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The Eye in the Door is the second installation of Pat Barker's acclaimed and haunting historical fiction trilogy about British soldiers traumatized by World War I trench warfare and the methods used by psychiatrist William Rivers to treat them. As with the other two, the book was recognized with awards, winning the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize. Here, Lieutenant Billy Prior is tormented by figuring out which side of several coins does he live -- coward or hero, crazy or sane, homosexual or heterosexual, upper class or lower. He represents the upheaval in Britain during the war and the severe trauma felt by its soldiers. The writing is sparse yet multilayered; Barker uses the lives of a few to capture an entire society during a tumultuous period. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the author of Regeneration comes the story of British society's struggles during WWI.
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People existing against a war background-normal people doing normal things whilst shouldering the burden of their experiences, their fears and societies norms and... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
THE EYE IN THE DOOR is the second installment in Pat Barker's marvelous Regeneration trilogy. In this volume the principle characters of Dr. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by S. Calhoun
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
This is #2 of the Pat Barker trilogy about World War I, and this second book is as important as anything you're going to read about war in this challenging season (fall '01). Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2001 by Maureen
I really believe that the most difficult task of any writer would be to write a historical novel, particularly one set during war years, that is fresh and void of cliche. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by Jan McGreger
If "Regeneration" were to be considered the story of Dr. Rivers and his patient Siegfried Sassoon, "The Eye In The Door" might be said to be the story of the same doctor and... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2000 by taking a rest
The first world war exerts a strange facsination for British writers. In recent years Alan Bleasdale (in television's The Monocled Mutineer), Sebastian Faulks, and Pat Barker,... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000
This middle book in Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy tends to get ignored in favour of the other two. Undeservedly so. Read morePublished on May 6 2000