RegenerationBook - 2008
Regeneration is Pat Barker's classic, Man Booker Prize-nominated novel of World War I and trauma.
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland, 1917, and army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers's job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front. Pat Barker's Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men.
This is the first novel in Pat Barker's Man Booker Prize-winning Regeneration Trilogy.
'A brilliant novel. Intense and subtle' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
'A vivid evocation of the agony of the First World War and a multi-layered exploration of all wars. A fine anthem for doomed youth' Time Out
'A novel of tremendous power' Margaret Forster
'Unforgettable' Sunday Telegraph
'One of the strongest and most interesting novelists of her generation' Guardian
Other titles in the trilogy:
The Eye in the Door
The Ghost Road
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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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