Interview with the Vampire
By: Anne Rice
# of pages: 342
Series: The Vampire Chronicles (#1)
This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires – a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.
Review: At the beginning of October I traveled to my cousin’s wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana. I couldn’t resist bringing Interview with the Vampire along. I watched the movie many years ago, but I’d never read the book. It was awesome being able to see places in the city that I had just read about in the book. However, the book was way too wordy for me to thoroughly enjoy.
Louis tells the story of how he was a young man enjoying his life on a Louisiana plantation. After an unexpected tragedy, he meets Lestat, who turns him into a vampire. Louis is confused about his new way of life and has no one except Lestat to tell him how he must and should behave. Louis soon learns that he seems to have retained much of his humanity, unlike his creator. Later, Lestat makes a vampire of Claudia, a young girl. Claudia and Louis are close companions and try to figure out how to navigate life in their immortal bodies.
The concept of the book is really neat and I would like to know what happens to the present day Louis who is being interviewed, but like I said before, the book is very wordy. Sometimes the action was hard to follow because of the way it was told in a very thoughtful, eloquent, lengthy way. Apparently some people really love this book, but I found it hard to keep picking up to read more.
Why I gave this book 3/5 stars: Neat concept (especially in the 70s before the vampire theme was popular), inspiring character in Louis, way too wordy and meandering.