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 ...
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' 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.
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This is actually the first book of what became a trilogy; ideally, one should read them all -- this book first, next, The Eye in the Door, and finally, The Ghost Road. Barker has taken a kernel of reality (several of her characters are based upon real individuals) and built a fictional work that conveys the utter pointlessness of World War I. It?s set in England, and most of it takes place in a psychiatric institution. Her style suits the book perfectly and her characterization and her study of those whose minds have become unbalanced by the brutality of the trenches is spot-on. She channels several brilliant men whom the average American does not know nearly well enough: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves and W. H. R. Rivers. (I'm guessing our friends across the pond are better acquainted with at least a couple of these guys.) Her own fictional creations are equally well-realized. This trilogy has spurred a renewed interest in World War I, and the poetry of that war, among non-academics.
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