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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (February 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061092002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061092008
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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 soft-pedals the ghoulish in favor 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 centers 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

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 othersAand 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 WarAduring 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 effortsAmissing 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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Written beautifully, as always, Barker develops an excellent story.
redvines@home.com
It is way too many pages of no plot, no characters, no setting, no reason to read.
Joe Mellott (joe.mellott@wcom.com)
I was hooked for the first half of the book but then I just wanted to finish it.
Mark

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Travis Huffman on January 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Clive Barkers work and have read a large part of his collection. After reading Galilee, it is easily one fo my favorites. Once you begin to read, you immediately become immersed in the lives of the novel's narrator and those characters that he chronicals. The novel involves two families; The Gearys and the Barbarossas. They have been in contempt of each other for over one hundred and fifty years. The Barbarossas are an ancient clan who's mother and father originated with the creation of Earth and have the ability to seemingly live forever. The Geary's are a dynasty of American royalty that came into power following the civil war. Their lives are then intertwined by one person; Galilee Barbarossa. The book is lavish in its detail of sex and violence. Once you pick it up, it will be hard to put down. It seems that in no portion of this novel that it drags on. This is a must read for fans of history, intrigue, romance, and the inside lives of the rich and powerful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've been a big Clive Barker fan since the early nineties and have consumed his novels as the are released. As his works progressed, Barker's interests in subject matter have shifted from pure splatter punk/relentless horror to more metaphysical matters. "Galilee" is a good book. It shows Barker's exploration of a what many of his fans may consider a foreign genre. This is not "The Damnation Game" or "Books of Blood" territory. Barker tells a story of two families, the Barbarossas, a clan of near immortals, and the Gearys, a bunch of influential aristocrats who draw resemblences to the Kennedys. Both have been linked together since the Civil War and now come to a great change when love is thrown into the fray between the Barbarossa's prodigal son, Galilee, and the Geary's newest member, Rachel Pallenberg. The story is very rich, very grand in scale and made up of complicated matters. Barker's prose is still extrodinary and I think it is still improving with each novel he writes. The only complaint I had with this novel is the ending. It is rumored that we may return to see what happens to the two families in another novel, but I was hoping for a little more closure. Barker opened many doors to this story, but he unfortunately does not clearly explain what we're seeing through these doors. It's as if looking at an image through a pane of glass smeared with grease. This is especially true with the back story of the Barbarossa family, particularly of the narrator, Maddox, who touches upon certain events on his life but fails to follow through. This may, however, serve as a poignant part to the novel's narrative since the subject that Maddox treads upon is difficult for him, in character, to discuss.Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Williams on September 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have always seen Clive Barker novels sitting alongside novels by Anne Rice and Stephen King at airport bookshops and, as such, have been relatively disinclined to spend my cash and time reading them.
However, during a stop at London's Gatwick airport I was thumbing through the usual selection of Turow, Grisham, and Crichton when I noticed this book sitting out of place next to the aforementioned.
Picking it up, I was first impressed by the size of the book. "Alas", I thought, "This must be some tale". Turning the book over, I read the covernotes and was instantly drawn to the concept of these two warring families. A hinting towards the supernatural intrigued me and I realized that, upon reading this epic, I may not find myself swallowed into some goreish nightmare.
I put the book down and bought a Grisham novel.
A few weeks later, I was back at Gatwick airport and with the repulsive thought of another 6 hours air time ahead of me, I sauntered back into the bookstore. My mental association sprung into action and I picked up Galilee and walked straight for the counter.
Before the aircraft doors had been closed, I had already started reading the tale of the Gearys and the Barbarossas and soon found myself completely immersed in the world that was being weaved around me.
It is plain to see the value of writing a story from a fictional storytellers persepective. With a novel of this size and complexity, it is refreshing for the reader to be taken back into the home of the fictional writer and listen to his ramblings which, as well as being highly entertaining, contain some very significant plot markers.
However, the bulk of the story revolves around the potential battle between the Gearys and the Barbarossas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andrew.s.spencer@flemings.com on May 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
So that was it? The linkage between the families due to a few debts of honor the ageless Galilee had acquired. He couldn't let down the first Geary or his wife, but he could carry out multiple murders presumably indefinitely which left him morally bereft? Seems like the honorable thing to do was to tell the Geary's to forget it and avoid slaughtering countless innocents. In other words the reasons for the linkage were implausible given the make up of the Galilee character, especially given the experiences he must have had in over 2000 years of existence. Meanwhile the Gearys have no henchmen, for multimillionaires one would think a few thugs make be available to them, but no they do everything themselves, unlikley. The prevarication in the narration, the multiple allusions to future events infuriated me. The book was like wading through literary treacle. Painful, I shall not be buying the sequel. Good things....useful description, some good characterisations, but the central premise of the warring families does not have enough root cause.
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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