Saturday, November 6, 2004

Clive Barker's Galilee (quotes)

I began having problems with my hormones/reproductive system when I was fifteen, but no one knew what was wrong with me. Six years later, when the disease began to cripple me, I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis. By the age of twenty-four, I was disabled and unable to walk because my appendix (which rests in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen) was wrapped around my liver (upper right quadrant of the abdomen). This was only one of the problems that I dealt with; Dr. Ken Sinervo allowed me the opportunity to live like a normal person again via excision surgery (I highly recommend him to other gals with Endometriosis) and then, while recovering, I read this book. Needless to say, I identified very strongly with Maddox Barbarossa. Here are some of the quotes that really hit home with me.

Clive Barker

"....sobbing gratitude to be relieved of an agony that had attended me so closely I'd forgotten how profound a hurt it was...."

"...But I was more fearful still of accompanying Marietta out beyond the perimeters of the house; of going back into the world after so many years. I was afraid, I suppose, of finding whatever lay out there now so overwhelming that I'd be like a lost child. I'd weep, I'd shake, I'd wet my pants. God knows, ridiculous as all these thoughts must seem to you, who live out there in the midst of things and presumably take all you see and experience for granted, they were very real concerns to me. I had been, you remember, a kind of willing prisoner of L'Enfant for so long that I had become like a man who has passed the bulk of his life in a tiny cell, and when he is released though he has dreamed of the open sky for decades cowers at the sight of it, in terror of being unconcealed by his prison walls."

"Beauty and music seduce us first; later, ashamed of our sensuality, we insist on meaning."

"I suppose, by the way, that in the creation of divinities we see the most revealing work of the human imagination, the most compelling evidence of the divine in man. Each is the others most illuminating labor."

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