Regeneration by Pat Barker
(CONTEMPORARY FICTION, PLUME)

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"Poor all of them": just the response that we, as readers, might now easily feel. Barker's achievement is to make us sense the inadequacy of this sympathy.
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 "The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" –Pat Barker

The first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee
 
In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.
 
One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe.  As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever.
 

About Pat Barker

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PAT BARKER has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), and The Ghost Road (winner of the 1995 Booker Prize). The latter three novels are available in Dutton hardcover and Plume paperback editions. Pat Barker lives in Durham, England.
 
Published July 1, 1993 by Plume. 260 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Mullan on Sep 07 2012

Quite a few questions tested the novelist's own responses to the attitudes of soldiers...The novelist answered with the confidence of a historian who knew her primary sources.

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Aug 24 2012

Having recreated a world rather than inventing it, the novelist needs licence to see it from an angle that no amount of historical research could provide. Billy Prior gives her that angle.

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Aug 17 2012

"Poor all of them": just the response that we, as readers, might now easily feel. Barker's achievement is to make us sense the inadequacy of this sympathy.

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