A massive tale of secrets, corruption and magic between two feuding families -- the powerful Gearys and the shadowy Barbarossas. / Selected as one of HarperCollins' Top 10 titles of the year / Major author tour / Spectacular media campiagn -- radio, Tube, magazines, broadsheets, consumer promotion / Wide range of unique POS / First in a two-book series / Repackaged with sumptuous new cover design / Competition: Grisham, King
Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include 'The Books of Blood', 'Cabal', and 'The Hellbound Heart'. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also iilustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include 'Hellraiser', 'Hellbound', 'Nightbreed' and 'Candyman'. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.
The Barbarossas may be divinities, but their lives have been entangled with the all-too-human Gearys since the Civil War. It hasn't been a pretty collusion. Now, when it appears that both families are on the verge of splintering out of existence, Edward Barbarossa is enticed into writing the story of both clans, focusing on Galilee Barbarossa, the prodigal son. Unfortunately, while this book is closer to Barker's supernatural roots than was Sanctuary (LJ 7/96), it is also a meandering, self-indulgent novel that comes to no conclusions and never has a clear conflict. The reader is also denied a satisfying climax. Barker uses language eloquently, but his focus is earthy. Bodily functions of all sorts are detailed with reverence. However, fascinating and titillating descriptions don't make compelling reading over 600 pages. Buy where Barker's work is popular. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/98.]Ä Jodi L. Israel, Norwood, MA
'Galilee leaps through time and space to reveal an impressively majestic vision told in beautiful prose. A fantastic, engrossing war of the worlds' People Magazine 'An epic, classic saga' Daily Mirror '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' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
A family saga isn't what we'd expect from Barker (Sacrament), the most ambitious dark fantasist of our time, but that's what he delivers in his most elegant, and most conventional, novel yet. A Barker family saga is perforce unlike othersÄand so not only are two entwined families chronicled here but one, the Barbarossas, descends from voracious divinities, "two souls as old as heaven"; the other, the Gearys, are modeled roughly on the Kennedys. The story, an intricate mosaic of first-person and third, is narrated by the reclusive Maddox Barbarossa as a history he writes in the family manse hidden in the Virginia woods and designed long ago by Thomas Jefferson, one of his divine stepmother's countless lovers. Its canvas stretches from New York to Hawaii to the Middle East, from the "ancient day" when Maddox's half-brother, Galilee, was baptized through the American Civil WarÄduring which Galilee joins forces with the impoverished Southern founder of the Geary dynasty, whose cruelty and greed ensures the Gearys' immense wealth and power. Most of the story rests in the present, however, concentrating on the newest Geary, n‚e Rachel Pallenberg, who marries a callow Geary scion only to witness the outbreak of "war" between the Gearys and Barbarossas and to become the latest Geary woman to fall under the spell of the near-immortal, sexually mesmerizing Galilee. The novel's scale is smaller than that of previous Barker effortsÄmissing are the titanic battles of form vs. chaos, good vs. evil, the riot of wonders and terrors. But it's less cluttered, too, despite abundant inspiration and invention and satisfying smatterings of Barker-brand sex, scatology and violence. Above all, there is a new richness of character, of its warpings and transfigurations by hatred and love, blood legacy and death. $150,000 ad/promo; simultaneous HarperAudio; author tour; U.K., translation, dramatic rights: Clive Barker. (June)