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Liza's England by Pat Barker
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Jul 01, 2010

it was ok
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I was woefully disappointed by this book and I didn't think it was worthy of the author of the Regeneration trilogy. Yes it was readable and, in places, relatively moving. But I felt it lacked the subtlety and authenticity that Barker is obviously capable of - and the fact that Liza's social worker was a gay man seemed more tokenistic than of genuine merit. I felt as though the story was a balled up fist, trying to punch my buttons as hard as it could, rather than gently pulling on the heart strings. And at the end I was very unsure as to the message I was taking from the story and what, if anything, had been resolved.

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Barbara I agree with this review, especially the bit about the social worker.

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