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Clive Barker
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4 Feb 2010

A book of revelations. A seamless tapestry of erotic passion, thwarted ambition and mythic horror. Clive Barker takes us on a voyage to worlds beyond our knowledge, but within our grasp.

John Furie Zacharias, known as Gentle, a master forger whose life is a series of lies. Judith Odell, a beautiful woman desired by three powerful men, but belonging to none of them. Pie’oh’pah, a mysterious assassin who deals in love as well as death. These three are united in a desperate search for the heart of a universal mystery, and will find the truth that lies in a place as mysterious as the face of God, and as secret as the human soul. They discover the Imajica.

Imajica is many things: an epic novel of vast panoramas and intimate, obsessive passions, embracing ghosts and reflections as well as the human and the divine.

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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; (Reissue) edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006178049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006178040
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,962 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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‘Moves with tidal force and power’
- William S Burroughs

‘The tears of blood and nightmare imagery are passionate and ingenious… Imajica is a ride with remarkable views’
- Times Literary Supplement

‘Barker’s fecundity of invention is beyond praise. In a world of hard-bitten horror and originality, Clive Barker dislocates your mind’
- Mail on Sunday

‘A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination… Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller’
- J G Ballard

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The imajica – five dominions, four reconciled. The fifth is Earth, cut off, living ignorant on the edge of a sea of possibilities, mystery and magic. Only a few know of the Imajica, and of the coming day when the Earth will be reunited with the other Dominions. And they are both terrified and in awe of the prospect.

The moment of reconciliation is now approaching. For Gentle, Judith and Pie’oh’pah it is a time of reckoning and revelation. They are driven to travel the path towards the City of the Unbeheld. It is their destiny, whatever horrors or wonders that may hold.

“He is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the farthest reaches of the imagination.”

'”Imajica' is a ride with remarkable views”

“Even greater in size and scope than 'Weaveworld'…erotic, apocalyptic, often horrifying, 'Imajica,' is beautifully written, a marvellous feat of imagination.”

“A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination…Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller”

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent novel 3 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read this book several times over the past few years.It is an excellent novel.I recently purchased the novel in a Kindle edition. I would not recommend the Kindle version to new readers because it contains a number of spelling mistakes.In many cases where a word begins with the letters cl the Kindle edition shows the word as starting with the letter d.For example clear is shown as dear.There are words spelt in block capitals which I presume were meant to be corrected before publication in Kindle.There are words that are plainly not in the original paperback book.I have purchased several books in Kindle and intend to used this method in future because I think it is the best way to purchase books. If I were Clive Barker I would ask Amazon to check the book and reissue it .
Anyone buying the book in paperback should check that it contains both parts of the Imajica.The book has been published in two parts in the past.
The book is excellent but buy it in paperback in an edition with at least eleven hundred pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not so good the second time around 7 Oct 2013
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Clive Barker was my favourite author as a teenager. I started off reading James Herbert's and Stephen King's novels and progressed to the aforementioned. I have since studied English Literature at uni. Eighteen years later I thought I'd revisit his works.

I thought I'd give Imajica a go first as it's his most epic. I downloaded a sample and it opened quite well, so decided to make a purchase. As another reviewer pointed out, the kindle version is riddled with typos and formatting errors. One thing I noted on this second reading is that even now, having read more literary novels, Barker has a very good vocabulary for a genre writer, although it does tend to run away from him at times. I have to agree with other reviewers in saying that his style does grow very tedious as the novel progresses. Upon re-reading I realise that elements of Weaveworld, Imajica, and the Books of the Art have blended together in my mind. The fantastical elements are not always that well described and some of the description of the action is confusing and difficult to visualise. I always enjoyed the sexual freedom of his works, often depicting same sex an opposite couplings in the same book, also the androgyny, but there is definitely a homosexual bias to his subtext, which I wasn't aware of when I was younger. I recall reading of something called 'the butt diggers choice' when glancing through one of his other books. It's also overtly Christian, which I found somewhat off-putting. I wasn't as amazed at the terrain in this book as I recall either. The book doesn't fully explore all dominions, and I felt a bit cheated by it all. It's just not a very good story. It's a bit rubbish really.

Having satisfied my nostalgic craving I don't think I'll be returning to any other Clive Barker books. I tried the Abarat books, having read the first, and a large chunk of the second, and they're even worse. It just goes to show how much we grow as readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure imaginary classic 19 Aug 2001
This is frankly the best book i have read for many years,worlds collapse leaders are unthroned and all for one join the dominions.follow your heart and let your mind do the rest ...this is pure fantasy.Like all Barker classics there is always a nagging at the back of your mind telling you that this could be real even tough it should be impossible.If you enjoy being in that part of your mind that is normally off limits then give a month of your life to Clive Barker's "Imajica"truly breathtaking
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars imajica: less a book, but an experience 6 Jun 2001
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I once read someone's 'droll' comment that this book is so bad that they, due to its admittedly intimidating physical presence, reincarnated it as a doorstop. Whoever made this comment has clearly missed the point. Imajica isn't a conventional novel, with a streamline plot. What Barker has done here is more complex than that. He has provided us with an experience, not a novel. He writes with such unalloyed enthusiasm that a few syllables bring his worlds to life. Worlds that demand coming back to again and again to look at in a different light. Do not take my word for it, though. Buy this book, a masterpiece awaits.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future is in correcting the past 20 May 2004
Is this book a rewriting or a perversion of the Gospels and the Book of Revelation ? Both and neither. The story itself, the plot if you want, is beyond any telling, summarizing or even sketching. It is extremely complex and difficult - at times - to follow. Not too many notes like in Mozart, but too many characters. As a rewriting of the New Testament, a Reconciler (a Christ) has to reconcile and regenerate the five Dominions of the Universe, Imajica, creating love and prosperity. But the male God has to be destroyed - since he is an imposter - to enable the three female Goddesses he had crushed down to take over and give life a chance. He also has to be killed to open the final door for spirits situated in the first layer of this universe. The male God is a tyrant. It is his son that has to go through the process of getting him destroyed and regenerating the alpha to open the omega. This vision is entirely dominated by the female principle : three Goddesses take over ; the God's son's mother who was rapterously raped by this God is the tool used to destroy him ; this universe is composed of five dominions that are building a circle, with a sixth one for the dead that is inside this circle. This book is also a beautiful symphony of words, images, situations and symbols dedicated to love, particularly love between beings who are not supposed - by standard ethics - to love each other : homosexuals ; individuals from radically different species ; love for the destroyer and hate for the Saviour ; and yet love for the Saviour and hate for the destroyer. Love is hate and hate is love. This is achieved page after page. Any love is hate and any hate is love. Read more ›
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This book is truly outstanding. There's a debate regarding if it's his best; I was leant it originally by a friend in my 2nd year at Uni (in the 90s) and actually read it (which... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Imaginative
Through every page Barker never seems to go with the ordinary. This book is so creative and so unusual it has you wanting more, even through all 1200+ pages!
A brilliant read.
Published 2 months ago by Fazurem
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy
Fantasy, that draws you in.

This book draws you in. I first read this 20 years ago, and have re-read it periodically. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination set free
Love this book. Not going to try to dissect it - wouldn't know where to start. Just read it. It's one of maybe a dozen books I'll never get rid of because I want to reread them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Kates
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Read it ages ago and loved every word of it. got it for my kindle so I can read it when I want to.
Published 8 months ago by JSL
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best. Once you start reading you can't put it ...
A real classic, one of his best . Once you start reading you can't put it down.
Clive barker at his best
Published 9 months ago by jamie potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing (but not for the faint hearted)
This is a great story, delivered in the only way clive knows how.... with a shovel......which he'll hit you with until you beg for mercy, throw up or begin to quite like it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Just a mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!
This book is so inspiring, it can make you both laugh and cry at the same time. Bliss! Bloody fantastic!
Published 15 months ago by susan branker. edward barker
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