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Taken from Pat Barker's celebrated Regeneration, this extract charts two encounters in a time of war the developing friendship of Wilfed Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and the unexpected romance of Billy Prior and Sarah Lumb.
Paperback, Pocket Penguin 70s #67, 58 pages
Published 2005 by Penguin Books
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Dec 24, 2015 Coenraad rated it it was amazing
I usually avoid reading about war: life is tough enough! But this exerpt from Pat Barker's novel Regeneration will inspire me to make an exception. Her writing and characterization provide trenchant insight into people and the devastation of war, even far from the trenches of the First World War.

In a hospital in Scotland, psychologist dr William Rivers has a paradoxical task: he has to cure soldiers, especially officers, of their shell shock (in today's terms they suffer from trauma) to enable t
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Sep 17, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Taking in a meeting between the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owens, the adventures of a shell shocked young man called Prior, the war time atmosphere of Edinburgh, a nightmarish night filled with ghosts of dead comrades, and flashbacks of the horrors of the trenches, "War Talk" is an extract from Pat Barker's excellent novel "Regeneration", the first book in a trilogy.

Having only read the Booker winning "The Ghost Road" and absolutely loved it, I wasn't sure if it was worth going back an
May 04, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
"War Talk" is an extract from Pat Barker's "Regeneration", the first installement in a trilogy. This particular extract included the first meeting between Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, a writer Owen particularly admired, in a hospital for those wounded at the Front; Craiglockhart. It was thoroughly well written, and I appreciated it all the more, having studied a coupld of Wilfred Owen's poems in the past few months.
I already own "Regeneration", but haven't yet gottent to it, so I was particularly
Dec 20, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
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Using a hospital as a backdrop this excerpt from Barker's book called 'Regeneration' focuses on the first few meaning of the great war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. This short (its one of my 50 page penguin classics) novelette introduces some of the mental horrors suffered by soldiers during WWI. It is not the most beautifully written piece of work but it conveys some of the horrors and terrors of war that not all books are able to really tap into.
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Jul 25, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it
An extract from Regeneration part of Pat Barker's trilogy that culminated in the Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road gives a good account of the brutality of the Great War. A good advert to make me look into reading the whole trilogy.
Jan 03, 2015 da-wildchildz rated it liked it
A short and sharp look at some of the mental anguish WWI soldiers suffered. Definitely interested in reading Regeneration, where this excerpt is from and the rest of the trilogy.
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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 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
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