The Great and Secret Show (Book of the Art #1) by Clive BarkerClive Barkers bestseller Weaveworld astonished readers with his visionary range, establishing him as a master of fabulist literature. Now, with The Great and Secret Show he rises to new heights. In this unforgettable epic he wields the full power and sweep of his talents. Succinctly put, says Barker, its about Hollywood, sex and Armageddon.
Memory, prophecy and fantasy; the past, the future, and the dreaming moment between are all one country living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.
Armageddon begins with a murder in the Dead Letter Office in Omaha. A lake that has never existed falls from the clouds over Palomo Grove, CA. Young passion blossoms, as the world withers with war. The Great and Secret Show has begun on the stage of the world. Soon the final curtain must fall.
In this, the First Book of the Art, Barker has created a masterpiece of the imagination that explores the uncharted territory within our secret lives and most private hearts. Sprawling, ambitious, triumphantly magical and satisfying, The Great and Secret Show is what the rest of life is all about.
ISBN 13: 9780002234535
It was released in and it is the first "Book of the Art" in a trilogy, known as The Art Trilogy by fans. The novel is about the conflict between two highly evolved men — Randolph Jaffe and Richard Fletcher — over the mystical dream sea called Quiddity. Jaffe hopes to tap into Quiddity's power while Fletcher wants to prevent it from being tainted. The conflict between the two men spills into the real world in a decades-long feud, distorting reality and affecting the entire human race. While working in the dead letter office in Nebraska in , a disgruntled postal clerk named Randolph Jaffe discovers hints to a mysterious part of society known as "The Shoal" that are ostensibly practising what seems to be a form of magic only vaguely known as "The Art".
Buddy neither believed nor disbelieved his eyes: he simply stood before the experience as before feminine beauty, mesemerised. Only when the third round of laughter began did he grasp its direction, and start off at a run towards it, the light still vacillating. A few yards on he saw a movement ahead of him through the trees. Bare skin. A girl stripping off her underwear.
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