The great and secret show : the first book of the art / Clive Barker.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st HarperPerennial ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: For the first time in trade paperback, this superb novel is being released tocoincide with the December 1999 hardcover publication of "The Essential CliveBarker: Selected Fiction." Includes a new Introduction by the author.
    • Notes:
      "First published in Great Britain in 1989 by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd."--T.p. verso.
    • ISBN:
      9781448733118
      006093316X
      9780060933166
      0060162767
      9780060162764
    • Accession Number:
      ocm43795370
      43795370
    • Accession Number:
      fay.463607
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BARKER, C. The great and secret show : the first book of the art. [s.l.] : HarperPerennial, 1999. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Barker C. The Great and Secret Show : The First Book of the Art. HarperPerennial; 1999. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607. Accessed September 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Barker, C. (1999). The great and secret show : the first book of the art. HarperPerennial. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Barker, Clive. 1999. The Great and Secret Show : The First Book of the Art. HarperPerennial. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607.
    • Harvard:
      Barker, C. (1999) The great and secret show : the first book of the art. HarperPerennial. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607 (Accessed: 16 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Barker, C 1999, The great and secret show : the first book of the art, HarperPerennial, viewed 16 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Barker, Clive. The Great and Secret Show : The First Book of the Art. HarperPerennial, 1999. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Barker, Clive. The Great and Secret Show : The First Book of the Art. HarperPerennial, 1999. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Barker C. The great and secret show : the first book of the art [Internet]. HarperPerennial; 1999 [cited 2019 Sep 16]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.463607

Reviews

LJ Reviews 1990 January #1

Englishman Barker's latest novel, the first part of a trilogy, is an ambitious fantasy/horror fusion of dazzling scope which stands alone as a complete story. Nebraska postal clerk Randolph Jaffe works in the Dead Letter Room, opening and inspecting loads of undeliverable U.S. mail. Soon, through a series of cryptic dead letters, he taps into an ethereal network of mysterious revelations which provides access to enormous power channels. The customary battle of light forces versus dark forces commences, with greedy Jaffe heading the latter, and mad yet philanthropic scientist Richard Fletcher representing the former. Despite occasional and convenient lapses into nonsensical elements of fantasy which characterize too much of the genre, this original, intelligent treatment of a complex idea by the author of The Damnation Game ( LJ 5/15/87) and Weaveworld ( LJ 10/15/87) is amazingly believable and compulsively readable. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/89.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal'' Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

PW Reviews 1989 December #4

Early in his new epic novel, Barker describes the thoughts of one of his characters as ``barbaric and baroque''--and the words fairly sum up the book. Down-and-outer Randolph Jaffe works in the dead-letter office in Omaha. Reading through the mass of mail, he finds clues to an alternative reality, the laws of which are called ``the Art.'' Mastering these principles, he becomes powerful but evil, and presses into service a man named Fletcher, who synthesizes a transforming drug, the Nuncio. Later understanding the corrupting nature of his creation, Fletcher rebels against Jaffe, and the two, now demigods, engage in a cosmic struggle. To enlist allies, each sires offspring (using the seed of mortal men), and their spiritual children help to carry on the bizarre battle. Though diverting, the novel is something of a potboiler, and despite its pervasive horrific imagery, it fails even to frighten us--or invite us to suspend disbelief. This is the first book of a projected trilogy. 100,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; Preferred Choice Book plan main selection; author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.