Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Violin by Anne Rice

Violin (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Anne Rice

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,266132,825 (3.05)23
Authors:Anne Rice
Info:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Collections:Fiction/Literature/Plays/Essays, Read (Personal Collection)
Tags:Horror, Ghosts, Supernatural

Work details

Violin by Anne Rice (1997)




Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 23 mentions

English (12)  Swedish (1)  All languages (13)
Showing 1-5 of 12 (next | show all)
Amazing. Stunning. A masterpiece.
This book moved me to a different place, time. A feeling. An emotion.
Somehow she created music and art out of words in a way few others have ever been able to do.
I can not say enough how much I enjoyed this book. A true gem in Anne Rice's collection, this book has not been given enough attention by the world. Yet. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Easily, the worst book I have ever read. ( )
2 vote Asillie | May 27, 2011 |
Not her best. Actually, most of her other books are better than this one. ( )
  nevusmom | Oct 15, 2010 |
Violin was a disappointed. I hate to say it, but it was. ( )
  Anagarika-Sean | Sep 25, 2010 |
If you've never read a book of Anne Rice don't start with this! The first few volumes of the Vampire Chronicles are classic... but unfortunately this book never will. The most of the book is simply boring (except the past sequences) written in a way too sentimental baroquesqe periods. Just for fans! ( )
  TheCrow2 | Sep 9, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 12 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
What I seek to do here perhaps cannot be done in words.
Last words
Information from the Swedish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679433023, Hardcover)

If neatness counts for you, don't count on Anne Rice's musical-ghost novel Violin. It is an eruption of the author's personal demons, as messy as the monster bursting from that poor fellow's chest in the movie Alien. Like Rice, the heroine Triana lives in New Orleans, mourns a dead young daughter and a drunken mother, and is subject to uncanny visions. A violin-virtuoso ghost named Stefan time-trips and globetrots with Triana, taunting her for her inability to play his Stradivarius--which echoes composer Salieri's jealousy in Amadeus and possibly Rice's jealousy of her successful poet husband Stan Rice in the years before her own florid, lurid writing made her famous. The storytelling here is too abstract, but the almost certainly autobiographical emotions could not be more visceral. At one point, the narrator exclaims, "Shame, blame, maim, pain, vain!" But Rice's dip in the acid bath of memory was not in vain--she packs the pain of a lifetime into 289 pages.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:17 -0400)

(see all 8 descriptions)

A woman from New Orleans steals a violin from a ghost and becomes the musician she always wanted, finding herself acclaimed on two continents. Part fantasy, part reality.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
639 avail.
49 wanted
3 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.05)
0.5 3
1 43
1.5 3
2 67
2.5 9
3 115
3.5 10
4 65
4.5 2
5 58


Two editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,104,819 books! | Top bar: Always visible