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Author: Pat Barker
ISBN13: 978-0745153384
Title: The Eye in the Door (Windsor Selections)
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Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C; Large Print Ed edition (August 1, 1996)
Pages: 304

The Eye in the Door (Windsor Selections) by Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in 1943. She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics. Her books include Union Street (1982), winner of the 1983 Fawcett Prize, which has been filmed as Stanley and Iris; Blow Your House Down (1984); Liza’s England (1986), formerly The Century’s Daughter; The Man Who Wasn’t There (1989); the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration, The Eye in The Door, winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost. Road, winner of the 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction and Another World. Everything was under dust-sheets except the tall mirror that reflected, through the open door, the mirror in the hall. Prior found himself staring down a long corridor of Priors, some with their backs to him, none more obviously real than the rest. Would you like a drink?’

Simplicity and directness have always been the hallmarks of Pat Barker's novels. Here the book continues to investigate the fracturing of personalities under pressure, focusing on Billy Prior, a bisexual working-class officer who has begun to experience 'fugue states', following which he can remember nothing of his actions. By highlighting the war's persecuted sexual and political dissenters, The Eye In the Door, like all of Barker's work, shows her commitment to the process of reclaiming silenced voices.

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From Booker Prize winner Pat Barker, a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of Downton Abbey and War Horse will be enthralled. With Toby’s Room, a sequel t. The Ghost Road (Regeneration, by Pat Barker. The final book in the Regeneration Trilogy, and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize "The Ghost Road" is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the most senselessly savag

Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door. Pat Barker, The Ghost Road. Richard Bausch, In the Night Season. Peter Blauner, The Intruder. Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky. T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain. Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods. Christopher Buckley, Thank You for Smoking. Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From. Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth. Windsor Chorlton, Latitude Zero. Michael Connelly, The Poet. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

Forced to consult the man who helped him before - army psychiatrist William Rivers - Prior must confront his inability to be the dutiful soldier his superiors wish him to b. .The Eye in the Door is a heart-rending study of the contradictions of war and of those forced to live through it. 'A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians' A. S. Byatt, Daily Telegraph 'Every bit as waveringly intense and intelligent as its predecessor' Sunday Times 'Startlingly original.

Much of the novel and its imagery takes place in London during World War I from 1914 to 1918. The horrors of mechanized war, rigid class divisions, and sexual ambiguity comprise the thematic foundation of this novel.

The Eye in the Door (Pat Barker). 9. The Ghost Road (Pat Barker). 10. Bausch, Richard: In the Night Season. Werewolves in Their Youth (Michael Chabon). 18. Chorlton, Windsor: Latitude Zero.

Set in London in 1918, `The Eye in the Door' is an intense and profoundly intelligent examination of the effects of war, continuing the interwoven stories of Dr William Rivers, Billy Prior, and Siegfried Sassoon begun in `Regeneration'.`The Eye in the Door' was awarded the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, while the final volume in the `Regeneration' trilogy, `The Ghost Road', won the Booker Prize in 1995. Writing in the Sunday Times, Peter Kemp said, `In the climate of exhaustion and hysteria amid which the war is wearing to its close, pressures to fall into line become fierce and take ugly forms. At the forefront of her story, Barker places figures especially menaced by this: pacifists, conscientious objectors and homosexuals ... a sequel every bit as unwaveringly intense and intelligent as its predecessor'.
Reviews: 7
Lonesome Orange Kid
In Pat Barker's sequel to Regeneration, Billy Prior is the primary focus of the story rather than Sigfried Sassoon. This change of focus allows her to manipulate, examine and critique a wider number of issues: social class (Prior is of working-class origins, but can "pass" for a gentleman), of sexuality (he is enthusiastically bi-sexual), and of course the morality of war, as Prior is treated by Army psychiastrist Dr. Rivers who continues to wrestle with the ethical delimna of "curing" the shell-shocked only to return them to the hellish situation that created their nuroses in the first place.

In _Eye in the Door_ we get a stronger sense of who Dr. Rivers is (the character is loosely based on a real-life psychiatrist), but the primary focus of the story is Prior - a charming character with a wickedly sharp mind and a cynical outlook, the setting more in London than Craiglockhart hospital. As much as I liked Prior, I much preferred the back-and-forth between Sasson and Rivers that is such a crucial part of _Regeneration_. However, its not the characters that make this such a tremendous book (and such a powerful series), its Barker's social commentary: the waste of life in a pointless conflict; the place and role of women as objects - for sex and for labor asmunitions workers; of the differing attitudes towards (and between) social class. This is the real heart of the story. The glaring light under which Barker shows the inconsistencies and prejustices of the last century and her sharp critique of early 20th century British society earns the book five-stars.
While Regeneration was amazing, each book in the trilogy succeeds in its own way and I truly can't say which I liked the most. Pat Barker is one of the finest writers I have read in years, and I have read most of the classics, and most of the top literary books of the time. It is important to enjoy the British voice which is understated with a quiet dry humor and lots of subtext. The historical accuracy is impressive. I am a fan of the Brits but if you are not, and prefer Russian novels stylistically instead, then this book may not be for you. I had been warned that the WWI stuff was depressing to read, but I did not find this trilogy depressing in any way. The strength of the human spirit and the courage of the British was inspiring to read and Rivers is a character I wish I could have known in real life. Start with Regeneration before reading this book. You will be in for a great treat. Great on the Kindle/ipad because the online dictionary is handy and adds to the reading.
World War I London. Suffragetes and anti-war protesters are in prison being forced to inhabit cold cells in the nude. A painted eye in the door gazes in indifferent stare upon these prisoners of conscience. Overseas the war in the trenches has led to the slaughter of millions of Europe's finest young men and women.
This grim novel takes readers into the waste land of human struggle against the demons of war, hatred and psychic waste. The chief characters are Dr. William Rivers whose role is to care for the shell shocked and demoralized soliders of the British Army. Rivers deals with the traumatized officers who are cared by him at Craiglockhart hospital in Scotland, Rivers hates war but seeks to restore these broken men to strength. The men are then released to serve again in the insatiable iron maw of the French trenches. Rivers was a real historical figure who died in 1922.
The second major figure in Barker's novel is the fictional Billy Prior. Prior is a complex bisexual officer disillusioned by the war yet missing his battalion in France. He is being treated for his asthma and inability to communicate in Rivers' hospital. Prior is also spying for the Ministry of Munitions on antiwar figures such as a family he knew growing up in working class England. Homosexuals, pacifists and anyone who criticizes the government is in dangerous of government surveillance and imprisonment. Prior is a tragic figure torn by his service to the Crown and his sense of betrayal of his friends in the anti-war movement, He is an aristocrat who is having an affair with a fetching factory girl much to the displeasure of his family.
Siegfried Sassoon the real life trench poet plans to return to France as the novel ends. Dr. Rivers has been treating Sassoon who dared to criticize the mindless bloodletting in a public statement to the press.
Barker makes no authorial comment on these characters but lets the story speak its own antiwar message. Her style reminds one of Hemingway/D.H. Lawrence and Robert Graves (himself a character mentioned in the trilogy). Her trilogy won the prestigious Booker Prize
in 1995. The Booker is given to the best novel written by an English author during the year.
Pat Barker is a civilian who knows how to write about modern warfare. Her novels are sexually explicit which may turn off some readers. Anyone wanting to know the mindset of Great Britain in World War I should read these insightful fictional works by a first class novelist. Top notch!
Bad Sunny
All books in this trilogy are excellent and I learned things about the first World War that I had never heard of.
This is book two of the trilogy "Regeneration". The series explores the doctors and soldiers being treated for shell shock during World War I, especially the "conchies", conscientious objectors, and homosexuals. The doctors' job is to get them back in action.
The trilogy is the best depiction of the impact of trench warfare on the British office/poofter class I've read. The series strength lies in the use of detailed, insightful psychological analysis conducted by the real life Dr. W. H. R. Rivers and the inter-relation between the various patents and Rivers' own mental states. Particularly moving and prominent in this book, is Rivers' fight against barbaric methods of treatment popular at the time.