Merrick

Merrick

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Merrick is a descendant of the gens de couleur libris, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reigned in the shadowy world where African and French - the dark and the white - intermingled. Her ancestors are the great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing - and from whom she inherits the power and the magical knowledge of a Circe. Into this exotic realm comes David Talbot - hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost-mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale - a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Maya ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2000
ISBN: 9780679454489
0679454489
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm

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Evilida
Aug 20, 2016

Too much of the narrator, not enough story.
David is the (rather creepy) narrator of this vampire's tale. David is a dirty old man in the body of an eternally young vampire, fixated on Merrick, a young witch he has known and lusted after since she was fourteen. He asserts, with little evidence, that Merrick is "good", but the story doesn't actually show her being generous or thoughtful in any way and many of her actions (i.e. stealing priceless antiquities) are ethically dubious.
Descriptions of creamy skin and large nipples glimpsed under diaphanous blouses replace actual characterization. Lestat and Louis appear but stay very much in the background.

Quimeras Jun 15, 2014

I don’t know which was more troubling: Merrick’s scheming or David’s gullibility? Even so, “Merrick” is not without the sensuous beauty that often characterizes Rice’s writing.

btmslt Mar 30, 2012

Rice gives us another winner.

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