The Eye in the Door (Regeneration #2)
The Eye in the Door is the second novel in Pat Barker's classic Regeneration trilogy.
WINNER OF THE 1993 GUARDIAN FICTION PRIZE.
London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men - pacifists, objectors, homosexuals - conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sens
Can an entire society develop PTSD? According to Pat Barker, Great Britain in April 1918 needs “regeneration.” War fatigue has set in, and the general public reads the casualty lists, shrugs, and turns to articles about celebrity trials and gossip. But four years of war have unleashed cruel and primitive forces that were better left suppressed, and anybody who is different is assumed to be so ...more
Is it worth reading all of a trilogy when you've finished the first book (Regeneration) and feel that it works quite satisfactorily as a stand alone novel, thank you very much. Is it worth ploughing on with the other two books to get a sense of the ending, a feeling of completeness, a conclusion to it all?
If we're talking about this trilogy then I say yes. I am a commitmentaphobe but I took the plunge and with The Eye in the Door in one hand and Th ...more
We have moved on to early 1918 and the war is still in the balance. One of the fictional characters from Regeneration, Billy Prior, is also central to this novel. Dr Rivers is now in London (as is Prior) and we are plunged into a society struggling with the consequences of war and some of the hysteria that goes with it. Bar ...more
The main character, Billy Prior, is an Everyman. For some bizarre personal reason of my own I did not expect that this was meant literally. He is an officer of working class origin, shipworker father - domestic service mother, bisexual, in a relationship with a munitions worker, suffers shellshock, was a boy prostitute, picks up brother officers for casual sex, lived on the same street as the woman who tried to assassinate Lloyd-George ...more
Barker wonderfully constru ...more
Asthma has now barred Billy Prior, an officer and former inmate of the Craiglockhart War Hospital, from active servi ...more
This is the story of another soldier, Billy Prior, and the neurologist Dr. Rivers.
Some sub-plots come up during the story.
The author describes Beattie Roper's story which is based on the "poison plot" of 1917: "Alice Wheeldon was jailed in 1917 for plotting to poison Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Her descendants, having read research by Dr Nick Hiley, of the University of Kent, are convinced she was framed by MI5."
The other sub-plot is co ...more
It's a feeling I can't quite place, a feeling I can't pinpoint, but I feel The Eye in the Door is a more enjoyable book, although less literary, than Regenera ...more
Prior is a working-c ...more
Also, not for nothing, Billy Prior -- it's almost hilarious to realize how perfectly he epitomizes the kind of fictional character I've gotten to like over the ye ...more
This book, like her first, is deeply sad, as we follow the chilling impact of the war on different men who have a common ...more
It is interesting, full of deep and well written psychological studies of the characters. There is a mixture of invented and real historical figures, and it works well. The descriptions of attitudes to sex, hetero and homosexual are brilliant and surprising.
The class distinctions between all those shell shocked soldiers, the deeply troubled characters, a multifaceted, brilliant book. Of course , I am a woman, and ...more
Also, the pros ...more
In this book, one of the main characters, Billy Prior, suffers from an actual dual personality - going to a safe place when he is in danger - did it as a child and then again at the front - whenever under stress. But all of the other characters as well have to lead dual lives in some way or other. Really only a ...more
It was an engaging and well written book. Billy Prior, one of the main characters was a bit of a mystery, sometimes do likeable, other times, so clearly not.
Other characters we've around his story mainly, though at times they felt slightly fractured and I wondered if we had moved onto something else!
The first book was fascinating in its insights into the world of Craiglockhart's military mental hospital and the pioneering treatment of the true-life Dr. R ...more
Although this was written as a stand-alone novel, it is obviously the second part of the author’s Regeneration series of novels. There are lots of references to the first novel, which the author tries to fill us in on, but I recommend that this be read after the first novel. At the end of the first novel, Siegfried Sassoon was discharged from the mental facility and reassigned to the front in France. We also got to meet, briefly, a new character, Bil ...more
Dr William Rivers is now treating fighter pilots whilst his former patient Billy Prior is working at the Ministry of Munitions.
Prior is asked to review the case of a conscientious objector a women he knows from his past in the working class streets of Manchester jailed for plotting to kill the prime minister David Lloyd George. Prior has his suspicions about the case believing the woman to have been set up ...more
Prior is fleshed out in this book and is interesting on a number of levels. Interesting because he is a working class boy from Lancashire, who is also an officer, a rare c ...more
Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy Regeneration ; The Eye in the Door , winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road , winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels. Pat Barker is married and lives in Du ...more
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That's a very dangerous idea. It comes quite close to saying that the willingness to suffer proves the rightness of belief. But is doesn't. The most it can ever prove is the believer's sincerity. And not always that. some people just like suffering.”