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Galilee I read this first when it came out, so this is a reread My initial impression was of gods walking among us with a serious attempt to make old legends real I recognized Dumuzi Tammuz right off the bat and was enchanted I had been doing a Barker marathon at the time, so I was really into the meandering and directionless text He always got somewhere in the end, so I my faith was strong.This second read showed me how muchmythology I now know and reaffirmed my belief that Barker was a bit m I read this first when it came out, so this is a reread My initial impression was of gods walking among us with a serious attempt to make old legends real I recognized Dumuzi Tammuz right off the bat and was enchanted I had been doing a Barker marathon at the time, so I was really into the meandering and directionless text He always got somewhere in the end, so I my faith was strong.This second read showed me how muchmythology I now know and reaffirmed my belief that Barker was a bitaccomplished in the realm of practicing magick I always guessed as much back in the day, but now I can point to a hell of a lot of interesting factoids I won t do that here I m sure it would bore most anyone to death Suffice to say, I still think this book is one hell of a meandering ride.Do you like to read about two great families, with a lot of interesting history between them Check Do you love magical realism Check Do you love novels that sincerely try to give you a bit of everything, trying to bring the novel truly alive with all the foibles of gods and humans I don t say this lightly I m really saying that it tries to bring together love and hate, ennui and passion, romance and intellect, immortality and guttering flames, and even potence and impotence The pieces are everywhere, and Barker consistently brings them all self consciously to the fore through his narrator, rising from self satisfied indolence to an interest and a restored passion for exploring life.Even the narrator has a hard time pulling all the pieces together, and honestly, I think Barker was speaking to us all, directly It was a truly huge novel in all it tried to accomplish It had such a huge cast even while ostensibly remaining a revenge tale couched within an epic romance.I knew what to expect, so I didn t expect a polished flow or even a real thread of a plot until late It s just not what this novel was designed for.It IS designed to throw you into such a deep and exploratory life among living gods, half gods, and the Kennedy clan oh wait I didn t mean that that you as a reader aren t meant to do much else besides ride the boat of the novel and enjoy the lives and the scenery.And that s fine There s a lot to enjoy.It s really hard to put my finger on exactly what I like most about it I know I like it I think it s mostly the whole cloth, the tapestry and the weave, that I most appreciate The hundreds of smaller aspects only serve to bolster the feel of the whole, while never striking me over the head with it s importance, save for a few endgame plot worthy scenes, of course.I really do love a happy ending, though, and I had been noticing that Barker s concurrent works were all inching toward the same conclusions A true departure from the horror I knew and love, in other words.I do recall that I pointed myself back to this and another of Barker s works as an obvious precursor to American Gods If it wasn t for things like this novel, I wouldn t have been so well primed to enjoy Gaiman s novel And it was only later than that when I finally picked up The Sandman, Vol 1 Preludes and Nocturnes, so the whole cause effect thing is hairy, anyway I m just spouting my impressions Good impressions, I might add Meandering can sometimes be a boon, and in my final estimate, this one pulled it off Galilee is a strange book, and very hard to classify It s a love story, sort of It s a family history, sort of It s a supernatural thriller, sort of It s kind of all of those things and actually none, but that s what makes it such an interesting read.The characters are intriguing, although not always likeable Rachel in particular is deeply annoying you get the impression that Clive Barker wants to make her compelling and sympathetic, but she just sort of ends up being whiny, spoiled, neuro Galilee is a strange book, and very hard to classify It s a love story, sort of It s a family history, sort of It s a supernatural thriller, sort of It s kind of all of those things and actually none, but that s what makes it such an interesting read.The characters are intriguing, although not always likeable Rachel in particular is deeply annoying you get the impression that Clive Barker wants to make her compelling and sympathetic, but she just sort of ends up being whiny, spoiled, neurotic, and selfish Still, the other charactersthan make up for it, and there are plenty of other good, strong female characters to make up for Rachel Which sort of begs the question, why was she so irritating, but that s hardly the point.Barker has a wonderful way with words and an interesting method of storytelling, and this is by far my favorite of his books It s not horror like his other novels although it does have its moments and the relative lack of disturbing imagery lets the story itself hold center stage.Definitely one that s worth the read Galilee, for me, is Clive Barker at his storytelling best It may not be as inventive as Cabal Nightbreed , Imajica Everville, or as mind bending as The Hellbound Heart Hellraiser , nor as imaginative as Weaveworld, but it s the best written, the best told story of all of his with elegant, seductive, magnetic prose that s as smooth as butter His prose in this book can make even the most boring, mundane things seem worthy of your attention.It should be stated right up front Galilee is not Galilee, for me, is Clive Barker at his storytelling best It may not be as inventive as Cabal Nightbreed , Imajica Everville, or as mind bending as The Hellbound Heart Hellraiser , nor as imaginative as Weaveworld, but it s the best written, the best told story of all of his with elegant, seductive, magnetic prose that s as smooth as butter His prose in this book can make even the most boring, mundane things seem worthy of your attention.It should be stated right up front Galilee is not a horror novel, at least nowhere in the singular sense though it has parts that may certainly exist on the periphery of that description It s a bit of a wonderful, odd beast It s my favorite kind of tome, running the gamut of several flavors from epic saga, historical suspense, myth making, inter familial drama, forbidden romance, light metaphysics, a teasing amount of the supernatural almost maddeningly understated and, being a Barker story, a touch of the dark fantastic, naturally.It s truly the hardest novel to nail down with a description that I ve ever encountered, and I am honestly and thoroughly bummed that I have yet to encounter something of its ilk since That s over a decade of let down Thankfully it s so invitingly re readable and continuously rewarding when you do so.I love all the extraordinary elementseverything about the Barbarossa family, whom I did not ever think of as fantastical creations, butsupernatural However, Barker wrote that Cesaria, the matriarch, was essentially a goddess like being,or less a demigoddess in other words, she s a direct descendant of, well, God than a typical fantastical invention Barker is typically known for creating Certainly ametaphysical approach than his norm at the time Like urban fantasy it s a great merging of the mundane with the extraordinary As a writer, this book was such a defining, eye opening read for me It was an Ah, so THAT S how you do it revelation Part of that is due to the character driven literary device he uses kind of as a cheat that allows him to tell a birds eye view kind of sprawling epic story without sacrificing an ounce of the first person intimacy since it comes from the MC s near omniscient point of view Yeah, it s a bit of a cheat, but damned effective But I won t getinto that because it s a real treat of reading the novel and I ve probably teased enough details.After the book came out Barker mentioned a sequel one day that would essentially focuson the Barbarossas instead of the Gearys, who get the bulk of the focus in this book I so hope he gets around to it before he retires.Note I m giving this book 5 stars because there is no option for 4 1 2 stars It s a real shame that the likes of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel are the ones who get the mini series As if ever a book deserved to have some big, sprawling six hour epic based on it it s Clive Barker s Galilee Following the fortunes of two strangely interconnected families one oh so mortal the other oh so immortal , the narrative swoops through history conjuring grand passions, horrific feuds and the nature of fame and power in the United States This is a magical book, which is ge It s a real shame that the likes of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel are the ones who get the mini series As if ever a book deserved to have some big, sprawling six hour epic based on it it s Clive Barker s Galilee Following the fortunes of two strangely interconnected families one oh so mortal the other oh so immortal , the narrative swoops through history conjuring grand passions, horrific feuds and the nature of fame and power in the United States This is a magical book, which is genuinely jaw dropping in scope of ambition and imagination In short, it s a grand soap opera for genre fiction fans.The Gearys and the Barbarosas are two legendary families who are interconnected in some strange and mysterious way For years they have co existed, but the ties that bind them are drawing closer, exposing old enmities and risking the likelihood of mutual destruction for both.Apart from The Hellbound Heart I ve never really read anything by Barker For whatever reason, the scale and scope of his tomes led me to believe they were closer to fantasy than horror and fantasy is not a genre I am particularly fond of But Galilee really did blow my hardened and cynical yet still white and cotton socks off, proving a compulsive page turner that made me wish trains were late and tubes were cancelled so I d have extra time to cram in evenof it in Okay, the ending may have been a bitabrupt than I d have liked although I am somewhat mollified to find that a sequel has been promised , but this epic and far dreaming storytelling at its best I had two reactions while reading this book I absolutely loved parts of it, the way Clive Barker presented the story as told from the point of view of someone writing a book of the family saga My favorite bits were these short breaks in Maddox s writing and how we got glimpses of the Barbarossa clan I also enjoyed the Geary family saga for the most part Interestingly, though, I did not care for the title character, Galilee, or Rachel, and their story line felt a bit forced to me I also fel I had two reactions while reading this book I absolutely loved parts of it, the way Clive Barker presented the story as told from the point of view of someone writing a book of the family saga My favorite bits were these short breaks in Maddox s writing and how we got glimpses of the Barbarossa clan I also enjoyed the Geary family saga for the most part Interestingly, though, I did not care for the title character, Galilee, or Rachel, and their story line felt a bit forced to me I also felt a bit of a let down at the ending, after the buildup and expectation of a huge confrontation between the two families So, I waffled between 3 and 4 stars, but ultimately settled on 3 stars 4.5 stars I really like this novel The Barbarossas are beyond fascinating and the Gearys are quite nauseating, especially towards the end I like Barker s ability to weave the real and fantastical together so neatly Although the majority of the book revolves around Rachael and the Gearys, it s really the Barbarossas that provide all of the color when it comes to characters They just make those super rich, megalomaniacal Gearys look so damn boring I could have easily read another couple h 4.5 stars I really like this novel The Barbarossas are beyond fascinating and the Gearys are quite nauseating, especially towards the end I like Barker s ability to weave the real and fantastical together so neatly Although the majority of the book revolves around Rachael and the Gearys, it s really the Barbarossas that provide all of the color when it comes to characters They just make those super rich, megalomaniacal Gearys look so damn boring I could have easily read another couple hundred pages on these two clans.This is one case where the narration didn t add to the book, although it was not actually bad Rich and powerful, the Geary dynasty has reigned over American society for decades But it is a family with dark, terrible secrets For the Gearys are a family at war Their adversaries are the Barbarossas, a clan whose timeless origins lie in myth, whose mystical influence is felt in intense, sensual exchanges of flesh and soul Now their battle is about to escalateWhen Galilee, prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan, meets Rachel, the young bride of the Gearys own scion Mitchell, they fall in love, consumed by a passion that unleashes long simmering hatred Old insanities arise, old adulteries are uncovered, and a seemingly invincible family will begin to wither, exposing its unholy roots ➹ [Read] ➵ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➼ – 9facts.co.uk the Geary dynasty has reigned over American society for decades But it is a family with dark ❮Download❯ ➵ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – 9facts.co.uk terrible secrets For the Gearys are a family at war Their adversaries are the Barbarossas ➼ [Reading] ➾ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz ➱ – 9facts.co.uk a clan whose timeless origins lie in myth ❰Reading❯ ➼ On a Day Like This Author Peter Stamm – 9facts.co.uk whose mystical influence is felt in intense [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start ✐ Derek Handley – 9facts.co.uk sensual exchanges of flesh and soul Now their battle is about to escalateWhen Galilee ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson – 9facts.co.uk meets Rachel [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – 9facts.co.uk the young bride of the Gearys own scion Mitchell ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country By Robin Robilliard ✍ – 9facts.co.uk they fall in love [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Whale Rider ☄ Witi Ihimaera – 9facts.co.uk consumed by a passion that unleashes long simmering hatred Old insanities arise [KINDLE] ✽ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – 9facts.co.uk old adulteries are uncovered ❰Ebook❯ ➣ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – 9facts.co.uk and a seemingly invincible family will begin to wither ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries Author Mia Woolfe – 9facts.co.uk exposing its unholy roots I gave up on this one at page 110 because I just couldn t face another 500 pages of this high class drivel Had I been actually reading this instead of listening to it in my car, I wouldn t have made it past the first chapter I expected a sci fi thriller from Clive Barker not this Kennedy esque family saga In the first 100 pages, there was everything from rape, sodomy, gays, lesbians, fights, infidelity, a religious zealot a fishermen turned prophet Yet even so, it was boring as hell I ve ne I gave up on this one at page 110 because I just couldn t face another 500 pages of this high class drivel Had I been actually reading this instead of listening to it in my car, I wouldn t have made it past the first chapter I expected a sci fi thriller from Clive Barker not this Kennedy esque family saga In the first 100 pages, there was everything from rape, sodomy, gays, lesbians, fights, infidelity, a religious zealot a fishermen turned prophet Yet even so, it was boring as hell I ve never been on to read the papers and magazines featuring the overly rich and aimless This book is like following John Kennedy around and noting his every move and breath Just too boring for words.I know I m not the only one who quit where I did, since I was forced to rewind tape three in order to listen to it so someone else gave up in the same spot I kept going hoping it was eventually going to get exciting or something anything was going to happen Finally I just could t listen to that monotonous narrator for even oneword 4.5 stars for the last hundred pages or so I debated whether I would be rounding up to 5 or down to 4 I think I m coming down on the side of 5ormaybe 4 Yeah I m a waffler Barker offers some truly wonderful character development and a unique take on the old gods among us theme It s interesting that the two central characters Galilee and Rachel were by far the least compelling people in the story The chapters dealing with their relationship were easily the low point of the bo 4.5 stars for the last hundred pages or so I debated whether I would be rounding up to 5 or down to 4 I think I m coming down on the side of 5ormaybe 4 Yeah I m a waffler Barker offers some truly wonderful character development and a unique take on the old gods among us theme It s interesting that the two central characters Galilee and Rachel were by far the least compelling people in the story The chapters dealing with their relationship were easily the low point of the book, in spite of Barker s talent at writing The Sexy Bits The many side characters are what brought this tale to life Much as I love Clive Barker s epic works of fantasy, Galilee is the one that just doesn t work, as far as I m concerned The central premise is intriguing the rich, powerful Geary family heavily modelled on the Kennedys and presented as America s modern gods are at war with the Barbarossas real gods, as old as time , and when Rachel Geary falls in love with Galilee Barbarossa, their relationship threatens to destroy both families But the Gearys somehow aren t evil enough, despite one o Much as I love Clive Barker s epic works of fantasy, Galilee is the one that just doesn t work, as far as I m concerned The central premise is intriguing the rich, powerful Geary family heavily modelled on the Kennedys and presented as America s modern gods are at war with the Barbarossas real gods, as old as time , and when Rachel Geary falls in love with Galilee Barbarossa, their relationship threatens to destroy both families But the Gearys somehow aren t evil enough, despite one of the sons having a penchant for necrophiliac fantasy in his sex games, the Barbaraossas are debauched but spoiled and petty, and what should be an all encompassing love story at the novel s heart fails because Galilee and Rachel just aren t that interesting as characters Barker explores this clash of modern America and the supernatural to much better effect in Coldheart Canyon this books lacks the imaginatively gruesome power his prose achieves at his best

    ➹ [Read] ➵ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➼ – 9facts.co.uk the Geary dynasty has reigned over American society for decades But it is a family with dark ❮Download❯ ➵ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – 9facts.co.uk terrible secrets For the Gearys are a family at war Their adversaries are the Barbarossas ➼ [Reading] ➾ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz ➱ – 9facts.co.uk a clan whose timeless origins lie in myth ❰Reading❯ ➼ On a Day Like This Author Peter Stamm – 9facts.co.uk whose mystical influence is felt in intense [PDF] ✎ Heart to Start ✐ Derek Handley – 9facts.co.uk sensual exchanges of flesh and soul Now their battle is about to escalateWhen Galilee ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Secrecy Author Rupert Thomson – 9facts.co.uk meets Rachel [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – 9facts.co.uk the young bride of the Gearys own scion Mitchell ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ Hard Country By Robin Robilliard ✍ – 9facts.co.uk they fall in love [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Whale Rider ☄ Witi Ihimaera – 9facts.co.uk consumed by a passion that unleashes long simmering hatred Old insanities arise [KINDLE] ✽ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan – 9facts.co.uk old adulteries are uncovered ❰Ebook❯ ➣ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – 9facts.co.uk and a seemingly invincible family will begin to wither ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries Author Mia Woolfe – 9facts.co.uk exposing its unholy roots I gave up on this one at page 110 because I just couldn t face another 500 pages of this high class drivel Had I been actually reading this instead of listening to it in my car, I wouldn t have made it past the first chapter I expected a sci fi thriller from Clive Barker not this Kennedy esque family saga In the first 100 pages, there was everything from rape, sodomy, gays, lesbians, fights, infidelity, a religious zealot a fishermen turned prophet Yet even so, it was boring as hell I ve ne I gave up on this one at page 110 because I just couldn t face another 500 pages of this high class drivel Had I been actually reading this instead of listening to it in my car, I wouldn t have made it past the first chapter I expected a sci fi thriller from Clive Barker not this Kennedy esque family saga In the first 100 pages, there was everything from rape, sodomy, gays, lesbians, fights, infidelity, a religious zealot a fishermen turned prophet Yet even so, it was boring as hell I ve never been on to read the papers and magazines featuring the overly rich and aimless This book is like following John Kennedy around and noting his every move and breath Just too boring for words.I know I m not the only one who quit where I did, since I was forced to rewind tape three in order to listen to it so someone else gave up in the same spot I kept going hoping it was eventually going to get exciting or something anything was going to happen Finally I just could t listen to that monotonous narrator for even oneword 4.5 stars for the last hundred pages or so I debated whether I would be rounding up to 5 or down to 4 I think I m coming down on the side of 5ormaybe 4 Yeah I m a waffler Barker offers some truly wonderful character development and a unique take on the old gods among us theme It s interesting that the two central characters Galilee and Rachel were by far the least compelling people in the story The chapters dealing with their relationship were easily the low point of the bo 4.5 stars for the last hundred pages or so I debated whether I would be rounding up to 5 or down to 4 I think I m coming down on the side of 5ormaybe 4 Yeah I m a waffler Barker offers some truly wonderful character development and a unique take on the old gods among us theme It s interesting that the two central characters Galilee and Rachel were by far the least compelling people in the story The chapters dealing with their relationship were easily the low point of the book, in spite of Barker s talent at writing The Sexy Bits The many side characters are what brought this tale to life Much as I love Clive Barker s epic works of fantasy, Galilee is the one that just doesn t work, as far as I m concerned The central premise is intriguing the rich, powerful Geary family heavily modelled on the Kennedys and presented as America s modern gods are at war with the Barbarossas real gods, as old as time , and when Rachel Geary falls in love with Galilee Barbarossa, their relationship threatens to destroy both families But the Gearys somehow aren t evil enough, despite one o Much as I love Clive Barker s epic works of fantasy, Galilee is the one that just doesn t work, as far as I m concerned The central premise is intriguing the rich, powerful Geary family heavily modelled on the Kennedys and presented as America s modern gods are at war with the Barbarossas real gods, as old as time , and when Rachel Geary falls in love with Galilee Barbarossa, their relationship threatens to destroy both families But the Gearys somehow aren t evil enough, despite one of the sons having a penchant for necrophiliac fantasy in his sex games, the Barbaraossas are debauched but spoiled and petty, and what should be an all encompassing love story at the novel s heart fails because Galilee and Rachel just aren t that interesting as characters Barker explores this clash of modern America and the supernatural to much better effect in Coldheart Canyon this books lacks the imaginatively gruesome power his prose achieves at his best"/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 637 pages
  • Galilee
  • Clive Barker
  • English
  • 23 October 2018
  • 0061092002

About the Author: Clive Barker

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie n e Revill , a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986 Barker s second long term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards This award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.Fans have noticed of late that Barker s voice has become gravelly and coarse He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1 6 , and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game 1985 Later he moved towards modern day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld 1987 , The Great and Secret Show 1989 , the world spanning Imajica 1991 and Sacrament 1996 , bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions He wrote the screenplays for Underworld aka Transmutations 1985 and Rawhead Rex 1986 , both directed by George Pavlou Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser 1987 , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re released together to moderate critical acclaim After his film Nightbreed Cabal , which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations 1995 and Forms of Heaven 1996 , as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993 Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles set outside the Marvel universe were Ectokid,