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Le lien maléfique (1990)

par Anne Rice

Séries: Saga des sorcières (1)

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Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding stoyrtelling, Anne Rice makes real a family of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philsophy, a family that is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being." Unfolds like a poisonous lotus blossom redolent with luxurious evil." THE LOS ANGELES TIMES "From the Paperback edition."… (plus d'informations)
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I bought my copy of The Witching Hour well over a decade ago, and though I thought it was incredible back then, I wasn't as thrilled by it the second read through.

Why? It's too long, and huge chunks of pages could have been cut. It was repetitive. Worst of all, quite a bit of the dialogue between the main characters, Rowan and Michael, felt contrived, forced, and unrealistic. Sometimes it went as far as to make me think I was reading the script for a soap opera. I didn't feel their deep, unending love for each other. Instead, I felt like gagging and rolling my eyes. Hot, passionate sex after just meeting doesn't equal true love forever.

While the rest of the story is classic Anne Rice, I think she got a bit out of her depth with the romance. It would have been better if she stuck to what she knows: Horror, the supernatural and paranormal, and steamy sexual encounters. I'm going to continue with the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy since it becomes more about Lasher and an interesting twist on some Pagan mythology, but, had this been the first time I had read The Witching Hour, I would probably just stick with her Vampire Chronicles. ( )
  FortifiedByBooks | Jan 5, 2021 |
This is a fast, fun read; the history of the Mayfair family was my favorite part.

There were two things for me to fall in love with in this book. First, the house....I do love a tale of a big, gorgeous old house with an unsavory history and maybe a ghost or two lurking. Secondly, the Talamasca.....after reading about the order I just wanted to become a member. I'm not sure where Anne Rice got the inspiration for the Talamasca, but I really enjoyed the whole concept of it.

As a trilogy, The Witching Hour is the best of the three. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
Very Loooooooooooooong. Good Though ( )
  Ciscomatic | Sep 26, 2020 |
I know that Ann Rice is well known for writing gothic horror novels where she has introduced an array of gruesome characters and terrific tales of dread. I've read a couple those. But this one though it is well written is just too long. ( )
  NAgis | May 6, 2020 |
After years of steering clear of her work, I recently decided to get back into reading Anne Rice, having been a fan of her books years ago. Having dispensed with three of her vampire novels, I waded into THE WITCHING HOUR, a novel which has been on my shelf for quite some time. Like THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, the saga of the Mayfair Witches was her other great series and I was interested in seeing if she could draw me in the way her adventures of Lestat and his blood drinking companions had. I noticed one big difference right off the bat: at over a thousand pages, this book was way longer than any of her vampire epics. THE WITCHING HOUR is not for the casual reader, as it requires more than the usual patience and attention, as a lot of back story and detail, and description is covered in a multi-generational story stretching from 16th Century Scotland to late 20th Century America, with stops in pre-revolutionary France, colonial Haiti, and Civil War era Louisiana along the way.

THE WITCHING HOUR can loosely be broken down into thirds, with the first section basically setting the table, as we learn about the large and very wealthy Mayfair family of New Orleans through a collection of secondary characters, including a priest and the wife of a mortician. Through their interactions with the Mayfairs, we learn of the many tragedies that have befallen members of the family, the most recent of them being the heir, Deidre, who has been catatonic for decades, ever since newborn daughter was taken from her days after her birth. In this section we also meet Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon in San Francisco, who is gifted with a form of telekinesis, and Michael Curry, a successful businessman, who after a near drowning and rescue by Rowan, has developed extra sensory powers, triggered by touch, powers which torment him so severely that he must constantly wear gloves. Both of the these characters have a powerful attraction to one another, and it gives away nothing to reveal that Rowan is Deidre’s daughter, and that Michael has deep roots in New Orleans as well. A series of events compel both of them to return to The Big Easy, and along the way, they meet Aaron Lightner, an investigator for The Talamasca, a mysterious group that documents the supernatural, an organization familiar to anyone who has read any of Rice’s vampire novels. It seems to be Lightner’s job to fill in the narrative holes in the story, and give the main characters needed information at just the right moment.

The middle of the book is one long piece of back story, as we get learn everything the Talamasca has documented on the Mayfairs down through the years. We learn that an entity has attached itself to the family, specifically to a female with apparent supernatural powers born to each generation. This entity, named Lasher, first appears to be a ghost, but he is much more than that, and though he professes love to each of his “chosen ones,” it is clear that Lasher has a goal in mind, and he is playing a very long game. We meet a lot of Mayfairs along the way: Deborah, Suzanne, Julian, Stella, Anther, Cortland, and Carlotta, all brought to life with Rice’s vivid talent for characterization. The final section of the book centers on Rowan and Michael, now back in New Orleans, and firmly ensconced in the now restored Mayfair mansion in the Garden district, preparing for a showdown with Lasher that has been centuries in coming.

I get the feeling that Rice had a lot of pent up energy after writing all those vampire books, and when she finally sat down to write something different, she really cut loose, as this book has detail and description stacked upon detail and description, from the weather to the clothes any particular character is wearing in any particular scene. Rice is known for this, and at this point in her career (the book came out in 1990), she was successful enough that editors clearly let her have her way – they did the same thing with Stephen King, but while some readers may love too much of a good writer, others just get weary under the weight of all that prose. And it is not always an easy read, though I never found it dull, there were times, especially in the middle, where it felt as if it was taking an eternity to get to the bottom of the page. From a narrative point of view, Rice does shift gears more than once, something which might seem jarring, as characters that are center stage in the first section, fade to the sidelines in the last. And while Rice does have a great knack for making the most bizarre and supernatural of creatures come to life on her pages, she never seems to get comfortable with her main character, Rowan. This is especially true with the ending of THE WITHCHING HOUR, where the story takes some real turns, and Rowan’s character makes choices that appear totally contradictory to the person we have followed for over 900 pages. The ending is a problem of another kind, as it sets things up for a sequel – this book is the first in a trilogy – and I think readers expect resolution after making their way through a book of this length, not “To be continued.” George RR Martin writes incredibly long books in his GAME OF THRONES series, but all of them manage to finish off at least a couple of pertinent plot threads at the end of each volume.

Still, I understand that there is much for many readers, and die hard Anne Rice. fans to love in THE WITHCHING HOUR. Many people are quite drawn to her lengthy descriptions, her florid detail, and her bizarre characters. Though there is nary a vampire in sight, and her main protagonist is a woman, it is obvious Rice still loves her dark and mysterious men; Lasher may be an entity, but he is nothing short of seductive in all of his appearances. Then there is Michael Curry, clearly Anne Rice’s dream hunk, who is described as “walking porn.” The author calls on all her talent for writing erotica when she lovingly describes Rowan and Michael’s love making, as this is undoubtedly one reason for the book’s popularity. I give Rice points for creating her own original mythology, not relying on the usual tropes of witchcraft fiction, and giving us something other than the voodoo priestess clichés one would expect from a novel set in New Orleans; AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN this is not.

So, to answer my own question from the opening paragraph, no, THE WITCHING HOUR did not draw me in the way one of her Lestat books did, but I will say this, both other books in the Mayfair witches trilogy, LASHER and TALTOS, are also on my book shelf, and I will read them. At least they aren’t a thousand pages. ( )
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Novela escrita por Anne Rice, y primer libro de la trilogía de "Las Brujas de Mayfair", en el que se explica el origen, tanto de la familia de brujas más antigua, (sobre la que se tenga conocimiento en el universo creado por Anne Rice), como el de las criaturas llamadas Taltos, las cuales son tratadas con mayor profundidad en el tercer libro de la saga.
 

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Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding stoyrtelling, Anne Rice makes real a family of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philsophy, a family that is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being." Unfolds like a poisonous lotus blossom redolent with luxurious evil." THE LOS ANGELES TIMES "From the Paperback edition."

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