N+1 Book Review March 2009
Anne Rice. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Knopf. November 2005.
Anne Rice. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. Knopf. March 2008.
Anne Rice. Called out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession. Knopf. October 2008.
Anne Rice wrote Interview With a Vampire, one of the best-selling books in history, shortly after the death of her 5-year-old daughter. Rice's Catholic faith had been waning since college, but the loss of her child destroyed whatever remained. In earnest and terrified prose, the novel dramatizes her plunge into atheism. Rice's dead daughter takes form in the novel as an immortal child named Claudia who has blond curls, a doll face, and fangs. Stranded in prepubescence, she can never have sex and has purged herself of all sentimental beliefs. She is the youngest of an order of vampires who know "the most fantastical truth of all: that there is no meaning to any of this!"
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