A massive tale of secrets, corruption and magic between two feuding families – the powerful Gearys and the shadowy Barbarossas.
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 at war. Their enemies are another dynasty – the Barbarossas – whose origins lie not in history but in myth.
When the prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan, Galilee, falls in love with Rachel 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, and surpassing both with an epic tale which will surely rank as the crowning achievement of his career.
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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.Review:
‘Galilee leaps through time and space to reveal an impressively majestic vision told in beautiful prose. A fantastic, engrossing war of the worlds’
‘An epic, classic saga’
‘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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Book Description Harper, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060179473
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060179473
Book Description Harper, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Clive Barker (more than 3.52 million copies of his books in print) returns to raise hell once again on bestseller lists from coast to coast with Galilee -- a frightful tale of two affluent American families and the dark forces that surround them.Amy Pallenberg Never Dreamed That She Would Ever Meet -- let alone marry -- Mitchell Geary, the most eligible bachelor in America. As wealthy as the Rockefellers and as glamorous as the Kennedys, his family has been a powerful American presence since the Civil War. But behind this facade, the family hides some sinister secrets, and as Amy begins to unravel them, her life soon becomes stranger than she ever dreamed.The Gearys are at war with the Barbarossas -- a clan whose origins lie in myth, and whose far-reaching influences are felt not in Washington or on Wall Street, but in the deep, sensual exchanges of flesh and soul. And when Galilee Barbarossa and Amy unexpectedly fall in love, the hostilities the two families have kept in check for generations finally erupt in all their unholy glory.As groundbreaking and influential as his international bestsellers Everville and Imajica, and as spine-tingling as his wildly successful Hellraiser series, Galilee is Clive Barker's darkest and most sophisticated novel to date. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060179473