Ann Rice has been on my hit list for quite a while. She feels to me like one of those authors you should experience at least once. I tried reading this one a long time ago and it didn’t take. For Christmas, one of my friends sent me her beautiful copy of the Vampire Chronicles so could give it another try as she said I must. Wanting to read the book, as well as the beauty of the book and gesture brought me to this moment… where I can tell you – yes, read Interview With The Vampire. ~Sheila
As the book begins, Daniel Malloy is set to interview the vampire named Louis. Louis is wanting to share his life story from the time he was human and the details surrounding his change as well as the time and events that followed. Daniel, nervous (as one would expect) yet excited for this opportunity, records the telling. Louis shares his life from human form, to the events surrounding his change and the time and happenings that followed.
It’s still a little hard for me to explain all that this book is even though I finished it a few days ago. I always have enjoyed reading stories that are not a cookie cutter outline of other stories and this one certainly fits the breaking the mold description. Ann Rice’s idea to write a book about a vampire sharing his life (and death) story is in my opinion, brilliant. I devoured the book.
I preferred Louis to the Vampire Lestat, not only because it is Louis’ story – but that Louis still for the most part, maintains some feelings for the preciousness of human life and does not (for the most part) use his new ways for evil. I think that helped me ease into this book, knowing that Louis still maintained somewhat of a heart and feelings.
I found the book to me enlightening. Once into it – I could not put it down. I wanted to know what would happen to all of them involved and in the end… it was somewhat sad.
My rule on spoilers is you need them if the book is less than 20 years old and not well-known you dont allow them in a review. In this case, I feel it is safe to say that I wish Louis would have found love and I hoped he would in Claudia, or in Armand, and I was saddened that as much as he wished to find others like himself, when he did, he found them wanting and for the most part – lived a life of solidarity pushing others who cared for him away.
Overall, I enjoyed this read and I am glad I finally read it. There are three books within the book I was given – The Vampire Lestat is the second and Queen of the Dammed is the third. While I am taking a break from them at the moment, I do plan to one day return to this book and read on.