The Vampire Lestat book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Lestat. The vampire hero of Anne Rice's enthralling new novel. This book chronicles Lestat's own origins, as he resurfaces in the modern world, his attempt to find meaning by. The Vampire Lestat () is a vampire novel by American writer Anne Rice, and the second in her Vampire Chronicles, following Interview with the Vampire. The story is told from the point of view of Lestat as narrator, and several events in the two books appear to contradict.
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THE VAMPIRE LESTAT: BOOK 2 OF THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES [Anne Rice] on maroc-evasion.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2) and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. Anne Rice is bringing the infamous vampire Brat Prince Lestat back this October in "Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat".
One such venture to keep the village livestock safe from a pack of wolves that Lestat nearly meets his death, loosing his prized dogs and horse, but killing eight wolves.
This experience drives him into depression and he becomes a very cynical and fatalist person. In thanks for his sacrifice, the local aristocracy, and in particularly Nicolas de Lenfent, make a fur coat and boots from his wolves skin. Lestat soon befriends the violinist Nicki and the two go on philosophical drinking binges which Lestat calls their Conversation.
The two soon leave for Paris, a dream of Lestat's, at the request of Gabrielle. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.
This article is a stub. You can help The Vampire Chronicles Wiki by expanding it. Retrieved from " https: They were maintained like statues by elders and priests under the impression that if Akasha - the host of Amel, the Sacred Core - died, all vampires would die with her. As the Common Era arrived, most undead forgot.
As years passed, the story of the Divine Parents were maintained by a few elders who barely believed it themselves. Despite this, many of the self-made blood gods - vampires from Akasha's earlier progeny - remained entombed in hollowed-out trees or brick cells where they starved.
Early in the Common Era, the elder who was entrusted to keep the Parents abandoned Akasha and Enkil in the desert to wait for the sun to rise and consume them. While they remained unharmed, young vampires everywhere were destroyed by fire and even mighty elders were badly burned.
Following this, the fledgling Marius - a gifted Roman scholar - went to Egypt and retrieved the Divine Parents, making them his sacred responsibility as the new keeper. At some point in time, Maharet returned to her village on Mount Carmel in the guise of a distant family member. She returned periodically over the course of many centuries to keep a record of her descendants, all the way down to Jesse Reeves - one of the last of the Great Family.
Rice's vampires differ in many ways from their traditional counterparts such as Dracula. With the exceptions of sunlight and flames, they are unaffected by crucifixes, garlic, a stake through the heart, or holy water. Ancient immortals are almost completely unaffected by the sun. The key trait of Rice's vampires is that they are unusually emotional and sensual, prone to aesthetic thinking and sexual deviancy.
This lends well to artistic pursuits such as painting, writing, and singing; all of which are refined by their eidetic memory and heightened beauty. Beyond their refined physical features, Rice's vampires are unique in that their appearance is more statue-like than human.
Their pupils are luminous while in the dark and their nails appear more like glass. Being undead, their skin is likewise pallid as well as unusually smooth. Additionally, upon being sired, the vampire's body is essentially frozen in the state in which it died. Their hair and nails cease to grow; if they are cut, they will quickly grow back. The undead also possess no bodily fluids other than blood, as they are purged following death.
While virtually all other internal bodily functions expire, Rice's vampires still possess a noticeable heartbeat - albeit considerably slower than that of a living heart. This ensures normal blood circulation and also synchronizes with that of their fledglings while turning them. When vampires enter a state of hibernation, their hearts cease to beat and they enter into a desiccated state in which their bodies become skeletal and dry from lack of blood flow.
Blood starvation may also trigger this. Removing their heart from their bodies will also kill them. Despite these differences, Rice's undead do share some similarities with mainstream vampire fiction.
They are supernaturally strong and can move faster than the eye can see. Their senses are heightened and they will heal from any injury short of beheading and even reattach limbs.
The act of feeding is highly sexualized in Rice's novels. Vampire both crave and need blood to sustain their unlife. While they can feed on animals, human blood is more nourishing.
As they age, they're able to resist the urge more to the point where elders feed only for pleasure. As with most vampire fiction, all of the undead were originally human.
To sire a fledgling, a maker must feed upon a victim to the point of death. The attacker must then offer their own blood for the mortal to drink. After their body expires, they resurrect as a newborn immortal.
Fledglings retain all the memories and mannerisms they had in life, however these usually fade or change over time as they acclimate to their new existence. Many young vampires experience existential crises or crippling depression as they learn to cope with their isolated nature.
Within Rice's mythology, vampires possess certain paranormal abilities known as gifts. For younger undead, these gifts usually manifest in subtle ways. For older immortals - particularly ancient ones - these manifest as potent displays of both magic and their own inhuman natures. As vampires age, they become both stronger as well as more unnatural and statuesque in their appearance.
Their demeanor usually becomes more tampered and calculating, even moreso as their more potent gifts manifest; which further distances them from their former human sentiments. The series creates its own terminology: In ancient times vampires formed a religion-like cult , and in the Middle Ages, believing themselves cursed, dwelt in catacombs under cemeteries in covens which emphasized darkness and their own cursed state. Vampires are largely solitary; Lestat's "family" of 80 years is described as unusually long.
There is no organized society beyond covens, religious bodies, and small groups from time to time. While a few vampires seem to find a way to cope with immortality, most capitulate to self-destructive anger or depression and do not survive beyond some decades or a few centuries.
This is described in the series by the saying that vampires "go into the fire or go into history"—the few that survive far longer become legendary or semi-mythical characters. The most ancient vampires, a thousand or more years old, are known colloquially as "Children of the Millennia". In his life as a vampire, Lestat spends decades trying to find any vampire who is more than a few hundred years old, as a way to learn where they all came from and what their vampiric status means, a quest that eventually leads him to the year-old Marius.
Louis de Pointe du Lac tells a young reporter the story of how he had been made a vampire in 18th-century New Orleans by Lestat de Lioncourt. In creating and sheltering the child vampire Claudia , Lestat and Louis had unknowingly set tragedy in motion. This book chronicles Lestat's own origins, as he resurfaces in the modern world, his attempt to find meaning by exposing himself to humanity in the guise of a rock star, his search when younger for Marius, culminating with his accidental awakening of Akasha , the ancient Egyptian queen and first vampire, who has been immobile for millennia and is being safeguarded by Marius.
Lestat has awakened Akasha, the first of all vampires, who has in her thousands of years of immobility, contrived an idealised way to achieve world peace, by killing almost all males and all other vampires that she can destroy. She is destroyed by Mekare, who has awakened and returned after years to fulfil a promise to destroy Akasha at the moment she poses the greatest threat.
A thief switches bodies with him and runs off, and Lestat enlists David Talbot , leader of the Talamasca and one of his only remaining friends, to help him retrieve it. In Memnoch the Devil , Lestat meets the eponymous demon and is faced with a theological personal crisis. Rice's New Tales of the Vampires —'s Pandora and 's Vittorio the Vampire —do not feature Lestat at all, instead telling the stories of the eponymous peripheral vampires, the Patrician Pandora from Rome in the 1st century B.
The origins of Marius de Romanus are explored in 's Blood and Gold , and Blackwood Farm tells the story of young Tarquin Blackwood as he enlists Lestat and Merrick to help him banish a spirit named Goblin. Prince Lestat rejoins the remaining vampires a decade later as Lestat faces pressure to lead them.
The series primarily follows the antihero Lestat, and by extension the many humans and vampires whose lives he has touched in his own long existence. Rice also explores the origins of vampires far more ancient than the so-called "brat prince". In Rice called her vampires a "metaphor for lost souls", adding that "they were metaphors for us The homoerotic overtones of The Vampire Chronicles are also well-documented.
On the homoerotic content of my novels: I can only say what I have said many times—that no form of love between consenting individuals appears wrong to me.
I see bisexuality as power. When I write I have no gender. It is difficult for me to see the characters in terms of gender. I have written individuals who can fall in love with men and women.
All this feels extremely natural to me. Undoubtedly, there is a deep protest in me against the Roman Catholic attitude toward sexuality.
My characters have always been transcending gender I think the main issue with me is love, not gender. I have never understood the great prejudice against gay people in our society I don't know why I see the world that way, but I know that it's very much a point with me, that we should not be bound by prejudices where gender is concerned.
In his book Anne Rice and Sexual Politics: The Early Novels , James R.
Keller asserts that the publication and success of Rice's Vampire Chronicles reinforced the "widely recognized parallel between the queer and the vampire. In August , Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the motion picture rights to the entire Vampire Chronicles series, with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed to helm the potential film franchise.
In November , Rice took to her Facebook account to announce that the rights to her novels were reverted to her despite plans for a reboot of the series.
Rice and her son Christopher will be developing and executive producing a potential television series based on the novels. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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