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    This book is about the life of Lestat de Lioncourt, later known as the VampireLestat. Lestat is writing The Vampire Lestat to let the other vampires aroundthe world know that he is still around. He has been underground for a couplehundred years, but decides to come to the surface when he hears wonderful musicby radio waves. Lestat begins the story with him at twenty-one years old, in the1700s. He, his horse, and his two mastiff dogs have gone to the surroundingwoods to kill wolves that have been terrorizing his town. When he encounters thewolves, there are more than he has expected, and he loses his two dogs that heraised from puppies, his horse, and narrowly escapes with his life. He haskilled all eight wolves. When he finally reaches home, bloodied and extremelytired, he is shocked at himself, and stays in his room for days. He missed hisdogs, and he got new puppies, but it wasnt the same. He was also shocked thathe had killed eight wolves by himself. He felt almost like a murderer. Hisnear-death was also a reason for him staying closed in his room, with onlyservants coming in and out with food. Then, one evening, his mother, whom heloved dearly, the only one in his family he loved, came and spoke to him. Shetold him that she was dying. There was a consistent sharp pain in her lungs, andthe doctors had told her she wouldnt live more than a year. This deeplytroubles Lestat, because other than his mother, he really has no one in theworld he can rely on. His father does not respect his choices in life, and iscruel to Lestat, as are Lestats two brothers. His mother also has aconversation with him, which is highly unusual for her. She tells him she shouldbefriend Nicholas de Lenfent, a boy in the town about the same age as Lestat.

    After waiting over a week, Lestat finally goes down to see Nicholas at a bar,and they hit it off and become friends immediately. One night, when Nicholas andLestat were in one of Nicholass private rooms, drunk as usual, when Lestatsays something that scares him terribly. He was telling Nicholas about hismother, as he tells Nicholas everything, and he says, Were going to dieand not even know. Well never know, and all this meaningless will go on andon and on. And we wont any longer be witnesses to it. We wont have eventhat little bit of power to give in meaning in our minds. Well just be gone,dead, dead, dead without ever knowing! What he means is that when we die,therell be nothing. Hes saying that even after life is over well neverknow what we were here for. Lestat then fully understood what he was saying.

    There was no judgment day, no final explanation, no luminous moment in whichall terrible moments would be made right, all horrors redeemed. The witchesburnt at the stake would never be avenged. No one was ever going to tell usanything! This thought of the sudden end of everything about him with noanswers at all terrified him. He said Oh! and he just kept saying it overand over, all night. He was so horrified with this thought. Nicholas assuredLestat that this feeling would pass, but it never did. It always lurked in theback of his mind somewhere. News that Lestat had lost his religion reachedLestats mother. His mother spoke to him, and asked him what was the matter.

    Lestat told her as much of the truth as he could without scaring her more thanshe already was about dying. She was already so afraid of dying, and Lestat didnot want to cause her more pain. Lestats mother gave Lestat a few gold coins,the last of her savings, and told Lestat to go away to Paris, which had alwaysbeen Lestats dream. When Lestat refused to take her money; refused to leaveher, she told him that she wanted to know he was safe in Paris before she died.

    She also reminded him that there was nothing here but a father and two brotherswho dont love him and will never let him fulfill his dream, because his dreamwas to be an actor, and noble families like Lestats do not act. Lestat toldNicholas that night that they will go to Paris. Lestat will act; Nicholas willplay his violin. They do so, and Lestat and Nicholas find an apartment in Ile dola Cite`. Lestat writes his mother often to tell her how he is doing, looking onthe bright side of things for her. He gets someone to write these letters inItalian so only his mother can read them. She is a prolific reader, and hastaught herself a few languages. Both Lestat and Nicholas find jobs in a smallshabby comedy theater in Paris, the boulevard du Temple. Nicholas plays in theorchestra, and Lestat works backstage, doing menial jobs for the actors. Oneday, when an actor is sick, Lestat gets to play a decent part of Lelio, tryingto capture Flaminia’s heart. His improvisations make the audience roll inlaughter, and he is much loved. He gets hired as a full time actor, with fullpay. He is ecstatic. Nicholas, however, is disheartened. He wants to be a greatviolinist, but he doesnt think he will ever be. He started playing too latein his life. Lestat tells him that his music makes others extremely happy, andis so good and full of expression, people stop whatever they are doing to listento it. Nicholas says that if Lestat had been him, he would have been playing forthe Court by now. Lestat shrugs this off and says that we must make the best ofwhat we can with our lives. He says that anything that brings happiness is good.

    Nicholas retorts by saying there is no good in his music. He says that they arenot famous, and they are outcasts, as well. Lestat walks away, and shortlyNicholas comes to him and says he is sorry. Lestat tells Nicholas of a face hehas been seeing for over a week in the theater. There is a face that has beenwatching him. Nicholas says that everyone is watching Lestat, but Lestat saysits a different kind of watching. Nicholas casts this comment away. Lestattells Nicholas of the strangers appearance. All I see is a face. He musthe wearing something black, a cloak and even a hood. But it looks like a mask tome, the face, very white and strangely clear. I mean the lines in his face areso deep they seemed to be etched with black greasepaint. I see it for a moment.

    It veritably glows. Then when I look again, theres no one there. Yet this isan exaggeration. It is more subtle than that. The way he looks and yetThen Lestat tells Nicholas that he doesnt know how, but he gets a certainfeeling that this being knows about Lestat and the wolves. Nicholas assuresLestat it is his imagination and they both go to bed, but Lestat still believeswhat he has said. One night, someone steals Lestat from his bed. He awakes froma dream about him on the mountain with the wolves and hears a voice sayWolfkiller very softly. A figure with unmeasurable strength lifts Lestatup and bursts through the window with Lestat in his arms. They seem to fly at agreat speed over the tops of buildings. Suddenly they stop, and Lestat is throwndown. When he peers into the face, he realizes it is the face of the man he sawin the theater; the man staring at him. This creature bared its fangs and sunkthem into Lestats neck. As this happened, Lestat heard what sounded like agong. Finally, he saw Nicholas coming toward him, and he yelled at him to getaway, just before he stopped breathing and fell into unconsciousness. When heawoke, he was in a strange room and was extremely thirsty. There was a bottle ofwine in front of him, and he drank the entire thing. Next to him, a voice said,More wine. He realized it was the vampire that fed upon him the nightbefore. He drank another bottle and a half of wine, and was very drunk. He looksover at the vampire, and drops the bottle of wine he is drinking. Huge blackeyes seeming to stretch the white flesh in deep folds, the nose long and thin,and the mouth the jesters smile. There were fang teeth, just touching thecolorless lip, and the hair, a gleaming mass of black and silver growing up highfrom the white forehead and flowing down over his shoulders and his arms. Lestatis terrified by this hideous creature. The creature grabs him, and once againbites his neck and steals his blood away. Lestat tries to resist, but once thevampire bit into Lestat, Lestat is rapt and wants this to continue. Lestat knowsthen that this vampires name is Magnus. He does not know how he knows this,but he is certain of this fact. Lestat falls on the floor when he is finallyreleased, and Magnus lifts him easily with one arm and lays him on the bed.

    Lestat is gasping for air, and the old vampire tells Lestat that he is dying.

    Magnus slits his own throat and tells Lestat to drink the blood. As Lestat openshis mouth to scream, the blood drips onto his lips, and thirst overpowers him.

    He drinks and drinks until Magnus is almost dry. Then, Magnus pulls away. WhenLestat opens his eyes, he is seeing things so familiar, yet totally new to him.

    IN exchanging blood, he is made a vampire, and is now starting to see thingswith his new vampire eyes. He does not have the real sight of a vampire, butslowly is becoming one. With his new vampire eyes, he notices everything; everymovement, every detail around him. Magnus tells Lestat to follow him. As he isled down a winding stone staircase, he is enthralled by what he sees with hisnew sight. And everything I beheld absorbed me. The rough-cut stones seemedto give forth their own light, and even the rats shooting past in the dark had acurious beauty. When they reach the bottom, Magnus tells Lestat that, as avampire, he is now immortal. Also, he must drink fresh blood, and show no mercy.

    However, he must stop drinking before the victims heart stops beating,otherwise he could pay a terrible price. Further, he tells Lestat he will soonbe leaving him. Lestat grows panicked that Magnus is leaving him. He does notwant to be alone, as he has never been in his mortal life. Magnus tells Lestatto pull out a stone protruding from the wall. Much to Lestats surprise, hehad the strength to do so. Magnus tells Lestat that this is the passageway tohis treasure, which he is passing on to Lestat. Magnus then lights a fire, andsets alight a pile of wood. Magnus tells Lestat that vampires can only die bythe light of the sun, or sustaining high temperatures, like fire for extendedperiods of time. Lestat begs Magnus not to leave him alone, but Magnus proceedswith instructions. After he is burned up into ashes, Lestat is to scatter theashes so that Magnus cant reform. If he does not, Magnus will make Lestathideously ugly. When Lestat asks for a reason for all of this, Magnus statesthat he will go and find the Prince of Darkness if he exists. After Magnusjumps into the roaring flames and is slowly melted away by them, Lestat waitsuntil the fire has ceased and the ember are no longer glowing. He is on thefloor, crying, lost, and alone. As the last of his humanness leaves him, hearises and does as Magnus instructed. He holds his hand out the window and letsthe wind scatter the ashes. He then crawls into the inner room, where Magnusstreasure is. (99)BibliographyMain Characters: Lestat de Lioncourt Nicholas de Lenfent Summary: This book isabout the life of Lestat de Lioncourt, later known as the Vampire Lestat. Lestatis writing The Vampire Lestat to let the other vampires around the world knowthat he is still around. He has been underground for a couple hundred years, butdecides to come to the surface when he hears wonderful music by radio waves.

    Lestat begins the story with him at twenty-one years old, in the 1700s. He, hishorse, and his two mastiff dogs have gone to the surrounding woods to killwolves that have been terrorizing his town. When he encounters the wolves, thereare more than he has expected, and he loses his two dogs that he raised frompuppies, his horse, and narrowly escapes with his life. He has killed all eightwolves. When he finally reaches home, bloodied and extremely tired, he isshocked at himself, and stays in his room for days. He missed his dogs, and hegot new puppies, but it wasnt the same. He was also shocked that he hadkilled eight wolves by himself. He felt almost like a murderer. His near-deathwas also a reason for him staying closed in his room, with only servants comingin and out with food. Then, one evening, his mother, whom he loved dearly, theonly one in his family he loved, came and spoke to him. She told him that shewas dying. There was a consistent sharp pain in her lungs, and the doctors hadtold her she wouldnt live more than a year. This deeply troubles Lestat,because other than his mother, he really has no one in the world he can rely on.

    His father does not respect his choices in life, and is cruel to Lestat, as areLestats two brothers. His mother also has a conversation with him, which ishighly unusual for her. She tells him she should befriend Nicholas de Lenfent, aboy in the town about the same age as Lestat. After waiting over a week, Lestatfinally goes down to see Nicholas at a bar, and they hit it off and becomefriends immediately. One night, when Nicholas and Lestat were in one ofNicholass private rooms, drunk as usual, when Lestat says something thatscares him terribly. He was telling Nicholas about his mother, as he tellsNicholas everything, and he says, Were going to die and not even know.

    Well never know, and all this meaningless will go on and on and on. And wewont any longer be witnesses to it. We wont have even that little bit ofpower to give in meaning in our minds. Well just be gone, dead, dead, deadwithout ever knowing! What he means is that when we die, therell benothing. Hes saying that even after life is over well never know what wewere here for. Lestat then fully understood what he was saying. There was nojudgment day, no final explanation, no luminous moment in which all terriblemoments would be made right, all horrors redeemed. The witches burnt at thestake would never be avenged. No one was ever going to tell us anything! Thisthought of the sudden end of everything about him with no answers at allterrified him. He said Oh! and he just kept saying it over and over, allnight. He was so horrified with this thought. Nicholas assured Lestat that thisfeeling would pass, but it never did. It always lurked in the back of his mindsomewhere. News that Lestat had lost his religion reached Lestatsmother. His mother spoke to him, and asked him what was the matter. Lestat toldher as much of the truth as he could without scaring her more than she alreadywas about dying. She was already so afraid of dying, and Lestat did not want tocause her more pain. Lestats mother gave Lestat a few gold coins, the last ofher savings, and told Lestat to go away to Paris, which had always beenLestats dream. When Lestat refused to take her money; refused to leave her,she told him that she wanted to know he was safe in Paris before she died. Shealso reminded him that there was nothing here but a father and two brothers whodont love him and will never let him fulfill his dream, because his dream wasto be an actor, and noble families like Lestats do not act. Lestat toldNicholas that night that they will go to Paris. Lestat will act; Nicholas willplay his violin. They do so, and Lestat and Nicholas find an apartment in Ile dola Cite`. Lestat writes his mother often to tell her how he is doing, looking onthe bright side of things for her. He gets someone to write these letters inItalian so only his mother can read them. She is a prolific reader, and hastaught herself a few languages. Both Lestat and Nicholas find jobs in a smallshabby comedy theater in Paris, the boulevard du Temple. Nicholas plays in theorchestra, and Lestat works backstage, doing menial jobs for the actors. Oneday, when an actor is sick, Lestat gets to play a decent part of Lelio, tryingto capture Flaminia’s heart. His improvisations make the audience roll inlaughter, and he is much loved. He gets hired as a full time actor, with fullpay. He is ecstatic. Nicholas, however, is disheartened. He wants to be a greatviolinist, but he doesnt think he will ever be. He started playing too latein his life. Lestat tells him that his music makes others extremely happy, andis so good and full of expression, people stop whatever they are doing to listento it. Nicholas says that if Lestat had been him, he would have been playing forthe Court by now. Lestat shrugs this off and says that we must make the best ofwhat we can with our lives. He says that anything that brings happiness is good.

    Nicholas retorts by saying there is no good in his music. He says that they arenot famous, and they are outcasts, as well. Lestat walks away, and shortlyNicholas comes to him and says he is sorry. Lestat tells Nicholas of a face hehas been seeing for over a week in the theater. There is a face that has beenwatching him. Nicholas says that everyone is watching Lestat, but Lestat saysits a different kind of watching. Nicholas casts this comment away. Lestattells Nicholas of the strangers appearance. All I see is a face. He musthe wearing something black, a cloak and even a hood. But it looks like a mask tome, the face, very white and strangely clear. I mean the lines in his face areso deep they seemed to be etched with black greasepaint. I see it for a moment.

    It veritably glows. Then when I look again, theres no one there. Yet this isan exaggeration. It is more subtle than that. The way he looks and yetThen Lestat tells Nicholas that he doesnt know how, but he gets a certainfeeling that this being knows about Lestat and the wolves. Nicholas assuresLestat it is his imagination and they both go to bed, but Lestat still believeswhat he has said. One night, someone steals Lestat from his bed. He awakes froma dream about him on the mountain with the wolves and hears a voice sayWolfkiller very softly. A figure with unmeasurable strength lifts Lestatup and bursts through the window with Lestat in his arms. They seem to fly at agreat speed over the tops of buildings. Suddenly they stop, and Lestat is throwndown. When he peers into the face, he realizes it is the face of the man he sawin the theater; the man staring at him. This creature bared its fangs and sunkthem into Lestats neck. As this happened, Lestat heard what sounded like agong. Finally, he saw Nicholas coming toward him, and he yelled at him to getaway, just before he stopped breathing and fell into unconsciousness. When heawoke, he was in a strange room and was extremely thirsty. There was a bottle ofwine in front of him, and he drank the entire thing. Next to him, a voice said,More wine. He realized it was the vampire that fed upon him the nightbefore. He drank another bottle and a half of wine, and was very drunk. He looksover at the vampire, and drops the bottle of wine he is drinking. Huge blackeyes seeming to stretch the white flesh in deep folds, the nose long and thin,and the mouth the jesters smile. There were fang teeth, just touching thecolorless lip, and the hair, a gleaming mass of black and silver growing up highfrom the white forehead and flowing down over his shoulders and his arms. Lestatis terrified by this hideous creature. The creature grabs him, and once againbites his neck and steals his blood away. Lestat tries to resist, but once thevampire bit into Lestat, Lestat is rapt and wants this to continue. Lestat knowsthen that this vampires name is Magnus. He does not know how he knows this,but he is certain of this fact. Lestat falls on the floor when he is finallyreleased, and Magnus lifts him easily with one arm and lays him on the bed.

    Lestat is gasping for air, and the old vampire tells Lestat that he is dying.

    Magnus slits his own throat and tells Lestat to drink the blood. As Lestat openshis mouth to scream, the blood drips onto his lips, and thirst overpowers him.

    He drinks and drinks until Magnus is almost dry. Then, Magnus pulls away. WhenLestat opens his eyes, he is seeing things so familiar, yet totally new to him.

    IN exchanging blood, he is made a vampire, and is now starting to see thingswith his new vampire eyes. He does not have the real sight of a vampire, butslowly is becoming one. With his new vampire eyes, he notices everything; everymovement, every detail around him. Magnus tells Lestat to follow him. As he isled down a winding stone staircase, he is enthralled by what he sees with hisnew sight. And everything I beheld absorbed me. The rough-cut stones seemedto give forth their own light, and even the rats shooting past in the dark had acurious beauty. When they reach the bottom, Magnus tells Lestat that, as avampire, he is now immortal. Also, he must drink fresh blood, and show no mercy.

    However, he must stop drinking before the victims heart stops beating,otherwise he could pay a terrible price. Further, he tells Lestat he will soonbe leaving him. Lestat grows panicked that Magnus is leaving him. He does notwant to be alone, as he has never been in his mortal life. Magnus tells Lestatto pull out a stone protruding from the wall. Much to Lestats surprise, hehad the strength to do so. Magnus tells Lestat that this is the passageway tohis treasure, which he is passing on to Lestat. Magnus then lights a fire, andsets alight a pile of wood. Magnus tells Lestat that vampires can only die bythe light of the sun, or sustaining high temperatures, like fire for extendedperiods of time. Lestat begs Magnus not to leave him alone, but Magnus proceedswith instructions. After he is burned up into ashes, Lestat is to scatter theashes so that Magnus cant reform. If he does not, Magnus will make Lestathideously ugly. When Lestat asks for a reason for all of this, Magnus statesthat he will go and find the Prince of Darkness if he exists. After Magnusjumps into the roaring flames and is slowly melted away by them, Lestat waitsuntil the fire has ceased and the ember are no longer glowing. He is on thefloor, crying, lost, and alone. As the last of his humanness leaves him, hearises and does as Magnus instructed. He holds his hand out the window and letsthe wind scatter the ashes. He then crawls into the inner room, where Magnusstreasure is. Book Reports

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    The Vampire books are specifically written so that you can read any one first or second. With THE WITCHING HOUR trilogy, there is a wisdom to reading THE WITCHING HOUR first and then LASHER and TALTOS. The trilogy is almost something of a thriller, and the suspense will work best if you read in order."
    Who was the vampire that turned Lestat?
    Magnus was a vampire who made Lestat de Lioncourt his sole vampire fledgling as told in The Vampire Lestat. Magnus is characterized by his black hair and eyes of the same color. As a mortal, he was an alchemist.

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