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Bette

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  • Toby's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pat Barker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Toby's Room opens in the July of 1917, three years after the events of Life Class. Elinor Brooke is still painting, but her brother Toby is shipping out to the front as a Medical Officer, a fact that she cannot bring herself to accept. Toby finds himself on the same Channel crossing as Kit Neville, a close friend - and aspiring suitor - of Elinor's from before the war. Intent on cementing his reputation as an artist, Kit never intended to serve overseas.

    Cariola says: "Sadly, Rather Underwhelming"
    "Pat Barker really knows WWI"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Toby's Room to be better than the print version?

    The reader of this book did an excellent job of narrating and interpreting the characters. She added to my experience of reading, and I think I enjoyed it more than I would have enjoyed it if I had read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Toby's Room?

    The dissection scenes are highly memorable, though certainly not my favorite. They, as well as the graphic descriptions of one of the character's facial wound, will stay with me for a long time. Barker has done a lot of research into all aspects of WWI and its effects on soldiers and those on the homefront, and she is able to provide highly realistic scenarios and characters.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Elinor.


    If you could rename Toby's Room, what would you call it?

    I don't know. It reminds me of Virginia Woolf's "Jacob's Room," which is a WWI war novel of sorts. And Woolf's brother's name was Thoby. I think Barker alludes to these with this title, which seems highly appropriate to me. And it works for Barker's novel thematically as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book better than "Life Class," the book that preceded this sequel. I think it might be because "Toby's Room" is from Elinor's point of view rather than Paul's. I liked the female "take" on events.

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