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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2001
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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. Life is this constant contradiction and it is only spiritual forces inside and outside that can liberate alienated individuals and real human fate, destiny, providence and feelings. Some will say this vision of the universe is anti-christian or even anti-god. Yet this vision cannot stand and make sense if the concept of God, of a superior force, drive is not present from beginning to end in every event, development, being. This book is the most spiritual and religious book that can be found even if and even because it kills old conceptions of allmighty male gods. This book should be a must for want-to-be priests and preachers.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2006
I first read Clive Barker in 1994, starting with the novel 'The great and secret show'. That was extremely enjoyable and gave me a taste for what is certainly my most read, most enjoyed, and thought provoking book in my collection. Believe me when I say that you will never, ever read another book that comes close to this for portraying the myriad of human failures, triumphs and weaknesses.

Do yourself a favour and lose yourself in this book.......you will not be able to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2014
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 says a lot about how gripping it was!). At that point in my life, I had an attention span that was best measured in seconds!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2015
With the exception of 'Sacrament', I've read all of Clive Barker's books and - with the notable exception of 'Mister B Gone' and the first 'Abarat' novel - really enjoyed them. This one, though... I first tried to read it about five years ago and gave up after around 400 pages; this time I've managed just over a hundred pages and I'm ready to give up again. It's such a slog. I'm finding the characters really dull and nothing that's been foreshadowed thus far seems particularly interesting. At the current rate of progress, I expect to finish it in about 6 weeks. Can any readers advise whether the book is a slow-starter or not?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2001
Being a goddess isn't always what it's cracked up to be and Barker always manages to put that across to those of us who aspire. I found Imajica stuffed away in my mother's bookshelf and promptly fell in love with a whole new side of Barker's talents from his movie making. Unlike any of his other books, Imajica takes one from ecstasy to agony, fom mediocrity to sublimity, from laughter to tears and back again. Having had to buy multiple copies of this book through over-use and constant dropping in the bath or dragging through hedges backwards, I reccommend that you get a good sturdy copy of it because you will almost certainly read it again. It's hefty and it's long, but it's the most beautiful ride I know of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
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. This extravaganza is teeming with wonder and words, gore and gristle, sex and symbolism, metaphysics and religion. I'll kid you not, it's hard work, long ( but not disproportionate to the tale) and absolutely stomach churning in places. But, if like me, you prefer to be awoken by a novel rather than put to sleep, I can guarantee it will keep you up all night. Probably with the light on.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is the most incredible, beautiful, horrific, sensual and fantastic book you'll ever read. Clive Barker is a sheer genius and this is his ultimate masterpiece. The story soars through moments of unimaginable slendour and dives deep into the completely horrific, taking in every emotion on the way. I have read it's 1100+ pages many times, and never cease to be breathtaken. Magnificent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2004
stunning, riveting and arguably Mr Barkers best? I still warrant Weaveworld as a special case and also the Great And Secret Show, but there is no doubt that the scale of this story along side the sheer imagination is beyond praise. The other reviews have summed things up pretty well and I mainly wanted to advise that the individual who commited the review with 1 star should not be even considered. Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion but they just haven't got it and probably better stick Mills and Boon or something. READ THIS and DREAM.........nuff said
Will Scarlet
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