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Abaratby Clive Barker
Wildly imaginitive and superbly illustrated. Barker's snapshot-styled otherworldly adventure is ideal for intermittent reading and intriguing enough to avoid putting down. Highly entertaining.
Synopses & Reviews
A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold...
It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.
When the answer comes, it's not one she expects.
Welcome to the Abarat.
"[A] host of bizarre characters, a fabulous landscape, and a coherent underlying mythology....[His] paintings...are appropriately quirky, grotesque, and campy, effectively capturing and expanding on the nuances of the tale." Sally Estes, Booklist (Starred Review)
"[S]purs the imagination in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lord of the Rings....Barker has succeeded in creating the first significant imaginary world in the 21st century. (Grade: A)" Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News
"Barker's book keeps you effortlessly turning the pages, and the metaphor that underpins Abarat is always pushed front and center: childhood can be a stew of nightmares, and the only way to get out of it intact is by marshaling all the pluck, curiosity and good company you can." Dwight Garner, The New York Times Magazine
"You're eager to love this beautiful, heavy, richly coloured slab of a book. And, thankfully, it is easy to love....Above all, this is a deeply lovely catalogue of the strange....Abarat is a sumptuous and lovely thing. With beautiful pictures of monsters." China Miéville, The Guardian (U.K.)
"Skilled at fantasy, Barker throws plenty of thrills and chills at readers....The author's imagination runs wild as he conjures some striking imagery...and cooks up a surreal stew of character portraits..." Publishers Weekly
"Abarat is an intriguing creation, deserving of comparison to Oz....Barker pours out an utter phantasmagoria, ruled by the logic of dreams." Kirkus Reviews
"The rendering of the Abarat's locales, cultures, and mythology...allows readers to become quickly immersed in this beautiful and frightening world....This first book in a series of four sets the stage nicely for what is sure to be a rollicking, epic ride." School Library Journal
"This book is so sprawling, so full of life....Abarat is a treat for the eyes as well as the mind....Barker has created a dark world filled with mystery and enchantment. One day I hope to see this book as a classic. It is that amazing." Green Man Review
"[A] somewhat shapeless but memorably lunatic fairy tale....Abarat is a pleasant diversion, a novel with the unabashed eagerness of a good children's book and the mythopoeic depth of an adult novel." Tasha Robinson, The Onion A/V Club
Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., is about to embark on an epic journey that will change her boring life forever. Fate thrusts her over the magical threshold of a forgotten world, as she dives from a barren field in Minnesota into the enormous Sea of Izabella. From there she is swept to the twenty-five islands of the Abarat, a world like nothing she has ever seen...or has she? Candy encounters sorcery, mystery, and fantastical characters — both friend and foe — as she tries to piece together why she has come to this place, and why the evil Lord Carrion desperately wants to track her down.
Abarat is the first installment of the unprecedented The Books of Abarat. Over a hundred full-color images painted by Mr. Barker illuminate this remarkably imaginative text.
is about to unfold. . . .