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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006178049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006178040
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 6.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A BOOK OF REVELATIONS. AN EPIC JOURNEY.

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.”
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

'”Imajica' is a ride with remarkable views”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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At the beginning I loved this book. The characters are excellent; they all have their strengths and their flaws, and drew me into their world without any difficulty. For a while I became immersed in the story, and found Imajica impossible to put down. A fantastic tales of four dominions existing alongside the world we know, AKA the fifth dominion, but largely unheeded by the good folk of the fifth, the story leads the main characters, and the reader, through amazing cities, brutal lands and into the homes of an assortment of beings.
What, then, could my criticism be? Well, when I say I loved this book at the beginning, I mean the first five hundred pages or so. Why oh why did the author feel the need to ramble on for so long? I bought the Kindle edition, but a bit of research informed me that the paperback weighs in at a mighty 1192 pages. By the end I was skim reading, just to get the wretched book over and done with. There is no need for it to be so long. The story could be just as detailed in a far more compact book, and would have been a lot better for it. Did the author not have an editor? Was the editor so wet behind the ears that he didn't realise that a book that is too long leads to a bored and dissatisfied reader? Did the book not get proof read? The amount of punctuation errors I found seriously detracted from my enjoyment. Before you condemn me as a grammar purist, it is very difficult to understand dialogue that is all packed into one paragraph, and is missing so many speech marks it's nigh on impossible to discern which character is speaking. It's also confusing when names are regularly preceded by a full stop, when a comma would have been correct. I don't know if these errors occur in the paperback version, but they were abundant in my Kindle version, particularly towards the end. Perhaps the proof reader got as bored as I did!
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