Als Will hoort dat zijn vader in Engeland op sterven li ...more
Will R ...more
I LOVE that Barker explores dreams within dreams logic: he compares it to Russian dolls. Sometimes the protagonist dreams of the past, relives events, becomes a part of someone else's consciousness while he ...more
Clive Barker is not strictly a horror author, and I’m sure it’s been somewhat frustrating to him over his career to have carried this label years after writing his last true piece of horror fiction, Cabal, in 1988 (a case could be made, however, for Cold Heart Canyon [2001:] or Mister B. Gone [2008:], being horror). But his style of fantasy, even his children’s novels such The Thief of Always (1992) and the Abarat series (2002 and 2004), are so dark, and contain so many elements of horror ...more
After we take a look at the average day of the main character, Will falls into a coma. This acts as a way for Barker to shift our attention to Will's childhood. The reader goes over the major events that made Will into who he is now and builds the basis for the rest of the book. At the same time, it's uncertain how the book's present in ...more
Having said that, it's not the best I've read from him. Many critics have called Sacrament "the novel Barker had to write". This because the lead character is gay, and the story revolves around his ...more
The plot was interesting, but not fantastic or amazing by any means. It was a standard read, but I would really hope for more from this author. I also felt his necessity to be descriptive of some of the ...more
Let's just say I sat there weeping for the last 40 pages. Just the quiet "hey, why is my sight blurry" situation. A major plot reveal was given to the reader long before the end but I didn't pick up on the clues. There were actually a few of them.
Will Rabjohns is a photographer that specializes in animals and even more specifically the death of endangered animals. While he's out on a shoot Will is mauled by a polar bear and winds up in a coma where we, as his audience, are treated to the chronicle of Will's young teen years. After the death of his brother and the family moving to a new town Will meets Jacob Steep and Rosa McGe ...more
Sacrament is a thinking person's novel. It is a novel that examines the past and forete ...more
Quando si finisce questo libro si ha la sensazione di aver scoperto un lato nascosto dell'universo.
Will Rabjohns è un fotografo divenuto famoso grazie alla pubblicazione di raccolte da lui curate di fotografie di animali morti ed in via di estinzione. E' omosessuale (quindi di per sé è cosciente che la sua stirpe non avrà una continuità perché non ci sarà la prole), ricco e con interessi che si spingono oltre il tangibile. Questa curiosità per ciò che c'è oltre lo porterà a far conosce ...more
Will Rabjohns is a nature photographer who documents the last specimens of creatures that are heading towards extinction. He is also a gay man, dealing with the deaths of many of his gay friends f ...more
Ignore the blurb, ...more
Also we learn more about Barker here than in his Biography.
Will Rabjohns è un famosissimo fotografo che ha raggiunto la celebrità ritraendo animali in punto di morte e disastri naturali. Gay dichiarato, conduce un'esistenza solitaria in un elegante appartamento di San Francisco, quando non è in giro per il mondo a caccia di foto. Durante una spedizione nella Baia di Hudson, Will e i suoi collaboratori vengono attaccati da un gigantesco orso bianco: il fotografo entra in coma per le gravi ferite, e durante il periodo di incoscienza rivive uno strano e sa...more
As a general rule, almost anything Barker writes he does so with such a unique and powerful voice that even when moments become ho-hum (like 200 pages of unnecessary ghost sex in Coldheart Canyon), I still can enjoy it. In reality, Sacrament feels like it is two books; the coma-provoked childhood memory of Will Rabjohns, and then the barely connected thread of his childhood, umm, *oppressors* or *friends* coming to hunt him ...more
Sacrament is the first Clive Barker novel I've read in over two decades. It wasn't what I expected.
Because of his early work, Mr. Barker is too easily dismissed as a horror writer, albeit one who incorporates a greater portion of magic and fan ...more
And while the book is rather slow, due to its very Barker-like approach to storytelling (loooong introductions, wide ranging narrative that adheres to its own chronology, complex mythology that is only explained later, if at all), it is one of his best written books.
It certainly isn't a classic but I gather ...more
Basically it is the story of a man who as a boy in Yorkshir ...more
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So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.”