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Violin

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  16,410 Ratings  ·  513 Reviews
Anne Rice's Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.
At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of madness. But Tri
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published June 7th 1999 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published 1997)
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Mar 29, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
arthael
Oct 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, I bought it with more than 70& discount. I still wish I could get my money back. haha.
April Simmons
Jul 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most boring book I've ever read. I'd recommend vcr manuals over this.
Melanie
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jamie
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently on a mission to read Anne Rice's entire body of work, and I've been doing so for a couple months. I worked through the Vampire books first, then the Mayfair witches, and moved on to her erotic novels (the Sleeping Beauty books, Exit to Eden). After that came the singletons: Cry to Heaven, Servant of the Bones, Ramses the Damned, etc. I'm sure there's more, this is just off the top of my head. The last ones I read were the two books written in first person about the life of Jesus Ch ...more
Dottie
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Fiona
Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alexis Chateau
Oct 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Casey
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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¡Desconcertante!
Me ha encantado en este libro la capacidad de Rice de sacarte sentimientos, sensaciones....
No es una historia típica que tenga principio, trama y final.
Al principio puede liar un poco, por la falta de costumbre, y no saber si se está en la realidad o en los sueños o visiones y no siguen un orden cronológico los acontecimientos, cosa que ya se avisa al principio del texto.
En muchas ocasiones turbador. Hay veces que he cerrados sus páginas sintiendo un poco de agobio o ansiedad. En
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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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“¡Es tan fácil desear la muerte cuando se está sano! Es muy sencillo enamorarse de la muerte, como lo he estado yo toda mi vida, igual que he visto a sus adoradores más fieles venirse abajo en los últimos instantes, gritar porque deseaban seguir viviendo, como si los velos oscuros, los lirios, el olor de las velas y las grandiosas promesas de la tumba no significaran nada.

Ya lo sabía, pero siempre deseé estar muerta. Era una forma de seguir viviendo.”
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