Erotic, exotic: classic Clive Barker.
EVERY FAMILY HAS A SECRET
As rich as the Rockefellers, as glamorous as the Kennedys, the Geary dynasty has held subtle sway over American life since the Civil War, brilliantly concealing the depths of its corruption. All that is about to change. For the Gearys are still at war. Their enemies are another dynasty – the Barbarossas – whose origins lie not in history but in myth, whose influence is felt not in Washington but in the sensual exchanges of flesh and soul.
When the prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan, Galilee, falls in love with Rachael Geary, the pent-up loathing between the families erupts in a mutually destructive frenzy. Adulteries are laid bare. Secrets creep out. And insanity reigns.
Galilee is a massive tale, mingling the sharp realism of Barker’s bestseller Sacrament with the dark invention for which he’s known worldwide. The magical eroticism of Weaveworld, the chilling rituals of Hellraiser, the grand metaphysical visions of the Books of the Art – Galilee has room for them all.
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Over many years and 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. In Galilee, however, 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 since the time (quite literally) 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.Review:
Praise for Clive Barker:
‘An invocation of both magic and the imagination… A majestic maze of mythmaking’
‘Passionate and ingenious… A ride with remarkable views’
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
‘Barker dislocates your mind’
MAIL ON SUNDAY
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