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The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
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Feb 17, 12

Borrowed this book from Brendan, after reading the first book in the trilogy, "Regeneration". Both books are about the effects of war on society, as well as on the soldiers at the front.

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 few horrific scenes described from the front. The book is mainly about the craziness back in England. There is the very real possibility that England will be defeated by Germany, and the government and important figures are looking for scapegoats - pacifists and homosexuals. Found out only from reading the postscript that the events and some of the characters were real. And I did not know Siegfried Sassoon was a real person.

The Eye in the Door - literally an eye painted on the door in prison. But also, the scrutiny and suspicion everyone was under because of the war.

Excellent book - well-written. Pretty depressing though.
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