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Lauren risks his life to save a young man. Danny Miller was tried for murder as a ten-year-old on the basis of Tom's testimony. When Danny asks Tom to help him sort out his life beginning with his past Tom is drawn into a soul-searching reinvestigation of the child murderer's case.
Set in World War II, this novel is about 2 men divided by class and experience but sharing a mutual respect and empathy. One is Lieutenant Billy Prior, and the other is his doctor, Dr. William Rivers, who cured him of shell shock. Billy is determined to return to France while Dr. Rivers is consumed by the medical challenge and moral dilemma of restoring men to health so that they can be sent back to the battlegrounds and almost certain death. A Man Booker Prize winner.
In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World War I begins, Paul tends to the dying soldiers from the front line as a Belgian Red Cross volunteer, but the longer he remains, the greater the distance between him and home becomes. By the time he returns, Paul must confront not only the overwhelming, perhaps impossible challenge of how to express all that he has seen and experienced, but also the fact that life, and love, will never be the same for him again.From the Trade Paperback edition.
When an English officer declares he won't fight any more in WWI, he is sent to the hospital to be cured of his shell shock. Examines the psychological effects of war on everyone involved.
Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain's finest novelists with a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of the Regeneration trilogy and fans of Downton Abbey alike will be enthralled.The incomparable Booker Prize winner once again demonstrates her ability to eloquently convey simple, moving truths. The enormity of the war's impact--not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind--is poignantly expressed in her unflinching and elegant prose.
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