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SACRAMENT

Barker, Clive.

ISBN 10: 006017949X / ISBN 13: 9780060179496
Published by HarperCollins., NY:, 1996
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Autographed plate by Barker laid in loose. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1613

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Title: SACRAMENT

Publisher: HarperCollins., NY:

Publication Date: 1996

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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Synopsis:

As a child, Will Swift encounters ancient, evil forces that reveal certain secrets of life to him, and as an adult, Will discovers that the forces have come back for him and most of life on Earth. By the author of Everville. 125,000 first printing. $175,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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A boy has an encounter with a man who causes extinctions of other species, so he grows up to be a man who documents (and thus appeals for a halt to) those extinctions. This dark fantasy tale is unlike Clive Barker's other recent ones: it is more tightly plotted, and more of this world. In a sequence of well-executed stories within stories (comparable to Russian dolls), Barker unfolds a compelling examination of what it means to be human, to be a man, and to be a gay man--on a planet where aging, disease, and death bring "the passing of things, of days and beasts and men he'd loved." A satisfying long novel packed with vivid images, memorable characters, and a melancholy mood that reaches for hope.

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