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  • 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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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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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.

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‘Galilee leaps through time and space to reveal an impressively majestic vision told in beautiful prose. A fantastic, engrossing war of the worlds’
People Magazine

‘An epic, classic saga’
Daily Mirror

‘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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Format: Paperback
Once again Clive Barker breaks away from the genre labelling tag of a `horror author' for which he has been undeservingly stamped with since his early work. With Galilee, Barker takes to a new path with a beautifully written story of love that dances with the celestial and magical throughout. Indeed, elements of his past work such as `Sacrament', `Imajica' and dare I say even the `Book of The Art' novels are clearly visible within this epic tale.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Clive Barker once again invites us into his world. A world where nothing is plain and everything has consequences deeper than is at first apparent. Like an onion skin, the pages peel back the plot revealling with each turn a new plot or connection,drawing you deeper into the timeless story of the war between the capitalist Gearys and the spiritual, godlike Barabus family and the Geary women trapped between them. The intrigues that go back over three centuries of both mortal and immortal life will keep you turning the pages and leave you aching for more of the same. I found myself resenting sleep each evening, until the book was finished and I was left to wait disconsolate for the next Clive Barker opus!
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This novel sees Clive Barker doing what he does best: telling a well-plotted story with masterful verve.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this novel a great deal. It draws you in slowly but surely and then, before you know it Barker has his meat hooks in you again!! I would say that its not your typical Barker, If your looking for the Damnation game part2 then this book it is not. Galilee is in more the same vein as 'Weaveworld' but then thats a bad comparison because it really is out there on its own when compared to any other of Clives work. I liked the way the story is written (as always) clives creativity shines through and some paragraphs just glow with his style and panash.....okay okay! He is the master. Just buy the book will ya!!!!
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By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
Clive Barker has presented me with something of a dilemma here. I'm not entirely certain which foot to stand on. On the positive side this book is certainly written by a master of the english language. Clive Barker has the ability to express himself very powerfully by skilful and beautiful use of english. The story is intriguing and imaginative in true Barker-esqu style. But I can't make my mind up wether the he's controlling the story or it is controlling him. On the whole, the storyline of Galilee is a bit too haphazard for my liking, intentional or not. I'd still recommend it to any Clive Barker fan and will certainly look forward to a sequel (with an ending like that....sure there just has to be a sequel.)
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