Barker, Pat

(Book - 20131231)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"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.
Publisher: Plume Books 20131231
ISBN: 0142180599


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Jun 02, 2014
  • mmechef rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While Ghost Road won the Booker, and I love all three books in the trilogy, I think this is the best book of all of them. Absolutely brilliant and beautifully written. I can't recommend this enough.

Jan 29, 2014
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a terrific book. Set in 1917 in a psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of shell shock, it focuses on the relationship between the head psychiatrist (Rivers) and his patients. A humanist, Rivers is in a quandary as he is obligated to coax his patients back to 'sanity' so they can return to the front. But isn't a breakdown that removes one from such a war a truly sane reaction? Tellingly, Rivers begins to exhibit some of the PTSD symptoms that he finds in his patients, particularly as he gains sympathy with their point of view. The dehumanizing cruelty of another practitioner's treatment of such patients (Yealland), comes as a real shock late in the novel.

Many of the characters are fictionalized versions of real people (Dr. Rivers, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, Dr. Yealland) while others are purely invented. Barker has done a great job of blending the historical facts into the narrative. You'll want to include this in your reading list of WWI literature as we approach the hundredth anniversary of its commencement.

I loved this novel. It actually made me see poetry from a whole new perspective. To this day, Wilfrid Owen is my favourite poet because of Pat Barker's Regeneration. The film is great too...

Jul 07, 2012
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this a fascinating book!! I am really interested in anything about medicine and so found the description of early psychological treatments of WWI veterans very interesting. Also, that the whole trilogy is based on fact, on the real life meeting of the poet Sigfried Sassoon and his doctor during his rehabilitation W.H.R. Rivers. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Jan 07, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If the subject interests you, this will be a great read. Loved this novel, thought it was fascinating!


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Jan 07, 2009
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Aug 22, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pat Barker's Regeneration is the opening salvo in her trilogy of novels about the young men who fought in the First World War. Based on the real life meeting between the poet and anti-war protestor Siegfried Sassoon and army psychologist W.H.R. Rivers in 1917, Regeneration is a vivid evocation of the agony of the Front as well as a powerful anthem for doomed youth.


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