In the spring of 1914, a group of young students gather in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two components of a love triangle, and at the outset of the war, they turn to each other. After volunteering for the Red Cross, Paul must confront the fact that life, love, and art will never be the same for him.Pat Barker is unrivaled in her ability to convey simple, moving human truths. Her skill in relaying the harrowing experience of modern warfare is matched by the depth of insight she brings to the experience of love and the morality of art in a time of war. Life Class is one of her genuine masterpieces.More
"Calls to mind such early moderns as Hemingway and Fitzgerald....some of the most powerful anti-war literature in modern English fiction." (The Boston Globe)
"Pat Barker understands the dynamics of psychic trauma and shutdown as well as any living writer." (Esquire)
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In Love and War
I rarely put down a book. I put this one down.
The characters were one-dimensional and unlikable. I did not enjoy my time in their company.
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.