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Description - Violin by Anne Rice

Triana's grief is deep and almost boundless. Death has marked her, and taken her husband. Now only the music in her dreams can carry her from night to night. And now, into those dreams, into those nights, comes Stefan, the restless, tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat. Stefan's musical genius will first enchant Triana, then dominate her sothat she will be drawn into the cruel past in which he lived his earthly life. Finally Triana will find herself in the realm of ghosts and spectres where an ally awaits her...Surreal, dramatic and mesmerising, Violin moves across time and continents to bring together three lost souls bound to one another through music, passion and rapture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099255154
ISBN-10: 0099255154
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 18-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Violin by Anne Rice

UK Kirkus Review » Violin can only be described as a self-confessional novel. Anne Rice and her heroine, Triana have much in common. Not only are their names similar, but the events in their lives are essentially the same. So Rice has written her autobiography, using her talent for tragic, sensual spirit figures, tortured by their state of existence, in telling the story of Triana and the death and loss that has accompanied her life. Stefan, the ghost violinist from 19th-century Vienna, is her fantasy figure, she portrays him not unlike Louis or Lestat in her Vampire Chronicles, essentially he is nothing new for Rice fans, just another one of the suffering phantoms. Despite the feeling that the story presented here has already been told many times before in all her other books, Rice still manages to revel in the dark sensuality of suffering, producing poetic images which draw the reader into her world. However, the self-indulgent tone cannot be avoided, which spoils what could have been an otherwise engaging fantasy tale. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Anne Rice in her short form, and yet dreadfully in need of a caustic edit. Wavering between dream and reality, Rice (Servant of the Bones, 1996, etc.) opens with vastly wealthy Triana Becker's heartbreak in New Orleans as her husband Karl dies of AIDS. She lies embracing Karl's corpse for two days, celebrates the love he and she had, and longs to follow him into the grave: "All the blood in our dark sweet grave is gone, gone, gone, save mine, and in our bower of earth I bleed as simply as I sigh. If blood is wanted now for any reason under God, I have enough for all of us." As the reader struggles for a footing in all this gush, Triana's mourning flows into a bitter argument with her sisters, Katrinka and Rosalind, as they ponder where their missing younger sister Faye has gone, noting that a vagabond violinist who has been pursuing Triana has also vanished. Triana has seen a lot of death: her father, her drunkard mother, and the young daughter she and her first husband, Lev, lost to cancer. When Prince Stefan Stefanovsky, the violinist in question and now a ghost, returns with his fiddle, she parries his advances in surprisingly wooden dialogue. She steals his Stradivarius and, vamping its phantom strings, is able to transport herself and Stefan back to Vienna and Beethoven, then to Venice and Paganini, and, in increasingly surreal sequences, to Rio de Janeiro and to triumphs as an untutored virtuoso, even as the Strad summons up all her dead from the beyond. Of the gilded pen that single-handedly revived the vampire genre much can be forgiven, but this soul-mush is worse than Marie Corelli's, who molded such lavender vapors into novels a century ago (The Sorrows of Satan, etc.) and is now well-forgotten. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Anne Rice

Anne Rice is the author of more than thirty internationally bestselling books including 'The Mayfair Witches' sequence, 'The Songs of the Seraphim' and, most recently, 'The Wolf Gift Chronicles'. The phenomenon that became 'The Vampire Chronicles' started with Interview with a Vampire in 1976, later made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and culminated with Blood Canticle in 2003. Prince Lestat is the first new Vampire Chronicle novel for over a decade. Anne Rice lives in California.

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