Recovering from a suicide attempt that has left him in a coma, wildlife photographer Will Swift finds himself reliving the seminal events of his childhood. When he awakens he finds that the magic, horror and revelations he glimpsed as a child are returning to find him.
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A boy has an encounter with a man who causes extinctions of other species, and as a result grows up to be a man who documents (and thus appeals for a halt to) those extinctions. This dark fantasy tale is unlike most of Clive Barker's work, being more tightly plotted, and more of this world. In a sequence of well-executed stories within stories (comparable to Russian dolls), Barker unfolds a compelling examination of what it means to be human, to be a man and, more specifically, to be a gay man on a planet where ageing, disease and death bring "the passing of things, of days and beasts and men he'd loved." A satisfying long novel packed with vivid images, memorable characters and a melancholy mood that reaches for hope.Review:
‘A gripping book that weaves a compulsive spell… vintage Barker’
‘Barker’s unique brand of eco-mysticism weaves as potent a spell as ever’
‘The premier metaphysicist of contemporary fiction. Breathtaking.’
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Book Description Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: Harpercollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Personally signed by Clive Barker directly on the title page. NOT signed to anyone. A photo of Clive Barker at his book signing event will be included with the signed book. First Edition, First Printing with full number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 . Hardcover. Book is new and unread, opened only for signing. No marks or inscription. Not a book club edition, not ex-library. Dust jacket is fine, not price-clipped, in a removable, protective clear cover. This is a beautiful autographed first edition for collectors. Makes a great gift. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000824