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Memnoch o Demónio (The Vampire Chronicles #5)

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  53,629 ratings  ·  1,075 reviews
Estamos em Nova Iorque.
A cidade está coberta por um manto de neve.
No meio dessa brancura, Lestat procura Dora, a bela e carismática filha de um barão da droga, a mulher que desperta nele sentimentos de ternura como nunca outra mortal o fizera antes. Dividido entre as suas paixões de vampiro e o amor avassalador que sente por Dora, é a seguir confrontado com o misterioso...more
Capa Mole, 424 pages
Published 1998 by Europa-América (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jennifer
Memnoch the Devil was nothing like what I was expecting as the next installment of The Vampire Chronicles. Absolutely drenched in theological argument, Memonch the Devil is not for anyone who dislikes religion in their fiction.

Only two things happened in this entire book. Lestat stalked a victim for the first third of the book. He then spent the last two thirds of the book talking to the devil (and occasionally God). It was written as what appeared to be an extremely long-winded interview (think...more
Misty
Mar 27, 2008 Misty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys fantasy and is not a die-hard Christian.
This is one of Anne Rice's best works in my opinion. It is part of the vampire series, but you should be able to understand & enjoy the book without reading the others.
The vampire, Lestat, is taken to heaven, hell, and back in time to creation and during the Christ era by Memnoch, the devil. The story told is one very different than the Bible, but it's good. I love Anne Rice's books because she tells the story in a way that it could be true. Anyways, it's a good book, but if you get upset by...more
Allison
At the time that I read this book I was an agnostic, pagan, ex-catholic, confused about religion person. Anne Rice's technique and passion is so persuasive that I was a true believer after reading this book. And this was before she converted back to Catholicism! She is just so powerful, her narrative technique is, I want to say, loving towards her reader. I think her love for the characters she's created makes that happen. Anyway, this one is a must for followers of the chronicles and fans of Le...more
Stephen
5.0 stars. Except for The Queen of the Damned, this may be my favorite installment of the Vampire Chronicles. I loved the descriptions of both heaven and hell and the arguments between Lestat and Memnoch regarding the nature of good and evil. Highly Recommended!!!
Gregory Spiker
In Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice has allowed herself to indulge in an orgy of purple prose. We hear so much about the lush greenery of the early Earth that we begin to forget what the story is about. And because of this, not much actually happens in the story. If this book were made into a film, in fact, it would probably be no more than 20 minutes long.

Aside from that, this isn't much of a "vampire chronicle." The purpose of this book seems not to be to tell a tale of the vampires, but only to f...more
Carlos Lavín
It would be a bit pointless to be reading Rice's books without having a notion of her journey through being catholic->agnostic->catholic->bitching about catholic church. Since last book of the series, The Tale of the Body Thief, Rice seems to be trying to write down and refine her thoughts on the way she perceives the catholics' religion, God, the Devil, and the moral obligations underlined by them. In the previous book this is somehow a secondary topic (barely touching the idea of the...more
Sakura Koneko
This was the last Anne Rice book that I ever personally plan to read, because after reading this I went into a three month fit of depression.

The events in this book were just so powerful and terrible in some cases that my mind couldn't take it. While I'm not going to say that I wouldn't recommend the book to people, I would at least put up the warning that a person may want to be weary about it if they aren't of any particular religion.

Also, by the end of the book, Lestat had changed in many wa...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Memnoch the Devil takes Lestat on an extremely long tour of the past, creation, angels, evolution, the passion of Christ and more – because he has a job proposition for the Brat Prince




Memnoch the Devil, also known as “the Bible according to Anne Rice” or “Anne Rice’s theological musings”. Perhaps even “Memnoch lectures you endlessly while Lestat practices his melodrama”.

What it isn’t, is much of a story or a plot. For a story or a plot to happen, well, things have to happen. Things do not happen...more
Dev
I deeply admired "Interview' w/its rich writing style of place and period, and its dispassionate portrayal of characters like Claudia, who after being a 6 year old vampire for decades has become a steely-eyed predator(ahem instead of a 100 year old vampire vegan w/an insatiable desire to...sit through high school english again and again). The Vampire Lestat was equally good w/a wonderful shift in perspective that gave a great new spin to the character an events that transpired. The books that fo...more
Lisa
Nov 20, 2009 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
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Wendy
I "L O V E D" this book. Very intriguing with its ideas and topics, highly unusual and controversial to say the least. In short, an awesome story of the vampire chronicles that just continues to mesmerize its readers. Same series, totally different direction. A. Rice is a talented author. Hard to put this down.
Wendie Collins
I like this book for the ideas in it and of course the writing style of the author. The interpretation of heaven, hell, religion etc. It's very fascinating and offers a great perspective on the "what if's" in the universe. I was horrified at the end until I read the next book in the series. It is truly remarkable what Anne Rice can do. The ending almost requires you to pick up the next in the series and begin it immediately. This book could be read by someone who is not familiar with the vampire...more
Joe
Phfft. Flarp. Argghh. This book was so stupid. I was really looking forward to reading the entire Vampire series especially after I really enjoyed "Tale of the Body Thief" but this one is just terrible. 3/4 of the book is a monologue by Memnoch which is so boring and parochial; he just keeps repeating himself. It's like Anne Rice forgot how to write. Lestat does almost nothing the whole book. Notable hilarious exception involves a woman's menstrual blood (which is mentioned about 6 times through...more
Maiju
this book was annoying, easy to read so I finished it, but all about god and christianity and in a literal and totally unmysterious and unspiritual way... who cares about that stuff, and why is this female author incapable of creating any female characters with any depth, and why is god literally a humanaoid male who literally created mankind in his image, give me a break!
Rita
Seriously. Anne Rice was a Born Again Christian when she wrote this book. It shows. Too bad. Lestat as a wannabee saint? Please.
Arun Divakar
When a writer pens down a plot based on the evergreen bestselling book, people are bound to sit up and take notice. This I suppose was Anne Rice's idea behind Memnoch the Devil. I haven't read even one of the Vampire Chronicles and the only other Anne Rice book I read to date was a load of crap named 'Violin'. Memnoch surprised me with its vast scope but starting off with an intriguing plot thread, it soon degenerated to a very flat and predictable ending.

Consider this, the devil taking along a...more
Bruce M
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Nicole Marie
Finishing this book was a chore. A sad realization considering how much I loved Anne Rice's previous books, but boy am I happy to be done with this one.

My reading experience can be summarized the following way: Yay! Lestat!, ok I'm bored, holy mother of vodka this is dull, should I drink? maybe if I had a drink this would be easier, oh well- heaven sounds interesting, yup still bored, ARE YOU KDDING ME?, boooooooooreeeeeeeeeeed, OMFG EW and IS IT OVER YET?

There is virtually no narration. Instead...more
Amanda
Those who know me, know that I am not a religious fanatic by any means. Would it be ridiculous to adopt my beliefs in theology from this Anne Rice novel?? This book delves deep into the idea of creationism as well as the eternal struggle between God & the devil since the beginning of time. All of the ideas revealed here were very intriguing and totally believable, despite their grandeur. Perhaps that is why I was so engrossed by the story.

I was especially drawn in by the introduction of the...more
Alice Lee
I want to say that I loved this book...it has so many of my favorite Anne Rice elements! The subject is also one close and dear to my heart - romantic reinterpretation of the devil. And in truth, I loved the ideas Anne presented, I loved the story Memnoch told, and I would have loved the novel itself if it wasn't so horribly written. Her penmanship slipped dramatically from the third (Queen of the Damned) of the installment to the fourth (Tale of the Body Thief, which, while not masterfully craf...more
M0rningstar
By rights, I should really like this book. I enjoyed Interview's smart storytelling and lush characters, and Memnoch's themes are the sort of thing I like to debate about drunkenly for hours on end.

The initial 70% of the book is a wreckage of infodumps, repetition, lethargic pacing, and the character motivation equivalent of weak dishwater. It does fare better after, as Memnoch hits his stride. It's essentially a humanist take on the Devil, with a Miltonian kick for good measure. Not original,...more
Adam
I couldn't get past the second chapter. I liked the stories in books 1 and 2. Rice introduced so many colorful characters, who dealt with vampirism in different ways, that I was sure that she had a pile of good stories in wait. Unfortunately, when I picked up this book (thinking it was #3, not #5) I saw that she had taken the series in a different direction. Rather than show us how different humans adapted to the vampire life, she built up an increasing grand and complicated plot-line that has t...more
Megan Anderson
Awful.

I almost didn’t finish the book, which is saying something because I ALWAYS soldier through books even if I don’t like them. I have enjoyed every previous book in the Vampire Chronicles. I probably wouldn’t have finished this one if I hadn’t brought it along with me during my 3 hour blood glucose test. The beginning of the book is fine, but the majority of the book is a monologue by Memnoch on Creationism. It isn’t that Rice’s take on the creation of the heavens and the earth and the battl...more
Tamcamry
• This is the kind of book that if it isn’t done exactly correct then it doesn’t make any sense at the end. I guess Lestat is used by the devil and all that, but how does that fit in with anything that was shone to Lestat? Even if it is all lies, the question is why? If Memnoch or God or anyone needed to get the veil of Veronica out to the public there were many easier and less time consuming way to do it. Why waste all this time and answer no questions? Again, it just doesn’t make much sense. R...more
Donna
I'm an Anne Rice junkie.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way I have to say that this is one of my favorite books ever. Rice sends her complex anti-hero Lestat to hell, and heaven and straight into the throat of Christ on His way to Golgotha as Memnoch the Devil seeks to seduce him into seeing things his way.
Rice's imagery and language is as always incredibly lush and rich but it's the raging philosophical debate throughout that leaves the reader in about the same mind state that Lestat is...more
Ashley Wilson
This book was the worst book of this series. It took me over a year to finish reading. I didn't want to stop reading it because I knew that the information in it was crucial to reading the next books in the series so it took me over a year to finish it and start back on the track with the rest of the series.

I do not like the religious aspect of this book at all. Lestat is not a religious character. He is supposed to be a bad-ass vampire stronger than the rest but this book paints a picture of hi...more
Kassandra
I read this book roughly 11 or 12 years ago. I can't remember exactly, but I will be honest: 95% of this book confused the shit out of me. That pretty much sums up my one star review. Also this book was the beginning of Lestat being absent for the rest of the series (or most of the rest...)

Either way, I loved each book up until this point. I LOVED Lestat. The next thing I knew there was Jesus and Memnoch and I just didn't get it and it was over.

Don't worry Anne, you will always have a special pl...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: In Anne Rice's extraordinary novel, the Vampire Lestat--outsides, canny monster, hero-wanderer--is at last offered the chance to be redeemed.He is brought into direct confrontation with both God and the Devil, and into the land of Death.We are in New York. The city is blanketed in snow. Through the whiteness Lestat is searching for Dora, the beautiful and charismatic daughter of a drug lord, the woman who arouses Lestat's tenderness as no mortal ever has.While torn between his vampire p...more
Carrie Slager
I really didn’t see why so many people were upset about this novel until I actually read it a few times. Now, however, I can see why it has been deemed offensive—or even blasphemous—and why Anne Rice, now a born-again Christian has repudiated her Vampire Chronicles. Especially since this one. Memnoch the Devil doesn’t tell the conventional church-approved story of Satan’s fall from heaven. No, it is Satan, or Memnoch, who tells his side of the story.

From a theological perspective, this is a very...more
E.p.
This is a theology book disguised as a vampire book. Anne Rice has always used vampires as surrogate "others" to describe very human feelings, desires, and questions; likewise she has always used vampires as a way to explore religion and the meaning of life. This installment of the vampire chronicles is over the line though.

Clearly the themes of vital life-force and what a soul is are closely tied with the vampire legend as she has developed it. However, this book doesn't give a clear explanati...more
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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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