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The Feast of All Saints

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In the days before the Civil War, there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern histroy. Though descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. Called the Free People of Color, this dazzling historical novel chronicles the lives of four of them—men and women caught perilously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain.

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Overview

In the days before the Civil War, there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern histroy. Though descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. Called the Free People of Color, this dazzling historical novel chronicles the lives of four of them—men and women caught perilously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345334534
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 169,731
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of nineteen books. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, the poet and painter Stan Rice.

About the Reader

Courtney B. Vance has been nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in Fences and Six Degrees of Separation.  He appeared in the films The Hunt for Red October and Hamburger Hill, and on television in Law and Order and thirtysomething.

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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
    2. Website:

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    one of the best books of that era

    very good book i love ann rice i read every book she has written this is one of the best after the vampire series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this book back in the eighties and was really surprised! Not only can she write good vampire books, witch books but her history makes you stop and think about the past and get a clearer view of other races within our country and how they lived and loved. A real eye opener as to how others lived 100 years ago!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    Not what I excpected

    I think this book was one of the weakest yet that I've read so far I think that Anne Rice should've stuck with the vampire chornicles I love those books, and also the mayfair witches those are good books too. But seriously I do recomend that people should read the vampire chronicles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Excellent Read

    If you love to read historical fiction, this book an amazing portrait of 'gens de couleur'--free people of color in New Orleans during the first part of the 19th Century. The story is so fascinating about race, blood lines, and caste systems. Ms. Rice does a superior job in presenting interesting historical facts peppered with riveting dialogue and human emotions. I am captivated by the story and its characters. While it took a bit for me to get interested, it is well worth your time. It so unlike other novels about race in America, that you won't want to miss this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    Beautiful Story

    I absolutely adored this book. It was one of the first books in a long time that I truly felt like I was apart of. I read that others thought that there were many boring pockets throughout the book but I disagree. Those segments are where Rice paints a picture with words so that you can visualize the story as it happens. Once you get used to her detailed style, it makes other authors seem like they are taking shortcuts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    Good, But You Have To Stick With It

    After the disappointing reception of Interview With The Vampire, Anne Rice turned to historical novels, looking for better success. While Feast Of All Saints was better received by the critics, sales lagged. Anne Rice was in a tough spot. Because of this, she turned back to vampires. I don't know why she hasn't done more historical novels. This was a very good book. You see a totally different side of black people in pre-civil war Louisiana. I was surprised. But again, Anne Rice makes us work a little bit. But the work is worth it. You'll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Disappointing

    First of all, let me say that I'm a huge Anne Rice Fan, my favorite being Cry to Heaven and my unequivocal worse being this book, The Feast of All Saints. I'm just glad I got this book at the library instead of shelling out $8.50 for this mess. This was my seventh Anne Rice book, and by now I can prepare myself for her style: boring pockets present in an otherwise good novel. This book was one huge boring pocket, with no redeeming qualities. It seems that once you take away all the eroticism and fantasy elements that she uses in all her other stories, you have a very overwrought and convoluted tale that would be an editor's worse nightmare. I only got halfway through it, and even then, it took forever, because usually I don't like giving up on novels, but this one needed the plug pulled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Feast For All Saints Is Well Worth Your Time

    I have never really gotten into any of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicle novels. The hype surrounding her writing did inspire me to go and see the movie adaptations of her work. Eventually, I read Exit To Eden and enjoyed it fairly well. I stumbled upon the home dvd of Feast Of All Saints at the local video store. I was not familiar with this Anne Rice novel and curiousity led me to rent the movie. Although the acting was good, like all mini-series, you realize that your viewing a 'cliff notes' version of the book. However, it's worth viewing for the historical value alone. The story of the gens de couleur(Free People of Color) is one that is captivating and profound. The storyline resonated so deeply within me, that I went out the next day, after viewing the dvd,and purchased the book. I'd like to discover all of the intricate details that the movie did not cover. I am currently reading the novel and enjoying it even more than Exit to Eden. Hats-off to the cast of the mini-series and to Anne Rice for writing a wonderful novel on an extrodinary topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    Excellent Book in a Different Genre

    I have read all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and enjoyed most of them, but this was a wonderful departure from the supernatural genre. Feast of All Saints is a beautifully written, captivating historical novel through which I learned much about the gens de colour in Post-War New Orleans. Being of mixed heritage myself, I found the book shed much light on the lives of multiracial individuals during a very volatile time. Anne does what she does best in devlopoing her characters in such a way to draw the reader into their lives, making it hard to put the book down. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Anne Rice's excellent writing and her wonderful narrative skills looking for a change from the Vampire/Witches genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Great and beautiful tale of black heritage.

    I love this book and could not stop reading it.It only took me two days to completely read the book and then the movie came out on showtime and it still kept my interest.It is a great history lesson of creole heritage.It showed society what blacks had to go through just to survive in this world.I know that this is just a story written by Ms.Rice but their is truth in regards to the placage and the creole families and Haiti.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    not much of a book reader

    i don't read to many books ,,but this just caught my attention. It's like once you start it's hard to stop. It made me want to read all her books. She even inpired me to continue writing again and I thought it was not possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Pale in comparison

    my 1st anne rice book was 'interview with the vampire' and i loved it. so i went on to her other books and eventually came upon this one. after reading a bit i realised i couldn't get into the story as well as her others like the vampire chronicles and the mayfair witches trilogy. this book is boring for all i can say. it's a different genre from her other books. well, as i don't like to give up on a book half-way, i finished reading it but it took me ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    wow

    I'm not into reading books but when I picked this up and began reading it I was hooked. This book is perfect for people who have trouble finding a good book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    I never thought I would get hooked to Anne Rice

    Well, I read this book this past summer. I was always intrigued by this book for some reason and when I purchased it, I actually stopped reading another book just to read this one. At first it was kind of drawn out, but once I was pulled into the story and able to relate to these characters, I was enthralled. The best thing about this book was that the reader could not only feel as if he or she were a part of this time, but they could actually feel the intense emotions of these characters. From the disappointment that Marcel felt when he found out the truth of his "false promises" and Anna Bella's undying love for him, to the aftermath of Marie's horrid rape and even Cecile's long-held and bitter hatred for her only REAL daughter, one actually felt what these characters were feeling. My favorite characters were Marcel for his headstrong approach to life; Anna Bella for her commitment to Marcel and growing passion; Marie for her bravery and undying love for Richard, regardless of what others said; Richard because he was one of the few that actually put up with Marcel's shenanigans; Dolly Rose because she did not care what people thought of her or her decisions; and Christophe because he enjoyed what he did and his love for the children and his race. All in all, the book was one of the best that I have read in a long time. Anne Rice I have one word for you: BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    EXCEPTIONAL

    As a mulatto woman, this booked pulled me right in. Excellent research + Excellent writer = Exceptional book. Kudos to Anne Rice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Wonderful!!

    The first time I read this book I was 13. I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book. It is beautiful. The characters are so real. It was like reliving the life of my great-great- great grandmother or something. One of the best books I have read so far. A Gathering of Old Men is also great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    Awesome

    I too saw the film on Showtime, but missed most of it. From the little that I did see it was outstanding.I am creole and native american,for me it was like having my ancestors in the room with me. So Thank You Anne Rice for sharing your knowledge of my people, before this iwas never interested in my heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2002

    WOW:)

    This book is absolutely flawless and i love every word of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    One of the Best

    This is one of the best period books I've ever read. The intricate weaking of plots and subplots and the complex characters will keep you captivated! Good job Anne!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    It was traveling back to a time that I never knew about

    I can not express in words how much i love this book. Once I started reading I could not stop. The characters were so real and the intensity of the story shows me why I read. Anne Rice is known mostly for her Vampire Chronicles and tales of that nature and that was why I hesitated to read any of her work, but after seeing the Showtime movie I knew I had to get it. Since then I have read her Vampire Chronicles. I have relized that it is not so much about the content as it is about the diction and literature. she is a brilliant writer and I comend her for her works. If you haven't read this then you are missing out!

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