The Eye in the Door (Regeneration #2)
It is the spring of 1918, and Britain is faced with the possibility of defeat by Germany. A beleaguered government and a vengeful public target two groups as scapegoats: pacifists and homosexuals. Many are jailed, others lead dangerous double lives, the "the eye in the door" becomes a symbol of the paranoia that threatens...more
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
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
Moving the story on through the character of Prior wasn't something I was entirely sure about - he was unquestionably an integral part of Regeneration and as a character he captivated me but I never particularly liked him, though I'm sure this is perhaps something many people felt. T...more
Barker wonderfully constru...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
This second book continues Dr. Rivers and his patients from the first book particularly focusing on Billy Pryor who has childhood memories so traumatic that he won’t remember them and, in fact, enters into what they then called “fugue states” in which he doesn’t remember for hours what he is doing. He is assigned to British Intelligence and has some conflicts about the things he...more
Prior is a working-c...more
Also, the pros...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
This is an interesting and well-written book, and now that I know that it is part of a trilogy, my opinion of this work has risen. Barker reveals the psychological effects of WWI through the characters' connection to Dr. Rivers, a saintly and insightful psychiatrist/neurologist who specializes in the treatment of what we now call post traumatic stress syndrome. Many of the characters lead double lives, either as pacifists or conscientious objectors, and all feel they are under scrutiny (the eye)...more
What's a trilogy without a middle? A trilogy without a middle is just a book with a sequel; two Oreo wafers without the white center.
I don't know what two call a set of two books. "Duology" sounds artificially inflated and is it really a word? "Trilogy" makes me think of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Godfather series. Call something a "trilogy" and you imbue it with power.
I read the first and third books of the World War I Regeneration trilogy. Book One, fantastic; Book Three, good, but o...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
The main character 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...
Any one of th...more
This is the second part of a trilogy; I loved the first volume and put off reading this one for a few months because I didn't want to race through the books too fast and get burnt out (it's happened to me too many times before!).
Initially I loved this book just as much but as it went on I became confused, I missed matching up characters with their previous appearances in the book, and therefore began to put it down more which just made things worse. I definitely lost the plot somewhere!
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