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Regeneration, one in Pat Barker's series of novels confronting the psychological effects of World War I, focuses on treatment methods during the war and the story of a decorated English officer sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Yet the novel is much more. Written in sparse prose that is shockingly clear -- the descriptions of electronic treatments are particularly harrowing -- it combines real-life characters and events with fictional ones in a work that examines the insanity of war like no other. Barker also weaves in issues of class and politics in this compactly powerful book. Other books in the series include The Eye in the Door and the Booker Award winner The Ghost Road. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
In 1917, decorated British officer and poet Siegfried Sassoon wrote a declaration condemning the war. Instead of a court-martial, he was sent to a hospital for other "shell-shocked" officers where he was treated by Dr. William Rivers, noted an thropologist and psychiatrist. Author Barker turns these true occurrences into a compelling and brilliant antiwar novel. Sassoon's complete sanity disturbs Dr. Rivers to such a point that he questions his own role in "curing" his patients only to send them back to the slaughter of the war in France. World War I decimated an entire generation of European men, and the horrifying loss of life and the callousness of the government led to the obliteration of the Victorian ideal. This is an important and impressive novel about war, soldiers, and humanity. It belongs in most fiction collections.
- C. Christopher Pavek, National Economic Research As socs. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Real people experiencing real things and the horrors of war. Well written; a great read!!!!! * * * * *.Published 12 months ago by Michael Anthony
When the First World War broke out, most people assumed it would be over in a few months as their nation (whichever one that was) sent the others packing. Read morePublished on March 13 2008 by Donald Mitchell
Absurdly overrated, and I am wondering what kind of bigwig muckety-muck connections Ms. Barker has in the publishing industry which allows for such mediocre material to receive... Read morePublished on June 3 2004
This is definately my favourite book! From the minute i picked it up, i did not want to put it down. I was surprised by its content and found it utterly compelling. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by Phoebe
I wanted to like this book. I can't say that I didn't try. But after the first hundred pages or so, I still could not get interested in the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by A
This book deserved the praise it has received. It is horrifying at times and incredibly clear-eyed about the situation the characters find themselves in. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Carper
Barker's novel is a most impressive anti-war novel, wonderfully written and meticulously accurate in its characters' psychoanalysis. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by Thomas Dignazio
Pat Barker's magnificent trilogy is not only a profound contribution to our literature on the First World War - it is also one of the most distinguished works of contemporary... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Steven Reynolds