Etant un fan de Barker ,pourtant je n'ai pas aimé. trop descriptif, ennuyeux. et j'ai lu les deux volumes. De très bonnes idées. Trop peu d'action.1200 pages pour arriver à cette fin, je suis très déçu. Mais je fais toujours confiance à L'auteur pour d'autres lectures. Mais je pense que ce livre pourrait faire une bonne adaptation tv.
Oubliez tout ce que vous avez pu lire ou voir, et préparez vous au plus extraordinaire des voyages. Des personnages complexes et attachants, des décors à vous couper le souffle, une intrigue déboussolante, une imagination débordante et surprenante, le tout conté en une prose riche et enivrante. Un chef d'oeuvre incontournable du fantastique. A lire, et à surtout, à relire!
5,0 sur 5 étoilesThe most original fantasy I've read in a long time.
25 novembre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Imajica" is the most original fantasy I've read in a long time. The worlds of the Imajica are different than any I've encountered. Yes, there are some large cities, and there are holy men, and both tribal and farming communities. However, the native races of these worlds are unique, as are the gods.
At the center of the story is Gentle, an artist and playboy who, when not living off one rich girlfriend or another, makes his money creating paintings that get attributed to famous artists of the past. Gentle remembers only about ten years of his life and rarely questions this.
Events begin to conspire to take Gentle away from Earth, known as the Fifth Dominion, through the other dominions and to astonishing discoveries that impact the fate of the entire Imajica, Earth and its sister worlds.
I will give nothing more away, as every new wrinkle in the story presents new surprises and often delights. You may think you know where the story is going, but chances are, Clive barker is at least a step ahead of you. You'll find surprises right up to the end.
The main characters are believable and richly drawn. Even the best of them has some darkness, and even the most evil have some redeeming qualities.
You'll find terrifying creates called Oviates, a few strange new races, and unexpectedly human gods.And yes, the story has some graphic sex scenes, sometimes touching, sometimes raunchy, sometimes outright bizarre.
If you love long, epic tales you can lose yourself in, give "Imajica" a shot.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesIt’ll Stretch Your Vocabulary and Your Imagination
5 mai 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
How would you react if you discovered that almost everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? This is one of the many questions that Clive Barker asks in the multi-layered, richly imaginative world of Imajica.
This was my favorite book during my formative years as a teen and in my early-20s. I’ve just read it against for the first time in almost 20 years, and it’s even better than I remembered.
The Imajica is made up of five dominions. Earth is the fifth, and it’s unreconciled from the rest of the dominions. This is a rift that’s existed for thousands of years, and every Maestro throughout history has strived to work together to bring about the reconciliation. Unfortunately, this magical ritual can only be performed once every 200 years, and every previous attempt as backfired.
Now, a couple of unwitting people (Gentle and Judith) will be pulled into an adventure beyond their wildest dreams. In the Imajica, they’ll meet a diverse group of beings, ranging from a wonderful ‘person’ that’s gender fluid to others that have hands for a head.
This book also includes a fascinating look at several topics, including religion, the motivation of Gods and Goddesses, the eternal struggle between men and women, and the most important thing of all: love.
Although Barker is well-known as a horror author, this is a fantasy through and through that merely happens to have a few horrific moments.
There’s only one part of the entire story that doesn’t completely work for me, but I can’t discuss it without spoiling an important plot line. Fortunately, this minor aspect of a bigger part of the story wasn’t distracting enough to detract from what is otherwise one of the most entertaining stories of all time.
Note: If you’re reading the Kindle edition with the appendixes and indexes, do not click on the highlighted words during your first read-through unless you want parts of the story to be spoiled before they’re revealed in the narrative.
I finally finished the book cover to cover after starting and re-starting it multiple times over the last few years. I am generally a Clive Barker fan. For instance, "The Great and Secret Show" is one of my favorite books of all time. For me, one of the things to overcome in Imajica, and one of the reasons that I had so many false starts on the book, is that the main protagonist is fairly seriously flawed (i.e. actually "human") but that also made it difficult for me to develop a sense of empathy for he or the other female protagonist. Once I let go of worrying about the morality and ethics of the two main characters, things got better! The writing is colorful and descriptive, constructing worlds that are believable and interesting. The fact that there is no clear, bright line of "good" and "evil" can be a little off-putting, but in the end makes the overall tone of the book more believable. I enjoyed it immensely in the end and will likely re-read to pick up on details that I surely missed the first time around.
This classic tale of love both unrequited and unreturned has been reinvented by an author better known for his chilling tours into the nightmare territories of demons. But truly horror is just barely scratching the surface of what Clive Barker has to offer. His artistry is far flung into the realms of magic, love, torment, love, desire, love and hate. Humanity is a rich tapestry filled with beauty and corruption. Clive Barker peels back the corner of the mask and exposes the underlying monster or angel. Imajica is filled with light and dark, beauty and rot. I have never tired of traveling there.