Galilee: A Novel of the Fantastic

Galilee: A Novel of the Fantastic

by Clive Barker
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Galilee 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Galilee is a very engrossing tale of romance, adventure and intrigue with a touch of the supernatural. The heart of the story is very Romeo and Juliet. Two very powerful families are at war. Family Geary is one of the wealthiest society families in America. Family Barbarossa is the oldest family, living secluded in a swamp in a house that Thomas Jefferson built for them. When Rachael Geary and Galilee Barbarossa fall in love....the tale gets really interesting. And I forgot to mention.....the Barbarossa family are more than human. They are on a scale with Gods and Goddesses. This book takes us from modern day New York City to ancient Samarkand. From the American Civil War where the foundation between Geary and Barbarossa was built to the shores of a Hawaiian island where the Geary women go to be "serviced" by Galilee Barbarossa. This is such an epic tale that I haven't even begun to tell you what it's about. I'll leave it at that. Clive Barker's writing is so imaginative and full of life. His characters are so unique and eccentric. In Galilee, Barker weaves tales from many time periods featuring some truly bizarre people and scenarios that are unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Galilee, Clive Barker attempted to mix a passionate love story with an epic adventure and a dash of the supernatural. Unfortunately, his success was only minimal. The characters were flat and unable to entice much attachment from the reader. The love between Rachel and Galilee seemed forced-the effect of intense lust rather than passion and adoration. The epic story of the two families was interesting, though some loose threads were left in a faintly masked opening for a sequel. However, above all else, the supernatural dash was the most disappointing. Throughout the book, the writer claims that he wishes he could share knowledge with us so frightening, ground-shattering, and sky-collapsing that hearing just the most superficial details would drive us instantaneously mad. So he doesn't share any of it. Come on! Titillate my sanity just a little!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst barker book
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Yes I'm a Barker fan, but this book had me completely enraptured. Though tagged as a 'soap opera-esque' plot, it is just as magical and wonderful as one of his fantasies like Imajica or Weaveworld. At the novels heart is a tragic love story that conjures a bizarre but delightful combination of the history of the Kennedy's and Romeo and Juliet. Barker, as usual, takes you to another world that is somehow part of our own...I didn't want this story to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Clive's best novel to date (and, yes, I have read Weaveworld). Incredible plot progression and character/relationship depth. And, as always with Barker, the magic is so incredibly base and visceral. It wipes the grime from our reality and beautifies those dirty little corners of our primal thoughts. Fully believable despite the fantastic visions of the author. You must not miss this novel if you are a Clive Barker fan. Just don't let the open ending disappoint you. If I understand correctly, there is more to come with this one, which makes it all the more succulent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story that warrants a sequel. I don't think its over yet...
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent novel of drama, dark humor, adventure, romance, and suspense. Clive Barker made a novel of great entertainment!