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Review: Interview With The Vamipre by Anne Rice
« on: Tuesday 23, 2018, 07: pm »

So a little while ago I got over my hesitation about reading a book about vampires... It was worth it! This novel swept me off my feet with it's deep questions about what makes us good, what drives us and how do we live when we have lost our faith. I say faith so simply but the book tackles so many kinds of faith, faith in a people, ourselves, good bad, society, law, god and religion and I am sure that I am still missing a few! But for the purpose of easy of writing I will just say faith.

In fact I think this book is less about vampires and more about philosophical ideas about what makes us tick and are those that lose faith (whatever manner that they lose it in) really just the vampires of the world? Always taking but having nothing to give in return.

This, I think is the main idea. All the characters have lost their faith, this seems to be the defining thing that all vampires have in common. A lack of belief, or rather a loss of belief which leads to them being taken or falling for a vampire and ultimately being turned into a vampire themselves. This leads, after a period of freedom from those ideals and worldly limitations that had held them before, to them questioning themselves and in the end searching for an answer to the age old question of what is life really all about and am I evil or good?

Their lives end up being an eternal search for meaning and purpose. Something that they were robbed or when they lost their faith. 

The characters are now just as bound in their lack of faith, their lack of meaning and purpose as well as a lack of a way to know if they are good or evil, as they ever were by their human limitations. By the end of the novel a lot had happened and it sort of feels like it has defeated Louis. But isn’t that ever life? Those moments when you are brought low by the event beyond our control and the hands of others.

I feel like these novels are less, simply a good read about the secret dark places of the world but rather about life. For all the fact that they are now no longer human, the characters are everything that we are.

The moral questions that lurk in their thoughts are ones that humans have been asking since the first one had a moment to sit and have a good long think. Their reactions, there wants, love, knowledge, purpose, a reason why the things that happen, happen. Even though they are often the thing that happens!

This is not to say (for those that want a good adventure with vampires) that Interview does not have this in spades either. There is a surprising amount of action, emotional ups and downs and close calls for all involved. There are also plots, plans an politics!

All in all it is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone, even people who don't like vampires because these vampires are... different. Also the questions explored in this novel are well worth reading. It is a fascinating take on... well faith and a lack there of, make this more than just an early version of the vampire books you get today.

This is what those books wish they could be, like mortal men who wish they were superheros.
“Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can.”
― Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds

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“Error can point the way to truth, while empty-headedness can only lead to more empty-headedness or to a career in politics.”
― Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds

“When love is involved no sacrifice is too great.”
― David Eddings

“It's only a story, isn't it?"...
"Who's to say what's only a story and what's truth disguised as a story?”
― David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy

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