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Chiliad: A Meditation [Hardcover]

Clive Barker , Jon Foster
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  • Hardcover: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Deluxe edition (31 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596065958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596065956
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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5.0 out of 5 stars Barker at his Best! 27 Feb 2014
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So again another morsel manages to push through the All-Consuming Abarat to whet appetites but not - sadly - to satiate them.
I loved the book - hated the brevity!

It is classic Barker: metaphysical and philosophical, unique in its own exploration of the fantastique; offering a semblance of the quotidian that on closer inspection is bizarre and refreshingly alternative.
The story possesses the quality of a forbidden attraction; those things that are intrinsically bad for us but whose brief thrill beats any lasting sense of shame. I don't know how Barker does it; it's just a story - and a depressingly brief one at that - but it's so much more.

I love Barker's aphorisms; his social media page is awash with wonderful insights and points both poetic and profound. For me, this books reads as an extended metaphor; poetic, aphoristic, at once insightful and obscure, weighty but never cumbersome.
I loved too its melancholy feel; the rhythm of its bleak heart and the meter of inevitability and consequence. In many ways it's tragic; the narrator woebegone and witness to the sorrowful and spiteful. Yet the wider concept is unspoilt by such meagre emotion; it remains intact and ineffable despite the feelings it invokes, much like the Christ who is referenced throughout.

I read it in two hours, but I've already thought about it more than some books that take two weeks.
The relationship between the narrator and the reader is similar in feel to Mister B. Gone, but more subtle. His meditations on the events that unfold link the two tales separated by the chiliad and serve as the unambiguous dénouement; that is to say: you're bound to see it coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unique 13 May 2014
This story is very strange but I couldn't put it down. I love Barkers work but this short story could prove to be one of his best. It was a little disturbing and graphic in places, but it is Clive Barker at the end of the day. It was very thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Irrationality Of Violence And Its Consequences........ 13 Feb 2014
By Bob James - Published on Amazon.com
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This book surprised me. I have read and enjoyed many of Clive Barker's other works, but this one is of a very different stripe. The thread, travelling within a tale woven (or indeed, is it?) by a writer who in perpetuity, observes a river that flows backwards and forwards in time. The interconnection of violence, of violent acts begetting other violence, other violent acts, passed forward and backward, consequences seemingly unstoppable. I won't spoil anything with specifics here, but the multiple characters journeys here (created by the writer, or merely observed?) encompass tragedy, loss, and the quest for retribution. Or is it redemption? The Chiliad is the thousand year period when Christ will return to create His theocracy on the terrestrial plane of the earth. The irrationality of violence begets the revelation of the need for redemption, for the blind irrationality can often misplace guilt, or be visited upon others that are not guilty of the atrocity the retribution is meant to answer. The one that delivers the blow can in the end, turn out to be not so different from the one upon whom it is struck. This is thought provoking reading, in the most evocative sense. A river well and truly worth diving into.
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Read 21 May 2014
By Joseph Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
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Chilead, for me, harkens back to Barker's Books of Blood era. It is an elegant and poetic exploration of the persistence of violence, told in Mr. Barker's grand guignol style of horror fiction. I enjoyed it immensely and found myself pondering the themes of the work after finishing it-- always a sign of a good story! I deducted one star from my review because it was a bit overwrought in places, language-wise, especially the "time is like a river" metaphor that went on for a couple pages early on. Felt like he was hammering on that one a bit too long. Despite that, this story transported me to that special country in horror fiction that is both beautiful and foreboding. Now finish the Scarlet Gospels, for God's sake!
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right 13 May 2014
By Mark A. Uzelac - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Barker's books, but I rarely have time to devote to his better works. This was a perfect flight book.
3.0 out of 5 stars As a life long Clive Barker fan... 15 April 2014
By Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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... I'm curious to see where his next works take us. Chiliad has all the typical Barker genius of any of his short stories, but he continues in the same vein as in Mister B Gone with attempts at breaking the fourth wall which I actually found distracting. Still, this is a must have for any Barker fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been too long 14 Mar 2014
By varnya - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been much too long since I've read anything new by Clive Barker and Chiliad: A Meditation made me realize just how much I've missed his introspective, poetic stories. I find his fiction is more intelligently spiritual and full of truth than most books that are in the non fiction spirituality section, think Sacrament.

This story touches on some of the horrors of humanity and the futility of trying to figure out the whys and of man's inhumanity to man and beast. There is also the burning desire for redemption, but not all are lucky enough to receive it in whatever form it may come.

Anyone who likes Clive Barker cannot help but appreciate this short story.

My only criticism is that I want more, and I suppose that is not a criticism at all.
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