- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; (Reissue) edition (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006178057
- ISBN-13: 978-0006178057
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over many years and through many books Clive Barker has earned a reputation as the thinking person's horror writer. His novels have mixed fantasy, psychology and sheer creepiness in almost equal quantities, and while the gore quotient remains relatively low the tension always runs high. However, in Galilee Barker tones down the ghoulish in favour of the gothic. His novel (or as the author would have it, "romance") tells the tale of two warring families caught up in a disastrous web of corruption, illicit sexuality and star-crossed love, with a soupçon of the supernatural thrown in as well. On one side are the wealthy Gearys--a fictional stand-in for the Kennedys--and on the other are the Barbarossas, a mysterious black clan that has been around--quite literally--since the time of Adam. Galilee chronicles the twisted course of this centuries- old family feud which centres around the magical Barbarossa matriarch Cesaria and her son Galilee. Indeed, it's the latter figure--one part Heathcliff to one part Christ--whose relationship with the Geary women sets a match to the entire powder keg of hostility and resentment. Mixing standard clichés of romance with his own peculiarly deep-fried version of the Southern gothic, Baker has come up with an intelligent and shamelessly amusing potboiler.
‘Galilee leaps through time and space to reveal an impressively majestic vision told in beautiful prose. A fantastic, engrossing war of the worlds’
‘An epic, classic saga’
‘Barker is much more than genre writer’
New York Times Book Review
‘Barker’s greatest achievement – an addictive read that is nigh impossible to put down’
Birmingham Evening Mail
‘Passionate and ingenious… A ride with remarkable views’
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With an obvious dedication of passion and love to his lover David Armstrong, Barker has crafted a deeply emotional and poetic tale that delves the deepest Barker ever has to date, into the sheer importance of love, revenge, power and lust. Deliberately throwing added weight towards the emotional states of each character within the story, Barker brings out such full-bodied and life like characters that form the main crux of the tale.
Written by way of the hand of one of the books almost secondary characters, the story follows the lives of two powerful families, whose paths have intertwined throughout history. One of these families (the Barbarossa's) is more godlike than they are human. The other family (the Geary's) are extremely wealthy and powerful business men whose unsympathetic lives mirror that of many of the more dramatic circumstances that surround the storyline. One interlocking individual for the two families is the outcast by the name of Galilee. This character, to which the writer shows immense love for, was obviously based on Barker's lover David Armstrong.
The flow of the storyline, the intertwining subplots, the poetic use of words throughout, and the magnificent characterization, all form the main thrust to the novel.Read more ›
The fantasy takes more of a back seat here than in his previous work as we delve into the world of the Geary's and the Barbarossa's. The focus is primarily on the earthly Geary's and their empire of wealth and power. It all starts to go awry when Rachel, a small-town girl, falls in love with the rich Mitchell Geary.
But things aren't so simple. As ever with Barker you never really know what to expect, the same is true here with 'Galilee'. For no sooner has Rachel married Mitchell, she meets and falls in love with Galilee Barbarossa, whose history has been inextricably linked with the Geary's (and especially the Geary women) throughout the decades. This love affair signifies the Geary clan beginning to tear itself apart and the old rivalries between Geary and Barbarossa are drawn into the open once again.
Barker has pulled out all the stops in this the first installment of a two-part series. There is wit, warmth and strangeness in abundance in this wonderous book.
All the familiar Barker characteristics are present in this absorbing book, and some unusual ones too. Barker has broken into newer territory here with the epic family saga, and this is a very good thing. Whereas 'Sacrament' seemed to be treading over all too-familiar ground, Barker here changes his style and content sufficiently to engage the reader (and also to impress this reader enough to write this review!) in what will hopefully be a very successful series. I just hope the wait isn't too long.... because if what is merely hinted at here is carried through to the next volume then it will simply be one of the finest feats of imaginative fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favourite books,an excellent read. Incredible story, which makes you wish the characters could be real.Published 15 months ago by Joanne Fielding
Loved Cliver Barkers older material. Hadn't read any for a while. Started reading on holiday and bought on return to UK. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris The Ninja Pirate
this is one of the best barker books you can read! an epic tale of feuding families,love and death. beautifully written wheather New or an avid reader this is a must read! Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Mr. A. Halliday
Clive Barkers ability to weave a story is mind blowing , genius. I am a huge Stephen King fan and have been trying to find an author that I can read between SK's books, I have... Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Aj Marston
It's a real shame that the likes of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel are the ones who get the mini-series. Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by F.R. Jameson
One reviewer remarks that this is a departure for Barker, yep, you're not kidding. His other works are fantastic in all senses. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2008 by M. F
This book is a big departure for Barker, and not for those who go to his books hoping for another Damnation Game or Books of Blood. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2006 by L. Niblock
I had picked up this book on the strength of two things: having read Imajica and the synopsis on the dust cover. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2005 by Declan Mclaughlin