Review: Weaveworld by Clive Barker

I am currently reading Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I picked up this copy from Oxfam books for 99p having spotted it on my list of top 1000 books. It is the first book that I have read in a while that has got me excited I have found it very hard to put down. Easy to read but still beautifully written and contains great depth. I believe it was an important book in the late 80’s and it has certainly not lost its importance today with the main attention being the fight between good and evil.

Weaveworld is the stuff of which classics are  made – a wonderous, magnificent carpet – into which a world has been woven. But as the carpet begins to unravel, Barker takes us to places where we have seldom been in fiction places terrifying and miraculous.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any story springs.
The threads can always be traced back to some earlier tale, and the tales that preceded that; though as the narrator’s voice recedes the connections will seem to grow more tenuous, for each age will want the tale told as if it were of its own making.”

“Maybe the man had taken the wrong turning, but at least he’d travelled some extraordinary roads.”#

“All had this in common: that if they returned from the Empty Quarter – even though their journey might have taken them only a day’s ride into that place – they came back changed men. Nobody could set his eyes on such a void and return to hearth and home without having lost a part of himself to the wilderness forever. Many, having endured the void once, went back, and back again, as if daring the desert to claim them; not content until it did. And those unhappy few who died at home, died with their eyes not on the loving faces at their bedside, nor on the cherry tree in blossom outside the window, but on that waste that called them as only the Abyss can call, promising the soul the balm of nothingness.”

“That which is imagined can never be lost.”

If you are looking for a new book to read or have this on your bookshelf pick it up right now!!!


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