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Vittorio, The Vampire With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of GoldEducated in the Florence of Cosimo de Medici, trained in knighthood at his father s mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy powerIn the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies As he sets out in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby Grail, increasingly enchanted and confused by his love for the mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war and political intrigueAgainst a backdrop of the wonders both sacred and profane and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence I probably got to page 43 50, and then started to jump around in the book, and decided to read the end of the book Well the first couple chapters I was enjoying, when the character was talking about his about his life, but when his family was slaughtered, he goes out finding the Ursela, who had put the attack on his family, he finds her, is ready to take his revenge, blah blah blah, just to be made into a vampire, then falls in love with her OKAY to me that is just weird, you fell in love with I probably got to page 43 50, and then started to jump around in the book, and decided to read the end of the book Well the first couple chapters I was enjoying, when the character was talking about his about his life, but when his family was slaughtered, he goes out finding the Ursela, who had put the attack on his family, he finds her, is ready to take his revenge, blah blah blah, just to be made into a vampire, then falls in love with her OKAY to me that is just weird, you fell in love with the same person who had slaughtered your family, yeah rather hard to believe, well it is for me anyway Anne Rice obviously did her research for the book dating it back to Florence in the 1400 s The book itself was lacking in plot, and foreshadowing, probably a few other things as well I understand that the character was supposed to be in conflict with himself for many different reason s, but to me they seemed rather contradictory despite her efforts in writing the character contains spoilers Okay, so here s the thing Interview with the Vampire, Rice s debut novel and at the same time the first novel in the now two digit numbered Chronicles of the vampires series, was published in 1976, but written in 1973, following the tragic passing away of Rice s young daughter Michele of leukemia in 1972 It has since then gone on to become an international bestseller and literary classic even outside of its genre, as well as being an integral part in founding a new under contains spoilers Okay, so here s the thing Interview with the Vampire, Rice s debut novel and at the same time the first novel in the now two digit numbered Chronicles of the vampires series, was published in 1976, but written in 1973, following the tragic passing away of Rice s young daughter Michele of leukemia in 1972 It has since then gone on to become an international bestseller and literary classic even outside of its genre, as well as being an integral part in founding a new understanding of the vampire myth It s largely regarded as Rice s magnum opus and though it s not my favourite novel of hers that would be The Vampire Armand due to an excessive case of nostalgia , I agree that it is her best This is partly due to how tightly Interview is tied to Rice s personal life and how genuine all of what it presents therefore is.Rice suffered from depression after the traumatic death of her daughter and turned to rewriting an old short story of hers Interview is clearly very much rooted in Rice s own emotional situation, with poor Claudia, the little girl that was never going to live, and the emotional rift and absence of mutual understanding between her parents, Louis and Lestat, with Louis feeling perpetually resentful and wary to the point of incomprehension of his sire This is of course a direct connection to the reality of Anne and Stan Rice s marital situation and a common occurence in a couple who lost their child Rice has admitted to her husband being the inspiration behind Lestat and the picture Interview paints of him is not a very fond one Lestat is in a way the villain of the majority of Interview.Fast forward several years, to 1985 and the publication in the second book of the Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat As one might gleam from the title, it is Lestat s turn to tell his tale now and boy do the contradictions pile up Lestat Rice excuses most of his behaviour in Interview by either giving background information that undermines Louis impressions or flat out denying certain events even happened Lestat developes into the lovable, fun, childish little rascal we all know and love and that he would continue to portray in the following books Audible and overly dramatic sigh here.See, this right here is one of the central problems of the Chronicles and the reason reading half of it pisses the shit out of me Rice relies here on the principle of the unreliable narrator which, you know Fine I m not opposed to Louis maybe getting some things wrong and of course there is always the fact that different viewpoints will inevitably end up with different conclusions The problem is just how much she takes advantage of it The Vampire Lestat absolves the titular character of basically every single thing and it s fucking cheap Interview loses at least half of its impact knowing the contants of Lestat Anne and Stan Rice ended up being married for 41 years, right up to Stan s death, so things between them had obviously improved after Interview, especially with the birth of their son Christopher in 1978 Lestat was written by a much happier Anne Rice than Interview was And that is of course wonderful and I am genuinely happy for them However, it also means that Lestat, being based on Stan as mentioned, underwent a huge and very much canon breaking change of character in what kind of reads like Rice retroactively apologizing to her husband for the less than fond portrayal in Interview.The problem with this is a simple fact Lestat, despite being based on him, is not Stan Rice He is a fictional creation, bound to an established world and character and the fact that the Rice s marriage was improving does not mean that what Anne Rice wrote in Interview is somehow less valid Despite it being a key factor to Interview s overall success, reality robbed Lestat and the character in itself in the following books of authenticity Which is why I kind of really dislike the character now lol.Okay, so what exactly does this have to do with Vittorio, a book centering around a vampire that has never interacted with the main cast Look up See those four stars Yes, I actually really enjoyed Vittorio, despite it being seemingly mostly despised by other people Why Well, I actually truly believe Rice has a great talent for portraying the desperation of being and provoking thought and Vittorio is a great example for this Vittorio is the only vampire in the entirety of the Chronicles that I can think of who actually has time to struggle with the idea of what it means to become immortal, to have knowledge of your impending rebirth and to have that pain be inflicted by someone he loved, protected, trusted except for David but we never get his perspective on things and he gets over it in like a second and when he knows he s done for he fucking despises it I liked Vittorio as a character He s brash, fervent, entirely believable as a teenager and not actually very smart I also like that 95 % of this book chronicles the last week of his human life, mostly taking up by him thinking about revenge and exacting said revenge against the vampires who killed his family It s different, fresh We don t actually see anything of his 500 years of being a vampire because his humanity is so muchimportant to him In a way Vittorio is not actually about vampires at all, rather the radiance of human life haha, get it If not read the book.Vittorio ends up with both the girl and immortality and he is miserable The book ends like this And Vittorio actually lets Ursula survive, stays with her and is still with her in the present, a fact I found remarkably surprising because the book had me so convinced he was going to kill her Their companionship is also probably one of if not the most longlasting in the entire series Again, Vittorio breaks out of by now well known patterns of the Chronicles.All of this would not have worked as well had the character of Ursula not been as compelling as she turned out to be and therefore Vittorio falling for her not been as convincing The central axis of the tale hinges upon the one scene where he can t bring himself to kill her defenseless self because of his firm belief in the existence of her soul he turns out to be right and it is this so altruistic belief which initiates his ultimate fall Real kudos to Rice here because she managed to get me very invested in Ursula s plight, despite the minimal amount of screentime she has Especially fascinating to follow was the process of her unravelling, going from the initial fearsome and highly erotic monster to her reveal as a basically clue and helpless 200 year old little girl Even when human Vittorio turns out to be the dominant part of the couple The power play aspect of their relationship makes it one of theremarkable of the series.There is of course stuff that I wasn t too fond of as well, such as the cardboard cutout characters of the other vampires and the weird pseudo rape somehere near the beginning of the book as well as the ever popular Hey, you have never heard of me but I totally exist and I m super powerful too lol you gotta ask yourself just how many vampires Akasha just simply forgot , but these ultimately did not impact my enjoyment of the book very much The subject of faith and heavenly beings is also handled a lot better than in the god awful Memnoch the Devil because it is less of a Surprise The Devil and God are real and Lestat was at the Crucifixion of Christ punch in the stomach andof a quiet introduction of a concept that you also have the choice to write off as Vittorio s hallucinations.Okay to summarize, fuck Lestat s sudden 180 change of character and fuck Lestat in general and I like this book because he s not in it That it I m afraid I m finished with Anne Rice after following her since the first there s only so much angst you can take before depression sets in Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading.Wondering about your place in the world is all very well, but mo That it I m afraid I m finished with Anne Rice after following her since the first there s only so much angst you can take before depression sets in Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading.Wondering about your place in the world is all very well, but most of us grow out of it in our teens Maybe that s why these Vampires do littlethan gaze at their own navels they are emotionally stunted Too much new gothic lounging and not enough plot Tiresome so far Vittorio is a weenie.

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