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"Pat Barker understands the dynamics of psychic trauma and shutdown as well as any living writer." ( Esquire)
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By Cariola on 07-28-09
In Love and War
Like Barker's Regeneration Trilogy, Life Class is set during World War I. The first half involves the blithe lives of a group of young art students, including Paul and Elinor, whose friendship develops into something more. As the war wages on, Paul attempts to sign up; when he is rejected, he volunteers as an ambulance driver. The novel encomppases some of the horrors of war familliar to Barker readers/listeners, but the intent here seems to be to show how the experience of war changes people and their relationships. A fine listen.
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By MDK on 05-24-16
I rarely put down a book. I put this one down.
What disappointed you about Life Class?
The characters were one-dimensional and unlikable. I did not enjoy my time in their company.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
The writing was actually good - it was the characters I couldn't stand. I'm sure some people love this book; I am just not one of them.
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