Vampire Armand, The

Rating: 
5
The Vampire Armand
Review by Harriet Klausner, submitted on 10-Nov-1998

THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice
Knopf October 1998; $26.95 hardcover;
ISBN 0-679-45447-0
Highly Recommended

Lestat lies in a state of either permanent death or in some sort of comatose condition as Vampires from around the world watch. David Talbot asks Armand about his life. Armand begins his personal tale with his childhood in Kiev and ultimately fifteenth century Constantinople. He was a mortal sold as a boy toy to Marius, a Venetian painter, who happened to be a vampire.

Soon after that, he receives the gift of the dark. His haven within Marius' palazzo is destroyed by fellow vampires, killing in the name of God. However, Armand escapes and his escapades continue in nineteenth century Paris and twentieth century New Orleans.

Novels like THE VAMPIRE ARMAND are what made and continues to make Anne Rice a household name. The author, who subtly switches the tone when Armand is converted to Vampirism and anytime a new era is introduced, brilliantly describes Armand's story. This is Ms. Rice's best novel in several years as she stays with what she does best: the eternal dilemma of the vampire between his/her immortality and his/her soul. The grandmaster has returned to reclaim her throne as the leading light (dark?) of the vampire tale.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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