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review 2016-09-15 00:00
The Regeneration Trilogy
The Regeneration Trilogy - Pat Barker Damn, I'm not sure about that end though it was telegraphed.
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review 2016-05-31 00:00
Regeneration - Pat Barker,Peter Firth Regeneration - Pat Barker,Peter Firth Early treatment of PTSD, the electrical treatments were harrowing, this follows Siegfried Sassoon and the psychologist who treated him after he publishes his declaration of protest against the continuation of the war. Features several characters from history.

Not a bad one but the narrator didn't really gel with me.
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review 2016-02-10 05:03
Noonday, by Pat Barker
Noonday: A Novel - Pat Barker

The iconic phrase from London’s Blitz was “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The media of the time gives us one version of life during one of the longest sustained bombing campaigns in history, of Londoners with cheerful grins giving Hitler the double fingers (usually metaphorically, because they are English) or serving up a cup of tea in an air raid shelter. The characters in Noonday, by Pat Barker, are not particularly calm and are not carrying on very well...


Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

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review 2015-08-27 09:02
Noonday - Pat Barker

This book is the last of a trilogy which I wasn't aware of, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage right away. However it was still eminently readable and I was drawn in immediately. Descriptions of what it was like to live through the war, the bombs, the damage, the fear. You could almost hear the sound of insects droning during the long hot summer. Another winner from Pat Barker! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

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review 2015-07-20 01:43
Border Crossing - Pat Barker

Synopsis: When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from suicide, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he had hoped to forget. For Tom already knows the young man as Danny Miller. When Danny was ten, Tom presented evidence that helped commit him to prison for the murder of the elderly Lizzie Parks. Danny, full of suppressed memory and now free from prison, turns to Tom to help him recount what really happened, and discover the truth.

Reluctantly, Tom is drawn back into Danny's world, a place where the border between good and evil, innocence and guilt are blurred and confused. But when Danny's demands on Tom become extreme, Tom wonders whether he has crossed the line between the professional and personal relationship, speculating upon, but never realizing, the perilous danger he is in until it is almost too late. 


I had such high hopes for this book. Back in April when I was on a female authors kick, I asked several bookworm friends who they recommended, and several said Pat Barker. Upon reading reviews online, I discovered Barker has been around since the '80s and is pretty popular -- at least in England. I checked book summaries of several of her novels and decided on Border Crossing, her 2001 novel that reminded me a bit of The Sixth Sense. I'm a fan of psychological study and recounts of childhood in fiction, and this book promised both. 


Sadly, I only got questionable -- at best -- psychology in spurts and almost no "hidden, dark secrets in childhood" elements that the synopsis promised. Needless to say I was very disappointed. 


The protagonist is Tom Seymour, a psychologist who is going through a bad divorce. During a stroll through the park, Tom sees a man about to jump into a river to commit suicide and saves him. As it turns out, this man -- Danny Miller -- is a guy Tom witnessed against thirteen years prior in court in Miller's murder trial. As a ten year old, Danny killed an old woman and now he's out of jail. The two meet up and decide to hold sessions, with Tom trying to help Danny get over the darkness of his past. 


.... and that's it. At only 215 pages, this book is scant and threadbare, providing only the littlest of details and not much else. I didn't feel for any of the characters; in fact, I pretty actively despised most of them. I didn't care about what they were going through -- Tom and his divorce, Danny going through the trauma of trudging up his past -- and found myself pushing through just so I wouldn't have a book on my shelf I hadn't finished. We only get to see Tom and Danny talk a couple of times, and those encounters are perfunctory and frustrating, with flat dialogue and boring revelations. 


I'm going to give this one two stars, if only because the book didn't bore me. It annoyed me, but it didn't bore me. It was easy to plow through, and the premise was interesting enough even if the author didn't deliver. 

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