Book review – Interview with the vampire (Anne Rice)

After quite a while I read a book that I could not put down. A really well written book – if you have not read it and have some time in hand, you should definitely read it. This book was recommended to me by a friend at work. When I picked up the book, the librarian also remarked that it is a really good book.

The book is a story narrated by a vampire called Louis telling us about his life over a period of 200 years. The book depicts him as a really sensitive dude who has serious problems killing people – he cannot get over the emotion of his human-self. It differs greatly from any other fantasy book you will read about vampires/dracula etc. The book talks quite a bit about his version of good and evil, how he can’t decide for a very long time whether immortality is good or bad and a lot of other interesting things.

The book starts out by describing how another vampire called Lestat creates him and then goes on to talk about his first kill, how he is manipulated by Lestat etc.  He goes in search of other vampires to find out more about himself and other truths about vampires. The book also describes his interaction with other vampires and how at the end of the book he is tired of immortality and feels that it is not all it is credited to be.

The author does a really good job of describing the various places Louis visits and how he changes with time. The book talks a lot about ancient New Orleans and Paris, the various building, the settings etc. She also spends an inordinate amount of time describing the kinds of clothes people and vampires wear over the period of time. This looks like a common theme for all female authors :).

I would not call it a typical fantasy book – you should read it even if you don’t read fantasy. I am definitely getting the second part in the series. Each book is a complete book by itself so if you want, you can just read this book. The book was also made into a movie – a pretty famous one from what I hear. Don’t do the typical thing and watch the movie.

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One Comment on “Book review – Interview with the vampire (Anne Rice)”

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