By Anne Rice
Within the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire delusion for a late-20th-century viewers. the tale is ostensibly an easy one: having suffered a huge own loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation proprietor named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he's faced through Lestat, a charismatic and strong vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. the 2 prey on innocents, provide their "dark gift" to a tender woman, and hunt down others in their type (notably the traditional vampire Armand) in Paris. yet a precis of this tale bypasses the relevant sights of the radical. at the start, the tactic Rice selected to inform her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator right into a hugely sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human determine. moment, via getting into the adventure of an immortal personality, one raised with a deep Catholic religion, Rice used to be capable of discover profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the truth of demise, and the boundaries of human perception--in methods impossible from the point of view of a extra finite narrator.
While Rice has persisted to enquire historical past, religion, and philosophy in next Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The story of the physique Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview is still a precious masterpiece. it truly is that infrequent paintings that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound imaginative and prescient of the human .
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My sister used to play it. On summer evenings, she would sit at the keys with her back to the open French windows. And I can still remember that thin, rapid music and the vision of the swamp rising beyond her, the moss-hung cypresses floating against the sky. And there were the sounds of the swamp, a chorus of creatures, the cry of the birds. I think we loved it. It made the rosewood furniture all the more precious, the music more delicate and desirable. …Yes, we loved it. All except my brother.
Lestat was laughing, telling me callously that I would feel so different once I was a vampire that I would laugh, too. He was wrong about that. I never laugh at death, no matter how often and regularly I am the cause of it. “But let me take things in order. We had to drive up the river road until we came to open fields and leave the overseer there. We tore his coat, stole his money, and saw to it his lips were stained with liquor. I knew his wife, who lived in New Orleans, and knew the state of desperation she would suffer when the body was discovered.
When he stood before me with it, I gasped to see it was a rat. ‘Don’t be such a damned idiot,’ he said. ’ It was a huge, struggling field rat with a long tail. He held its neck so it couldn’t bite. ‘Rats can be quite nice,’ he said. And he took the rat to the wine glass, slashed its throat, and filled the glass rapidly with blood. The rat then went hurtling over the gallery railing, and Lestat held the wine glass to the candle triumphantly. ‘You may well have to live off rats from time to time, so wipe that expression off your face,’ he said.