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Cry to Heaven (1982)

by Anne Rice

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In a sweeping saga of music and vengeance, the acclaimed author of The Vampire Chronicles draws readers into eighteenth-century Italy, bringing to life the decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius. This is the story of the castrati, the exquisite and otherworldly sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices win the adulation of royal courts and grand opera houses throughout Europe. These men are revered as idols--and, at the same time, scorned for all they are not.   Praise for Anne Rice and Cry to Heaven   "Daring and imaginative . . . [Anne] Rice seems like nothing less than a magician: It is a pure and uncanny talent that can give a voice to monsters and angels both."--The New York Times Book Review   "To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinnning through the mind of time."--San Francisco Chronicle   "If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream."--The Boston Globe   "Rice is eerily good at making the impossible seem self-evident."--Time… (more)
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  5083mitzi | Jan 1, 2022 |
I would never argue with anyone who gave Cry to Heaven a low rating. To me, personally, it was a game changer in queer romance and a gateway to many other wonderful, strange things. Dive head in if you want to get lost in Rice's lush writing without reading a 20 book series or engaging in her personal religious torment. ( )
  RNCoble | Mar 24, 2021 |
Anne Rice has stated she wants book reviewers to be required to post with their full, real name. In response, I am removing all my reviews of her novels as I am unable and unwilling to do this. I am no longer comfortable reading or reviewing her work. Thank you.
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
This book is addicting. The story in itself is amazing but there are times when it's a bit too detailed or something. Thought the whole book, something kept me reading. It wasn't anything spectacular but the amazing way of writing in this book just kept me hooked until the end. I can't really describe it but there is something that won't let you stop reading until you finish the book. I'm serious! ( )
  AllAndAnyBooks | Sep 17, 2020 |
It's been so long since I read this that I can't really remember the details.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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This book is dedicated with love to Stan Rice and Victoria Wilson.
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Guido Maffeo was castrated when he was six years old and sent to study with the finest singing masters in Naples.
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In a sweeping saga of music and vengeance, the acclaimed author of The Vampire Chronicles draws readers into eighteenth-century Italy, bringing to life the decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius. This is the story of the castrati, the exquisite and otherworldly sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices win the adulation of royal courts and grand opera houses throughout Europe. These men are revered as idols--and, at the same time, scorned for all they are not.   Praise for Anne Rice and Cry to Heaven   "Daring and imaginative . . . [Anne] Rice seems like nothing less than a magician: It is a pure and uncanny talent that can give a voice to monsters and angels both."--The New York Times Book Review   "To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinnning through the mind of time."--San Francisco Chronicle   "If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream."--The Boston Globe   "Rice is eerily good at making the impossible seem self-evident."--Time

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