Belinda

Belinda

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by Anne Rice, Anne Rampling
     
 

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Belinda is the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. But to Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year-old illustrator of children's books, Belinda is a forbidden passion. She's sweet sixteen - and the most seductive woman he's ever known.

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Belinda is the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. But to Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year-old illustrator of children's books, Belinda is a forbidden passion. She's sweet sixteen - and the most seductive woman he's ever known.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Easily one of the most natural storytellers on the modern scene...Belinda [is] certainly her most controversial to date.
Village Voice
Another Rice classic...fascinating...compelling!
Rolling Stone
Rice is a fearless writer. Call her the It Girl of contemporary fiction. Whatever the venue, she's never too squeamish to reach out and touch it...
LA Herald Examiner
Erotic...rich...a lusty contemporary novel.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Under the pseudonym of Rampling, Anne Rice (The Vampire Lestat wrote the erotic confection Exit to Eden ; this novel, too, has a highly sensual aura. Jeremy Walker, a middle-aged children's book author renowned for his beautiful, old-fashioned illustrations, is captivated by a 16-year-old woman-child who tells him nothing of her past when she moves into his San Francisco home. Obsessed by Belinda's smoky sexuality, the paintings in which he celebrates her beauty are an erotic and sometimes violent extension of Jeremy's books. When the artist discovers that his mysterious lover is the missing daughter of a famed film star, a scandalous story of anger and betrayal uncoils, and Belinda abruptly disappears. To bring her back, Jeremy makes his portraits public, unleashing a media circus and police investigation that conspire to separate them forever. The concluding chapters are badly marred by a heavy dose of saccharine, but its rivetingly seductive, gothic overtones lend a fine, eerie flavor to scenes stretching from brash Hollywood deals to the darkness of an enshrined house in New Orleans.
Library Journal
When 44-year-old Jeremy Walker beds luscious 16-year-old runaway Belinda, he risks more than legal charges. For Walker is a children's author of such repute that his booksall about little girlsmake adult bestseller lists and spawn TV series and movies. Belinda, experienced beyond her years, satisfies his occasional yen for young girls and more, as his lover, model, and muse; his paintings of her are the best he's done. But keeping this work, and their relationship, hidden is complicated by Belinda's intimate ties (obvious early on) to top show biz figures. In this novel written under a pseudonym by Anne Rice (The Vampire Lestat), Walker's first-person narrative is erotic and strong with bursts of artistic passion, but it's bogged down with detailed background exposition and resolution. And art and truth, as moral issues, take a back seat to eroticism. Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.
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Praise for Belinda:

“An erotic landscape where the sensual delights are dark edged.”—The Village Voice

“Anne Rice is a fearless writer. Call her the It Girl of contemporary fiction. Whatever the venue, she’s never too squeamish to reach out and touch it.”—Rolling Stone
 
“Erotic…rich…a lusty contemporary novel.”—L.A. Herald Examiner
 
“Eloquent…lusty…a wry and richly textured diary of ‘forbidden love.’ A compelling blend of romance and mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Easily one of the most natural storytellers on the modern scene…Belinda [is] certainly her most controversial to date.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515093551
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Belinda:

“An erotic landscape where the sensual delights are dark edged.”—The Village Voice

“Anne Rice is a fearless writer. Call her the It Girl of contemporary fiction. Whatever the venue, she’s never too squeamish to reach out and touch it.”—Rolling Stone
 
“Erotic…rich…a lusty contemporary novel.”—L.A. Herald Examiner
 
“Eloquent…lusty…a wry and richly textured diary of ‘forbidden love.’ A compelling blend of romance and mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Easily one of the most natural storytellers on the modern scene…Belinda [is] certainly her most controversial to date.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 

Meet the Author

Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family. She is the author of many bestselling books. She is perhaps best known for her incredibly successful Vampire ChroniclesInterview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Dammed, The Tale of the Body Thief (published in Penguin) and Memnoch the Devil. Her other books include the Mayfair witches sequence The Witching Hour, Lasher (both published in Penguin) and Taltos; the novels Cry to Heaven, The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (both published in Penguin), The Servant of the Bones and, recently, Pandora, the first part of her New Tales of the Vampires series.

She lived for many years in San Francisco but has now moved back to her native New Orleans where she lives with her husband, poet and university professor Stan Rice, and their son.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
Education:
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
Website:
http://www.annerice.com

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Belinda 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first erotica I have ever read. I'm so glad that I did. It is one of my favorite Anne Rice novel. She has used her excellent writing in this beautiful, thrilling erotic romance between Jeremy a 44 years old children author/ artist & Belinda 16 years old savvy girl. Which starts off hot & steamy, then comes it emotional roller coaster of problems, that keep you on your toes and the ending is sweet. The tension through out the story is extremely captivating. I must admit that Rice has used extreme intensity in Belinda. So I would recommend anyone to read it because anyone would love this great novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very well-written book. It's captivating and enthralling. I loved the characters and I loved how Belinda took over Jeremy's character. My favorite thing about reading Ann Rice novels is the familiarity of New Orleans and how detailed she is with the city. I love New Orleans and know where many of the streets and sights that she writes about are. Anyhow, the only thing that disappointed me about this novel was the ending. To me it felt rushed and there was no longer the detail and emotion in the last couple of chapters that was in the entire novel. Aside from that I felt it was a great novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this wonderful novel. It was beautifully written. I rate this book 2 thumbs up! Hell it should be made into a movie. As long if it sticks with the book. If you haven't read 'Belinda'yet. You should it excellent. I am so glad that my girl got me this book as a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice has out done herself again in this very awesome novel. This has been my first erotica I've ever read. I am so glad that I enjoyed it very much. The story was so passionate, captivating & thrilling. I would recommend it to anyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another awesome book of erotica by Ann Rice. Her writing is believable and captivating. Unlike so much of the erotica that is out there, this book will not disappoint you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read everything that Anne Rice has ever published and I think this is one of her best. Extremely erotic, captivating and tantalizing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely my favorite from Anne Rice. Actually, this is probably my favorite ...period!!! I could not put it down and I didn't want the book to end. I fell in love with the characters... Belinda, Jeremy, G.G., Susan, Alex, Blair, all of them! Rice did an excellent job with them all. I recommend this book to absolutely ANYONE!!! Well, anyone 16 or older.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is very well written. It's the second book under the Anne Rampling name by Anne Rice. The book is very mysterious and full of tension. It's a real page-turner. You won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend it.
Jakabooboo More than 1 year ago
Please offer this as an ebook!!!
lilyML More than 1 year ago
Reading reviews from BN and Amazon I was led to believe that "Belinda" was an erotica book. Boy was I wrong! There was absolutely no eroticism in this book. I felt like the book was written by a nun. The book is also rather disturbing because it talks about a relationship between an over 40-year-old male with a barely 16-year-old female. Jeremy insisted on painting Belinda while she was wearing very childish nightgowns and then he would make love to her. It was kiddie porn without the visuals--thank goodness for that! Pure trash, don't waste your money
wtf_mica More than 1 year ago
i had a hard time reading this.
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