reader under and into the current before they know what's happening -- and just as suddenly the reader finds themselves coming up for...more
Bill Tucker
I've always liked Anne Rice. She throws in just the kind of details into her stories that get me interested from the very beginning. Violin is a stand-alone tale, and a good one at that. The soul of this story is music...its heart is the fulcrum between despair and hope. Not sure what I mean by that? Sit back and let her explain it all.
Mazel
Le récit démarre, qui l'eut cru dans le cadre de la Nouvelle-Orléan, ville pour laquelle l'auteur doit avoir une affection particulière.
Une femme, Triana, vient de perdre son mari, et oscille entre folie et raison.

A ce moment, un spectre violoniste commence un morceau avec une interpétation extrêmement brillante.

Triana (grande mélomane soit dit en passant) se sent envoutée par cette musique qui traduit si bien les sentiments qu'elle peut ressentir.
S'entame alors une lutte entre elle et le fantôm...more
Christine Raymond
Stuck with me...

I must admit this story has haunted me a bit over the years. I was sucked into the pulsating rage of depression like an undertow the first time I read it, (which is is not so surprising since I was 17 when it came out, teenage angst galore). I was dealing with some pretty large, life-altering events at that time, which is probably why this struck a chord.

I admit to not wanting to read it again for fear of spoiling the effect/memory of that first reading. As with most of Anne Rice...more
Maurinejt
I thought there were some brilliant sections, the flashback section where Anne Rice always, always shines is mesmerizing, but the rest of the book was plagued with stilted, long-winded conversations, and characters too greedy--and dramatically and selfishly guilt ridden-- for the reader to feel much empathy for. The same points are hit again and again almost verbatim throughout the novel. The ending was also forced and abrupt, everything wrapped up like a neat bow within 10 pages and very little...more
Tama Wise
No one really seemed to like this book and I can see why. It's probably a little unfortunate that Anne Rice's pinnacle is her vampire novels. It's rather easy to see this book as having all the elements of the vampire novels, but nothing of the charm and spice.

It felt long and laggy in spots, and poorly edited in others. I could stand the lengthy and indulgent wandering around the world parts of the novel too, thats almost another Rice staple. But the characters didnt grab me like the vampires d...more
Deadwish
Reseña completa en mi blog
http://drdeadwish.blogspot.com.ar/201...

La primer mitad del libro peca de depresiva-opresiva, pero es la mejor sin lugar a dudas. Tal vez sea porque tengo cierta empatía con el estilo de la autora, pero decididamente logra transmitir todo ese dolor desgarrador. Esto es una búsqueda deliberada (y efectiva) que no muchos lectores comprenden, y abandonan el libro por denso y depresivo. Lo es, pero a propósito.
A partir del cambio, lamentablemente, la narración pierde consis...more
Lilli
The beginning was exciting and a page turner. I like how Anne Rice's characters develop themselves through their interactions with the others in the book. Also, I applaud her for her characters not being teenagers. And there's a ghost! I was loving this book, but was really dissapointed. I get it that she had family members that died. I've lost close people in my life, so I know how it's easy to constantly dwell on them, but get on with it! It was extremely repetitive and I kept reading to hopef...more
Ali
Now I will read just about anything that seems mildly interesting and I love (or used to love) Anne Rice, but I never made it through this book. It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but this one just held no interest for me. How could I possibly be interested in the author as the main character? It was probably vaguely entertaining when she finally got to the violinist, but it just took too long. Now, if like Stephen King, she had actually just come out and said she was the main character...more
Clare
I had never read an Anne Rice novel, and since someone gave me this book to read, I'd thought I'd give it a try. Well, as you can see by my rating, I did not think much of this story. The writing style was disjointed, I did not like the main characters, character development was negligible and there was too much left unexplained about the characters' lives. Why did Triana marry Karl? Where has Faye been for all this time? What was the deal with Lily possibly being reincarnated in Rio? And lastly...more
Wendy Reiersen
Jun 05, 2009 Wendy Reiersen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly musicians, or wannabes
Shelves: fiction
This book called to me from the library shelf when I was learning to play the violin, something that I always wanted to do. I related to the main character's longing for the music, and more specifically, to be able to produce the music. I was just discovering the connection between playing the violin, and the musician's mood. It is amazing, but if I'm anxious (not necessarily about playing - I could be practicing with no audience at all) or in a bad mood, I can't play the violin at all. Anyway,...more
Kristal
Triana Becker seems to live a life full of pain, suffering and death. And music. There is always music. Mozart, Tchaikovsky, but most importantly, her little mad German, Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony. These things bring her to meet a violin player-a ghost-whose own tragic life seems to run parallel with her own. Together, they embark on a journey that leads them through modern New Orleans, nineteenth-century Vienna and finally Rio de Janiero for their finale.

True to her reputation, Anne Rice...more
Anna
I was really surprised by some of the other reviews on here and the overall bad impression that people have had while reading this book. I really liked it. I liked how the writing style let me know that it was Anne Rice writing it, unlike the sleeping Beauty trilogy did. I liked the long descriptions and how everything was drawn out and painted for the reader. I became lost in it. I don't think Rice did the best job that she could with dialogue in this book. At times, especially near the beginni...more
Sky
Everything about this book was music... every description a series of chords, and every chapter a full orchestral song.

There was something very hypnotizing about this storyline, and there wasn't a single point in this book that gave way to how it was going to end.

If you like a love story as a sublot, you'll be disappointed, as the love story is mainly a love triangle between the main character, A ghost, and his violin. With both of them fighting over the instrument.
K.J. Bryen
I will say, the cover and the blurb are deceiving. I went into this book expecting a horror story, and found something completely different.

That being said, if you like literary fiction, I would recommend this book. It was completely unlike Anne Rice's normal horror novels. There is little to no action, and the novel is focused solely on the two main characters. It is very psychological, delving into both their pasts and revealing how two people with such tragic pasts can come together, with bot...more
Randy
I was half way into the book before I read some reviews that said it was horrible. I hadn't seen any indication of it to that point, so continued on with an open mind. I tell you...I haven't read such a book in a long, long time! Mind you, I am not a reader who requires a perfect plot that ends up all tied in a bow. Perhaps the folks who do have problems with this book. Or those whose ego is so big that they think Anne Rice needs to stick to the same theme all the time may have chosen not to lik...more
Amber
First, listen to the composers and musicians that she is writing about through out the book while you are reading the book. It enhances the depth and experience. I can see why so many dislike the book, and I must say it is far from her best work. There were many moments in the book that I felt dragged on and were quite repetitive.
That being said, there are MANY beautiful lines through out that really spoke to my heart. There is a line I thought to be so beautiful and true:
"I thought the curse if...more
Arun Divakar
I have never breezed through a book so fast, the pages just kept turning but it never left an imprint. Absolutely self-indulgent and nothing much to take away from the book either.

Maybe it's just me but the book could not sustain my interest for beyond a couple of hours. What a waste of 300 pages....
Michelle
Stupid, silly book. I listened to this audio book and I couldnt believe that she did not use the music of LEILA JOSEFOWIC, whom she had recently discovered, it might have helped. Josefowic is a fabulous violinist but the book stunk and made me not want to read any more Rice books. Dumb dumb dumb
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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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