Violin: A Novel by Anne Rice

by J. Spencer

As I began my search for the book I would review, I began asking for recommendations on what I should read. I then wandered to the Halls Public Library in search of Anne Rice's latest entry in the world of literature. As I stood there looking at the new releases shelf, I saw it. A hard back book with a portrait of St. Sebastian on the cover.

I had never read an Anne Rice novel so I had no idea what to expect. I began reading and realizing that Rice is such a deep writer. While Mixing incredible detailed descriptions of sight, sound, feel and smell in with a slight touch of poetry, she is able to transport her readers into another realm filled with memories and feelings of the characters portrayed in the novel. You are no longer reading a novel, but living in her tales.

In Violin, their is an unmistakable smell of death, a smell of being dead for a long period of time, the sound of music, Mozart and his angels, Beethoven and his march through the woods, and the fear of losing everything. As Stefan Stefanovsky begins playing his violin outside Triana Wolfstan's house in New Orleans the day before her husband Karl died, she falls in love with the way he can play like she never could. Triana has dreams and visions while Stefan played Tchaikovsky all night from a distance.Triana soon finds that Stefan is a ghost and came to her to drive her mad. She knows that she must resist Stefan's seduction and fight for not only her life but her sanity as well.

The reader is constantly pulled from one time to another. Rice has a way of making time transitions very clear and distinct, that way you will not get confused about where in time you actually are in. You become part of the story.

This book comes high on my list of recommendations. Don't worry about it having 289 pages, with Rice, the time goes by and you realize you have made a boring time transform into an exciting adventure filled with music, passion, and death.

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