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Sacrament (1996)

af Clive Barker

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Dyrefotografen Will Rabjohns ligger i koma efter en ulykke og genoplever underbevidst sin ungdom. Da han vågner op går han på opdagelse i sig selv.

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Like many of my generation, I went through a Clive Barker phase when I was a teenager. The Hellraiser movies, Nightbreed, Candyman; his novels, The Great and Secret Show and Imajica. He defined dark and edgy for me, and he was much cooler than Stephen King.

Sacrament was the first new-to-me Clive Barker novel I’d 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 fantasy than most. This has never been entirely fair—his best novels have always been more than just horror, as fantastical as they are horrible, works of unfettered imagination.

Sacrament casts off any chains previously tying Mr. Barker to the horror genre. There's darkness in it, and danger, but it's definitively not a horror novel.

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what sort of novel this is. I'm not even sure that's the right question to ask. Perhaps magical realism comes closest.

Like much of his work, Sacrament is fascinated by the relationship between reality and illusion, between the mind and dreams, between perception and meaning. Ultimately, it's obsessed with the relationships people have with each other, and the power these relationships have to define our world.

However, compared to his earlier work, Sacrament is more explicitly grounded in real, present day issues (present day for 1996, when it was released). Mr. Barker is concerned here with environmentalism and gay culture. He clearly wants to make a statement about our responsibility to the planet and to each other.

This book is overtly spiritual—it's a clearer expression of his Christian faith than his previous work.

Mr. Barker's writing style tends to be rather florid. As I get older, I find I have less patience for over-written stories. Too often, authors resort to overwrought language in an attempt to present their work as more significant than it really is.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mr. Barker's writing style didn't bother me. Indeed, his floridness is somehow perfectly appropriate to the story. His vision is so complete, so clear, so compelling, it needs no help to achieve significance. His language comes across not as a crutch, but as an honest attempt to describe that vision as accurately as possible.

Ultimately, though, Sacrament isn't his best work. It won't sit on the shelf next to Imajica or The Great and Secret Show when people assess Mr. Barker's literary legacy. Which is too bad, because I get the feeling that Sacrament may be one of his most personal books. I think he wanted this one to really mean something. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
This was an absolutely fabulous read! Yet again, Barker astounds me with his use of language, weaving plot-lines, and adept and revealing characterizations of people who you actually are interested in and want to know about. This was a passionate, jarring, and emotional novel that throws off the shackles than contemporary fiction sometimes places on itself and instead goes for the heart and the mind at the same time. Any reader should view this as an astounding piece of art- for that is what it is. I was blown away by this and I intend to keep working on Barker's oeuvre.

4.5 stars- and very well deserved! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Jul 21, 2019 |
Maybe I'm not smart enough. I read this hoping to "get it" the whole time. I never did. There are some interesting and unusual spots, to say the least. I'm not sure i would recommend it. I donated it to the library at the retirement center where I work. i am hopeful no one saw me do it. ( )
  melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
His most personal book to date. He exorcised a lot of demons with this one. My second favorite writer...but this one fell flat with me. ( )
  Joe73 | Mar 26, 2018 |
This was the first Clive Barker book i have read. I liked the book although there were points were it slowed down and was hard to continue, but there were points were you didn't want to put it down. over all i enjoyed the book and will read more of his work. ( )
  cbloky | Oct 16, 2017 |
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