- By Anne Rice

Cry to Heaven

  • Title: Cry to Heaven
  • Author: Anne Rice
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Cry to Heaven In this mesmerizing novel the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth century castra

    In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men whoIn this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men who lived as idols, concealing their pain as they were adored as angels, yet shunned as half men.As we are drawn into their dark and luminous story, as the crowds of Venetians, Neopolitans, and Romans, noblemen and peasants, musicians, prelates, princes, saints, and intriguers swirl around them, Anne Rice brings us into the sweep of eighteenth century Italian life, into the decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius It is a novel that only Anne Rice could have written, taking us into a heartbreaking and enchanting moment in history, a time of great ambition and great suffering a tale that challenges our deepest images of the masculine and the feminine To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time San Francisco Chronicle Dazzling in its darknessSpellbinding The New York TimesFrom the Paperback edition.

    1 thought on “Cry to Heaven

    1. This book was the first time I really understood what a brave writer Anne Rice is. I had read many of her books and appreciated her style, but this book took me to a dark place that I dreaded going and figured she couldn't possibly gobut she went there, just as she promised. When I met her, this is the book I had her sign (even though she was touring in support of a different book).

    2. My husband is a big fan of Anne Rice's early works, but he won't read this one, for obvious reasons (just read the first sentence of the book and you'll understand). I thought the whole book was wonderful; I love stories of transformations, and the main character changes so much from the beginning to the end that he becomes a completely different person. Heck, it's almost as if he becomes a different species. Anne Rice spends a lot of time describing the gorgeous exotic world of the Venetian cas [...]

    3. I don't even have words to begin to describe the sorrow and poignancy of "Cry to Heaven". The novel's protagonist is Tonio, who is unwillingly castrated in a series of events riddled with deceit and betrayal. Enraged and tormented, at first Tonio refuses his fate, but as the novel progresses he is slowly transformed into an ultimately triumphant figure. Lush, sensual prose and an ending that will hold you by the throat, this is a book that will stay with you long, long after it is read.

    4. Cry to Heaven was the second Anne Rice novel I ever read. The subject matter is intense (sometimes graphic) from PAGE ONE; yet too fascinating to put down! What I did NOT now until way after the fact, is Anne's work in this well written book is historically correct and highly researched. Among other things, Cry to Heaven is a story of life-long revenge! It's steeped in rich historicity of 18th Century Opera, the Church, the history of the "Castrati" -- and some other sexuality explicit, yet appa [...]

    5. In my opinion, Cry to Heaven is definitely one of Anne Rice's finest books. Beautifully written in the lush, gorgeous prose for which Rice is famous, Cry to Heaven is rich in detail and presents a fascinating look at the lives of Italy's 18th century castrati. The protagonist, Tonio is extremely well-drawn and memorable. His struggles to come to terms with both his life as a whole and his sexuality in particular are nothing less than soul-wrenching. I found the erotic scenes, criticized by some [...]

    6. Oh my God!!! Castrati!!!Unless the idea of men who have had their balls cut off having sex will sustain you for however many hundred pages this book was, you will find it deadly boring. And the writing was painful, too. It made me wish for a good castration to take my mind off the pain of her stilted dialog.

    7. “Read sometimes for the story . . . Don't be like the book snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words - the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers that won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.” ― Stephen King I came across the above quote on another author's page. When I read it, it struck me immediately that it summed up my experience with latest book I'd read. It has been a long time since I've read a book that [...]

    8. One of the most boring books I've ever read. It's a dreadful soap opera about sex and revenge, involving a bunch of dull, melodramatic assholes. Most of it is completely predictable, and while you're waiting for the obvious to happen, you have to trudge through chapter after chapter of angsty whining in infuriatingly purple prose. Anne Rice offers no twists, no surprises. There is plenty of sex, which might have been fun if Rice didn't describe it all in ridiculous euphemisms or equate rough sex [...]

    9. I found "Cry to Heaven" to be as rich, baroque and sensual as the previous works, I've read, by Anne Rice. [The Mayfair witch series] A young boy was brutally castrated because of a struggle for power in a Venetian household of the 18th century. After a life-time of study and vocal training, he eventually becomes a star of the opera in Rome. The public is entranced by his remarkable voice and stunning good looks. He can play both male and female roles with authenticity, and is larger than life o [...]

    10. Cry to Heaven is a gem! I couldn't believe that this subject would interest me in the way that it did. Although I read Rice's early works, I soon grew tired of the Vampire series. I wasn't going to give her another chance until my niece swore to me that I'd enjoy this book. She said it was one of her favorite books! I read it to be more "connected" to her. What a great decision. I flew through the book! It is amazing. What a story. I passed it on to my husband and he, too, was riveted. It is mor [...]

    11. DNF on page 170 - Hmmm i just have a hard time reading this, the premise sounds interesting but it's not catching up my attention enough to read it instead of read the other book or play videogames, and it being a paperback is making it 300% harder so nope. Atm i need a book toreallycapture me.

    12. Anne Rice es por mucho una de mis escritoras favoritas, y con este libro me dejó claro que eso no va a cambiar.Un grito al cielo nos lleva al mundo de los Castrati, hombres que eran sometidos a la castración a corta edad para conservar sus voces intactas. La historia nos narra la vida de Tonio Treschi, un patricio veneciano poseedor de una voz magnífica; y de Guido, un maestro de música Castrato perturbado por su pasado y por lo que el azar le arrebató. El destino juega con ambos quitándol [...]

    13. The blurb on the back of the book:“IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ITALY THE CASTRATI RECREATED HEAVEN ON EARTH.Their exquisite voices soured above the glittering world of courtiers and nobility. Those who achieved fame were showered with riches and sexual favours. But their success also had a terrible sadnessNIO, of noble birth, is the victim of a vengeful brother. Disinherited and forced to join the ranks of the castrati, he plans his revenge while striving to become the greatest of all singersIDO, sa [...]

    14. I absolutely adored this one. When Anne Rice is good, she is really good (of course when she's bad, she's pretty deplorable).Cry to Heaven is first and foremost, an intensely romantic novel. And Anne Rice is really best at crafting deeply romantic, decadent, excessively beautiful, homosexuality-laden erotica, which is exactly what this is, along with pedophilic elements. Her prose is deliberate, ponderous and Gothic (as if taking after Mary Shelley's style), the plot is very dramatic and, well, [...]

    15. I have read some of the other reviews, and while I agree that this book is long, perhaps too long and drawn out for some, I deeply appreciate Rice's detail and elaborate descriptions of people, places, and emotions. It is through the richness of her prose that the full experience of each character is explored. I have spent a lot of time in Italy, have lived in Venice, so perhaps that has something to do with my fascination for this story. But it's more than that. The suffering, fortitude, and tr [...]

    16. Beautifully written book. This was a long book and I did get little restless towards the end. (view spoiler)[ My main interest was finally getting to read Tonio's revenge against his father but it took forever to get to that part, and by then I had grown tired of all the opera talk. The romance between Tonio and Cristina also did not work for me. I didn't have the investement in them like I did with Tonio and Guido. This probably would have been a 5 stars if the dull character of Cristina had no [...]

    17. A sensual tale of revenge. I wanted to read a book set in Venice and I remembered I enjoyed this novel many years ago. This book recreates Italy (Venice ambience is done beautifully, but also Naples and Rome) in the 18th century really well, the historical aspects are spot on, the costumes, the music and visual arts, the places, the atmosphere all vividly described. There’s a lot more sex than I remembered, a lot of drama (fit for the Opera, hehe) but it should have been edited to a shorter ve [...]

    18. I enjoyed this book though at many points it read too much like a romance novel for my taste. If you can't stand "his throbbing member" lines then the plot will be lost on you, particularly if you're turned off by her sometimes S&M overtones. Also the plot was a bit predictable and at over 500 pages this novel could have been a much more worthwhile read had it been considerably shorter. That said, Rice's 18th Century Italy is a vivid world and it is an engaging work. I'd recommend her "Feast [...]

    19. I have read this excellent intense novel more than once over the years. Our hero, Tonio Treschi is forcibly castrated as a teenager robbing him of his birthright and preserving his beautiful voice as one of the castrati."In all my life I have never wooed and suffered as I have over you. But there is love and love, and I am spent trying to separate the one from the other."- Guido to Tonio

    20. Pirmasis stiprus įspūdis skaitant šią knygą buvo nuostaba - viskas ganėtinai atvira ir netikėta, ypač kai tekstas išvydo pasaulį 1982 m. Istorija prasideda nuo vaiko, Gvido, kuris pagaliau pajunta kitą gyvenimo pusę, ne tik skurdą, tačiau susiduria su dar vienu pasauliu. Vaikas iškastruojamas ir patenka į mokyklą, kurioje bus mokomas muzikos, o svarbiausia dainavimo, juk tik dėl balso jis ir buvo "parduotas". Lygiagrečiai šiai istorijai stebime ir venecijiečio Tonijaus gyven [...]

    21. Ho hum. I read this book because I like historical fiction and opera, so I thought it would be right up my alley. I was wrong. In reading this book, I was reminded of why I did not make it far in trying to read any of The Vampire Chronicles. Characters are one-dimensional and unsympathetic, prose is corny, and the book is way too long. The main character, Tonio, goes through a horrific ordeal that truly changes the trajectory of his life, so I should be sympathetic, but I wasn't. I am no prude, [...]

    22. Top 5. This is a truly captivating historical novel about 18th century Opera, life of the Castrati, and an unwilling participant. Cry to Heaven will lure you into the past. You will hear the music, see the streets, and feel the turmoil and plight of the characters. If you've ever felt out of place or like there was something different about you. If you enjoy history, but want a dramatic plot to go with it. If you want to be shocked and appalled while simultaneously feeling the muscles around you [...]

    23. I consider myself one of Anne Rice's biggest fans. Despite her great body of work "Cry to Heaven" hands down is my favourite of all her books. The castrati of 18th century Naples is a world few know. Why would anyone give up so much for music? Not willingly; as most of these males were castrated prior to puberty. Sent away by parents who dreamed of glory and fame and wealth and a path out of poverty.Between 1720-1730 this was a fad, a craze and according to over 4,000 boys were castrated annual [...]

    24. I have mixed feelings about Anne Rice books and Cry to Heaven was no different. It sounded up my alley and it's I've seen it recommended often. I really wanted to love it and at the beginning it kept me interested. Around halfway through it began to feel like it meandered and I wasn't sure where the story was going. Towards the last third of the book I began skimming. The main character's conflicting decisions and relationships just felt too all other the place and I lost interest in the story. [...]

    25. One of my favorite books, not only from Anne Rice's collection of works, but of all time. A sprawling, romantic, erotic, vengeful tale of a young castrati opera singer who was castrated against his will as a child and sent to live the large life of an opera star, Cry to Heaven is a gorgeous, haunting story. One I will re-read throughout my life.

    26. A book for music lovers. Truly IMHO the best book Ann Rice has ever written. She gives the reader intimate details of the life of a castrati. A life most of us could never grasp of living. She makes you feel the joys and pains of this life. Deeply moving and thoughtful read.

    27. This book should have been cut in half. I greatly enjoyed Tonio's conflict and revenge story against Carlo, and the relationship that built between Tonio and Guido. BUT GOOD GOD THE FILLER IN THIS BOOK! I understand Tonio needed to practice singing, that he traveled and performed and was well liked. I DO NO NEED 3/5 OF THE BOOK TO EXPLAIN IT. And I'm not even sure if he and Guido broke up because the last 1/3 of the book is Tonio obsessing over Christina, some painter girl and Guido no longer ha [...]

    28. READ THIS THREE SEPARATE TIMES WHEN I WAS 16 which means it is probably irredeemable garbage. five stars.

    29. Vintage Anne Rice from 1982, which forgoes the supernatural and undead and relies on the atmosphere of 18th century Italian opera for its chills and thrills. Although it doesn't reach the heights of her best work, it is certainly better realized than anything she has churned out in the last 15 years or so. For the most part, it is interesting historical fiction, with just a little too much leaning towards the soap opera, rather than actual opera. You can also see the blueprint being laid for Ric [...]

    30. All of the seedy stuff you never knew you needed to know about being a castrati. Re-read the book several times.

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