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by Anne Rice

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Anne Rice's Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.

At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of


Anne Rice's Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.

At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of madness. But Triana sets out to resist Stefan, and the struggle thrusts them both into a terrifying supernatural realm.

Violin flows abundant with the history, the drama, and the romantic intensity that have become synonymous with Anne Rice at her incomparable best.

Anne Rice is the author of eighteen books. She lives in New Orleans.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
Sit back and enjoy. . .The story flows like blood.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Recurrent memories of past tragedies conjure up a violin-playing ghost in Rice's tortured, surely semi-autobiographical tale of love and grief. Narrator Triana has long accused herself of complicity in the deaths of her alcoholic mother and cancer-ridden daughter, but when her husband dies, too, an angry ghost comes to compound her guilt. In life, a 19th-century Viennese aristocrat who studied the violin with Beethoven, Stefan Stefanovsky, torments Triana with her lack of talent, then transports her into his own past, where she witnesses his death and hears performances by Beethoven and Paganini. Returning to the present, Triana makes a pilgrimage to Brazil where she believes her daughter may be reincarnated. Although Rice tends to group her novels into series, this ghost story bears little relationship to last year's Servant of the Bones. Its themes are darker, its ghost more seductive and its events clearly more personal. With so many parallels between the novel's details and what Rice has revealed of her own lifefrom her battles with weight to her Brazilian odysseyone almost wonders whether Rice has seen something like the apparition that her heroine describes. However much of the tale is pure invention, a new lyricismin keeping with the music that mocks and ultimately consoles her for her mortalitybrings Triana's strong, textured voice almost audibly to life.
Library Journal
Don't look for vampires or witches in Rice's latest, though it is still haunted by malevolent spirits. A young woman who longs to become a great violinist is at first abetted and then dangerously controlled by the ghost of a Russian aristocrat.
Kirkus Reviews
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.

From the Publisher
"Sit back and enjoy. . . . The story flows like blood--the life-giving, life-celebrating kind."
--San Francisco Chronicle

--The Baltimore Sun

"[AN] ABSORBING NOVEL THAT TAKES THE READER ON A SUSPENSEFUL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, PLACE, AND MIND . . . The instrument of the title belongs to a ghost, the brooding 19th-century aristocrat Stefan, who ventures to 20th-century New Orleans to brew up mischief and seek release from his torment. Told from the point of view of Triana, the humane woman drawn into Stefan's nefarious plot, the tale charts two lives touched by tragedy and alienation. . . . A rich, detailed literary symphony."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

--The Dallas Morning News

--USA Today

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Meet the Author

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

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Brief Biography

Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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Violin 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Anne Rice fan, I think I have read just about everything she has published and I typically love them. This book....was painful to get through, I was very disappointed and depressed when I finished this. Anne drones on and on about death and the clutches of despair, perhaps this book was written around the time her husband passed and it was a very bleak time in her life. Not very memorable except that it was monotonous and repetitive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice's novel, Violin, tells the story of a woman in New Orleans who is trying to deal with her past and present visions of death. Triana Becker is constantly thinking of the deaths of family and friends that she has endured throughout her life, when she is visited by a mysterious violinist. The dark mood and emotional imagery of life and memories of death mesmerizes the reader. The life of a woman dealing with death and also a new-found happiness is affected by music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a horror thrillet or frightening book its period and historical
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disappointing reading! I am a huge fan of Ann Rice. I have loved all her books with the exception of this one. I could barely finish it, in fact I even skipped some pages due to the fact that it was worthless reading... kept putting me to sleep too, but then again this is my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot understand how this book has been given any more than 3 stars by anyone. It is odd, boring, not at all frightening or enthralling. Bitter disapointment (for the money I wasted on the hard cover!!) Not worth the shipping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil                                                                              anyways....* I know you say its a blessing and I agree that this is... but theres a problem... he's not Ariel's father... * looks down 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book, and maybe I'm all wet, but I don't think so. This is not about a ghost or a violin or other such silly trivia, nor is is about death. This is a book about a female artist who longs to pursue her art, but because of responsibilities, an alcoholic mother, younger sisters who depend on her, a sick father, an ill child and finally a husband who dies of AIDS, she spends her whole life putting aside her yearning to be a musician, always longing, always feeling guilty that she should have done more for the people who depended on her. When her husband dies of AIDS, a violinist out of the past comes to her and tries to give her a final chance. He gave his life for his art, and he is there to teach her the sacrifices she must make to become a great artist. Because she is no longer young and cannot go through the years of rigorous training that she needs, she steals his violin and takes on the ghost's power and talent and becomes famous. He, of course, having made the ultimate sacrifice for his own talent eventually wants his violin back, and when she feels strong enough she returns it to him, and then wonders if she still has the power and the talent to enthrall with her art. This is about female guilt when women are torn between their duties and their pursuit of art, each demand being as strong as the other. It's a wonderful book. And Triana finally wins the struggle in her 50s, even when the ghosts from her past come to to beg and plead and accuse her of being selfish. I can't quite believe that not one of the reviewers here 'got it'. It was a FABULOUS read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I take private lessons. Along with gymnaatics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed! This book is a struggle  to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea baeee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dun care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was impressed by this story. Enthralling and profound. 
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Lil                                                   yeah... Still.. I'm sorry. I'm sorry to everyone... If Dylan or Kyle come one while I'm gone. DONT LET ANYONE TELL THEM! or come here please... please im begging you i will be back soon. like 45 ish minutes* sighs* thanks Adara.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil                                                                                         8 looks at you and stares at you* Don't tell m to calm down Adara.... please.* she cries*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil to Adara                                                    you don't have to sit in the corner... 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil                                                                       I don't know.... Kyle and Dylan are like good friends...and... I'm just a jerk... 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil                                                                                            * shakes her head* i ish it was that easy... Avery this is from Ariel's dad. i'm married to Ariel's dad... not this one's*points at her stomach*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil                                                                                      Looks at the flooor * yeah... I did...and what makes me even more like a dumba.ss* holds out her left hand with a diamond ring on it*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lil here... 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and love the Vampire Chronicles my favorite being " Memnoch the Devil" i love the conflict between what is universally accepted about Christianity and the possibility of the truth being totally different. This book however is totally different from the feel of Lestat and the others. I spent a good deal of the time feeling conflicted about how to relate to Stephan. At times I pitied him and at others I hated him. He felt small and spitefull. It skips alot like almost like the author didnt complete a thought before another pops into place. I wont say I hated it but I definately expected more. My recomendation on this book would be to skip it and read"Cry to Heaven" if you are looking to read a period piece that is not about vampires and if the supetnatural is your thing then definately read the Vampire Chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a boring read, I was not very impressed with the plot. The entire book was weird, like a cheap knock off of the supernatural genre. I had to force myself to finish it, hoping it would get better. Was not impressed with the writer's style either...bland.