- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe edition (31 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596065958
- ISBN-13: 978-1596065956
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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Welcome to the world of Chiliad, an astonishing two-part novella by the incomparable Clive Barker. A brilliantly composed narrative filled with unforgettable images, this visionary meditation on time, history, and human suffering is surely one of Barker's most distinctiveand distinguishedcreations.Chiliad consists of two interrelated stories, stories filtered through the melancholy imagination of a narrator perched on the banks of a river that flows backward and forward through time. The first movement, Men and Sin, takes place in the millennial year of 1000 AD. The second, A Moment at the River's Heart, occurs exactly one thousand yearsthe length of a chiliadlater, as the new millennium approaches. At the heart of these stories are two savage, seemingly inexplicable atrocities, each of which reaches across the centuries to reflect and connect with the other. As the narratives unfold and time becomes increasingly permeable, Barker creates a dark, sorrowful portrait of the ancient human capacity for cruelty and destruction. Writing always with lucidity and grace, he addresses a host of universal concerns, among them the power of guilt and grief, and the need to find signs of meaning in the chaos that surrounds us. In the process, he examines the endless chain of consequences that inevitably proceed from a single act of violence.At once hugely expansive and deeply personal, Chiliad is a compact masterpiece, a resonant reminder of Barker's ability to create fictional worlds that enrich and illuminate our own.
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The Irrationality Of Violence And Its Consequences........13 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
This book surprised me. I have read and enjoyed many of Clive Barker's other works, but this one is of a very different stripe. The thread, travelling within a tale woven (or indeed, is it?) by a writer who in perpetuity, observes a river that flows backwards and forwards in time. The interconnection of violence, of violent acts begetting other violence, other violent acts, passed forward and backward, consequences seemingly unstoppable. I won't spoil anything with specifics here, but the multiple characters journeys here (created by the writer, or merely observed?) encompass tragedy, loss, and the quest for retribution. Or is it redemption? The Chiliad is the thousand year period when Christ will return to create His theocracy on the terrestrial plane of the earth. The irrationality of violence begets the revelation of the need for redemption, for the blind irrationality can often misplace guilt, or be visited upon others that are not guilty of the atrocity the retribution is meant to answer. The one that delivers the blow can in the end, turn out to be not so different from the one upon whom it is struck. This is thought provoking reading, in the most evocative sense. A river well and truly worth diving into.
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Barker is a King27 February 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
A fantastic pair of related tales, originally bookending the anthology 999' I love the narrators voice here and am excited at a second chance to read these. I will read anything that Barker has to offer.
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Beautiful!9 November 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
It was beautifully written as all of Barker's books are, however there was a lack of direction that he's never possessed before. In this lack of direction there is a certain charm of the middle aged and wondering mind searching for the passion of youth as many of us do after reaching our thirtieth year of life. So once again praise to a master of our craft.
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Douglas L. Erickson
Easily Clive Barker's mest modern work26 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Easily Clive Barker's best modern work, and a sore sight more advanced than his jaded, apahetic "The Scarler Gospels". Where "The Scarlet Gospels" is an unambitious and cliched (bu\y his own standards) refudiation of his fans and their misguided expectations, "Chiliad" shows glimmers of his haunting best, where he unfolds a cruel mirror of our own bestial hindbrains.
A beautiful short walk through the mind of Clive Barker.4 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I truly enjoyed reading Chiliad. I found the ending a bit rushed and would have preferred a touch more, but that is the drawback of a novella.