Sacrament Living and dying we feed the fire Will Rabjohns perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species But after a terrible a

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  • Title: Sacrament
  • Author: Clive Barker
  • ISBN: 9780061091995
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Living and dying, we feed the fire Will Rabjohns, perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world, has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species But after a terrible accident, Will is left in a coma And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life asLiving and dying, we feed the fire Will Rabjohns, perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world, has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species But after a terrible accident, Will is left in a coma And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life as an artist and a man.When Will awakens, he sets out on a journey of self discovery one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret of his destiny.Soaring, provocative and passionate, Sacrament is a masterwork from the pen of one of today s moist acclaimed authors.

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    1. Even though it's well written and explores themes like the extinction of species, the sadness of killing off bloodlines because of homosexuality, plus the uselessness of immortality, the plot is convoluted & sometimes Barker suffers from the redundancy that plagues writers like his peer, S. King.I LOVE that Barker explores dreams within dreams logic: he compares it to Russian nesting dolls. Sometimes the protagonist dreams of the past, relives events, becomes a part of someone else's conscio [...]

    2. I keep circling typing in comments here because this book so totally blew my mind that I can't even begin to get my thoughts together.First we meet Will, a man in his forties who goes around the world photographing the conflicts between civilization and animals. He makes a mysterious trip to ask a man about two people, Jacob and Rosa. Shortly after this we get a flashback to when he was a boy, probably 12 or 13?, when he first encounters Jacob and Rosa. He makes a very strong connection with the [...]

    3. Clive Barker is one of our finest living writers; far more than a mere genre horror writer, he imbues his novels with a tangible sense of soul, as well as candid, often unnerving explorations of our darker impulses, fears, and passions. Forbidden sexuality, the quest for immortality, corruption of the soul and damnation are just a few of the themes that often haunt his work and in SACRAMENT, all of these themes are on display in what is arguably his most personal and lyrical novel to date.Will R [...]

    4. Whatever his flaws may be, there is no arguing the fact that Clive Barker is a visually stunning author. The scenes that he evokes in his writing will remain with one for years and linger long after any recollection of the plot has faded. I say this because I read this book on vacation over a decade ago. I remember devouring it, but I do not remember too much about the plot. I do however immediately recall lush scenes in a forest, a terrifying visual of a polar bear, a bedroom in San Francisco, [...]

    5. Barker always amazes me, because I think he's highly underrated. The prose is always so tight, and so effortlessly good (you don't feel him reaching, and therefor never trip over it). But what really impressed me about this book was the pacing: it's a longer one, and I've read books numbering this page count or less that dragged, or rushed over some things and lingered on others. But Barker knows just when to pull you away, to move on to something new to keep your interest at the same peaked lev [...]

    6. ****1/2Clive 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 [...]

    7. The difference between Clive Barker and other most popular fiction/horror writers of his time (for example King or Simmons), is that Barker is a poet in his heart, and as such, he is only able to write about things that mean a lot to him, that are intimate, hurtful, that lay heavy on his shoulders, and go deep through his thoughts. That is why it became apparent over time that Barker's motifs were repeating themselves, growing and fading away, and going around in circles, this tendency becoming [...]

    8. Clive is one of my favorite authors, and it's been quite a while since I've read him. Throughout half of Sacrament it wasn't the story or characters that drove me on, it was Barker's voice. He's one of those guys whose novels come across as easily as if he were across the table from me telling a story.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 [...]

    9. Wow. Clive Barker is a master. This novel is a truly meditative and breathtaking exploration of death, love, loss, forgiveness, and coming of age. It is a philosophical probe into our fears and hopes, and is an unapologetic reverie of sexuality, desire, and LIFE. This book is a commentary on the human experience. It took me a while to read this novel, mostly because I wanted to think about what I was reading, meditate on it, and relish the way Barker strung together his sentences. The imagery is [...]

    10. Clive Barker's Sacrament is a puzzle box, a mystery that begs to be solved. This novel stands apart in Barker's arsenal. It exudes a personal, contemplative aura. It cannot truly be considered horror or even fantasy. It might more accurately be regarded as something akin to magical realism. Those less-than-hardy readers who avoid books that contain blood and gore can read this book without fear of getting wet.Sacrament is a thinking person's novel. It is a novel that examines the past and forete [...]

    11. I find myself mostly ambivalent regarding this novel. It didn't keep my interest long. It rarely entertained me. 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 [...]

    12. The reader is introduced to Will Rabjohns, a photographer of soon to be extinct species. He has his deal of fame, an Englishman living in San Francisco and a gay.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 [...]

    13. A dark tale that skates around the ideas and principals of extinction, both individual and as an entire species. The storyline finds itself placed both in the gay bars of San Francisco and the rather different atmosphere of the Yorkshire Dales. The novel blends dark fantasy with a sprinkling of the exotic and erotic. The base of the story skirts between the physical world of mankind and the haunting and surreal world of the magical and fantastic. The book opens the doors to many questions for th [...]

    14. Really fantastic read. Barker proves once again how effortlessly he handles urban fantasy. I'm a big fan of his work and writing style and the types of characters he writes, and I felt like this book fully delivered on everything a fan would expect of him. I'm actually shocked now when I think of how little I'd heard about this book. That's one of the reasons I picked it up, because it seems to be the one Barker novel that no one talks about. But it's just as good, if not better, than the ones t [...]

    15. Odd that I haven't read a Clive Barker novel in years. This book reminded me why I used to read him on a regular basis. I believe I need to rekindle my reading affair with him again. If I wasn't eating, sleeping or writing, I was reading this book. 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.Haun [...]

    16. This is another supernatural novel by Clive Barker. The novel is about a homosexual (Yes. That is an important part of the novel.) photographer who had an encounter with two very odd people in his youth. After being mauled by a Polar Bear, the author's youthful encounter becomes important to him.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 [...]

    17. A mighty book, filled with the fantastic elements of Barker's later work (as opposed to the outright horror of his early books), but Sacrament has a story that I found much more relatable than Weaveworld, for example. His storytelling is at his peak here. To be honest, the last one hundred pages started to bore me, but then the last forty picked right back up. A bit of a strained travelogue isn't enough for me to rate this terrific tale less than five stars. Sacrament reminded me why I love Cliv [...]

    18. At first I didn't get into it very much, but by the end I was staying up all hours of the night to see what would come next. I tend to enjoy epic fantasy more than "low" fantasy, but the way Barker mixed the real human struggles of his characters with a fantastic reality just under the surface of it all gripped me as I never expected. This book also has its deep moments, where it gets you thinking about life and the meaning of it all. For me it was truly breathtaking, an excellent read!

    19. So far, Sacrament is Barker's best, fullest, most imaginative works. Once again highly recommended to all.

    20. Sacrament is a novel that touches on the frailty of life, aids, the extinction of species, what it means to be a man It's a book that reminds you to appreciate the world with all its beings, to appreciate them a little more, or at least not to take them for granted. As so often with Clive Barker it's difficult to place his work in specific genres, but I'd say it's a dark fantasy. And it's beautifully written, as always. I loved the main character, Will, with his honest and brave personality. Wil [...]

    21. SlashReaders: Alright so the excerpt doesn't really tell you much about this book. I actually found this one thoroughly fascinating if a bit confusing at points but once you get into it curiosity definitely drives you on to figure out exactly what is going on. And the story between the main character and his past lover is extremely touching. There are a couple of wonderful scenes in this book that are just and no I'm not talking about sex scenes. Mmm And I'm not going to ruin any more of the sto [...]

    22. Part horror (a very small part,) part fantasy, part environmental plea, it follows the evolution of Will Rabjohns from not very likable boy to a man searching for who knows what. He certainly doesn’t. But what happened to him that created most of the evolution, that sets the course of his life, is what makes up the major part of the book. It jumps smoothly from boyhood to adulthood and back, so that we learn who he is, why he is, and what he can become.While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I do [...]

    23. I almost set this one aside and that would have been a tragedy. I'll let you in on a little secret: I hadn't read a Clive Barker book before now. A story, I found in a Poppy Z. Brite compilation, sure, but not a whole book. And I also had no idea he had anything to do with Hellraiser until I was trying to see if he'd written some kind of sequel to this one.Colour me surprised. The story contained in these pages gripped me tight and wouldn't let me go. Even now I'm sure I share a bit of Lord Fox [...]

    24. Sacrament is a very good book. It was not a dissapointment at all, however, I did not like this as other Barker novels but still it was a good story. Its about a gay photographer who has been knocked into a coma by a bear and starts having dreams of his childhood. He recallects parts of his childhood when he meets a man named jocob that changed his life forever. After he awakes, he feels the need to find this man. This book is a story about coming to grips with your past and how it made you who [...]

    25. I love Clive Barker's work, but this is by far my favorite. Focusing solely on Will Rabjohns and his journey into the past, the depth of character is stronger here than in some of his other books; it feels as though some of the author's own history has helped to texture the character and his story. The villains are two of the most interesting I've ever read, immortal creatures bent on driving species into extinction (which is likely meant as a dark mirror image of humanity).If you like profound [...]

    26. Of the Barker books I have read, this one made the least impression on me. Part of that had to do with reader expectations: after some of this other books, I was not expecting this one to be quite so down to earth. Part of it had to do with the fact that I just couldn't make a connection with the book. That happens sometimes.

    27. What's creepy is that I was lying in bed trying to remember something other than the sense that I'd read this book -- all I could remember was a female and maybe animals -- and then the next day I was organizing old photos and found a picture I'd taken of my room in middle school, and this book lying on the bed. SCORE.

    28. This is a wonderfully woven tale of mystery, horror, and discovery. The characters are presented in a most powerful way. Their strengths, weaknesses, crimes, and passions are beautifully portrayed. There is love, sorrow, damnation, and redemption.I highly recommend this novel.

    29. This book sees an evolution of a writer. Barker grows in leaps and bounds from previous work. He is not just a horror writer or a fantasy writer. He can write anything he wants.Also we learn more about Barker here than in his Biography.

    30. Barker continues to blow me away with his unique narrative style and imagination. Sacrament is both chillingly and heart-breaking. I loved the darkness offset by the journey into an individual's foiled innocence. I superb read.

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