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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.
The final book in the Regeneration Trilogy and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize. The Ghost Road is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the most senselessly savage of modern conflicts. In France, millions of men engaged in brutal trench warfare are all "ghosts in the making." In England, psychologist William Rivers, with severe pangs of conscience, treats the mental casualties of the war to make them whole enough to fight again. One of these, Billy Prior, risen to the officer class from the working class, both courageous and sardonic, decides to return to France with his fellow officer, poet Wilfred Owen, to fight a war he no longer believes in. Meanwhile, Rivers, enfevered by influenza returns in memory to his experience studying a South Pacific tribe whose ethos amounted to a culture of death. Across the gulf between his society and theirs, Rivers begins to form connections that cast new light on his--and our--understanding of war. Combining poetic intensity with gritty realism, blending biting humor with tragic drama, moving toward a denouement as inevitable as it is devastating, The Ghost Road both encapsulates history and transcends it. It is a modern masterpiece
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.
Regeneration is Pat Barker's classic, Booker-nominated novel of World War I and trauma. Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker's Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men. 'A brilliant novel. Intense and subtle' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times'A vivid evocation of the agony of the First World War and a multi-layered exploration of all wars. A fine anthem for doomed youth' Time Out'A novel of tremendous power' Margaret Forster 'Unforgettable' Sunday Telegraph'One of the strongest and most interesting novelists of her generation' Guardian Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, which has been filmed, The Eye in the Door, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize. The trilogy featured the Observer's 2012 list of the ten best historical novels. She is also the author of the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision, Life Class, and Toby's Room. She lives in Durham.
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.