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Toby's Room - Pat Barker
Toby's Room
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Pat Barker, Booker prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy returns to WWI in this dark, compelling novel of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship.Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912... show more
Pat Barker, Booker prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy returns to WWI in this dark, compelling novel of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship.Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917.When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor's fellow student Kit Neville was there in the fox-hole when Toby met his fate, but has secrets of his own to keep. Enlisting the help of former lover Paul Tarrant, Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room.Moving from the Slade School of Art to Queen Mary's Hospital, where surgery and art intersect in the rebuilding of the shattered faces of the wounded, Toby's Room is a riveting drama of identity, damage, intimacy and loss from the author of The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road . It is Pat Barker's most powerful novel yet.Praise for Pat Barker:'A brilliant stylist . . . Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation' Sunday Telegraph'Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human' The Herald'Barker is brilliant on the conflicts between art, love and war' Marie Claire'Barker writes . . . with great tenderness and insight, and a daring to forgo simple resolutions' Independent on SundayPat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, which was made into a film of the same name, The Eye in the Door, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize. She is also the author of the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision and Life Class. She lives in Durham.
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Format: kindle
ISBN: 9780141924212
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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staciebnsn
staciebnsn rated it
This book was weird. I thought it was going to be about this woman's quest to find out what happened to her brother (events take place during WWI), which did happen...However, in setting up this relationship at the beginning of the novel the author made some, shall we say, interesting choices, and I...
halfmanhalfbook
halfmanhalfbook rated it
4.0 Toby's Room
I had never heard of Pat Barker before, and read this as a monthly book group read.It is a sad story about a brother an sister, who share a very dark secret, and is set just before the First World War. The family they come from is slightly dysfunctional, but fairly well to do, and Elinor has a tempe...
carey
carey rated it
Harrowing stuff, although for me some of the characters (especially Toby) not fleshed out enough to be bothered about and some of her techniques (dream sequences for instance...) i found weak, but once again she brings the emotions and horrors of WW1 vividly to life and the main storyline - althoug...
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