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.
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.
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.
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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