©2005 Pat Barker; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This third book in Barker's trilogy has garnered the most accolades, inclduing winning the Booker Prize. However, I still think that "Regeneration" is the best of the three.
I loved the first in this series. The second in the series left a lot to be desired. The third and final, having been raved about and won awards, was highly anticipated. Sadly a disappointment.
The book feels like a number of random remembrances by the central characters. They join up now and then, but basically their lives and stories are independent. The story line, and the characters, seem to lack emotion and substance, ambling from one scene to the next.
I'm following, but it's an apathetic journey.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
While this is the book in the Regeneration trilogy that won Barker the awards, I think it is the weakest...but definitely worth reading if you have read the earlier two (Regeneration and The Eye in the Door).
"An amazing finish to this trilogy"
A brilliant look at the effects of that terrible war on all that participated. Wonderful detail and characters.
I recommend the whole 3 books. They are very moving. I listened to the book now twice.
"Vivid, Memorable, Moving"
The evocation of the lives of historical figures, combined with credible fictional characters is vivid, intelligent and moving. Their struggle to endure the unendurable, to find a way of living with the things they have seen, the decisions they have made and the losses they have suffered is captured deftly, without melodrama or sentimentality. The stoic character of Fisher, his use of Freud and his experiences as an anthropologist are truly memorable, even in the presence of the more romantic figures of the young poets, although they too remain in the mind for a long time.
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