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Continuum Contemporaries series: Pat Barker's "Regeneration": A Reader's Guide Paperback – 1 Jan 2008


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826452302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826452306
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 0.9 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The series comes as near to squaring various circles - popular / academic, 'good read' / 'classic Lit', novel / film of the book as any I know. And at best it goes a fair way towards reshuffling those categories and redrawing the boundaries. With the first volume, I was relieved. After two or three, I was hooked. The books are invaluable for gathering out-of-the-way or ephemeral comment from TV and radio interviews and the web as well as from literary reviews. Refreshingly upfront and up-to-date Given the space, there are remarkably balanced film/novel comparisons of the most well-known examples An important feature is the fully referenced bibliographies, including reviews and copious website addresses - the latter ranging from fanzines and authors' and publishers' own sites to academic discussion lists and online journals. In method as in subject matter, these guides move freely on the interface between print culture and multimedia. Highly finished and pleasantly handleable as books in their own right, they gesture accommodatingly to both words and worlds beyond. Taking the series as a whole, it also confirms two things: that narrative nowadays is generically highly hybrid and increasingly cross-media; and that an understanding of the processes of writing and reading 'contemporary classic' (or at least 'currently famous') fiction cannot be separated - yet must be distinguished - from the processes of making and marketing books and films." The Times Higher Education Supplement, May 31, 2002

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Advance praise for this series:
'A brilliant idea - short, perceptive books which tell you what you need to know about some of the most vibrant and challenging writing around today...a bit like having a reading group in your pocket.'

Ian Rankin

'Concerned about keeping up at the book club? Never fear, cool new study aids are here in the form of Continuum Contemporaries, a series of handy reader's guides to contemporary fiction.'

Time Out Magazine


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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I haven't read all of this yet and it has a bit more information than I need actually, but it is very useful. There's a section on homosexuality which I handn't really thought about at all, and now I want to read the other books she's written about the War. Also, there's a good section at the end that gives you links to interviews with Pat Barker on the internet. If you want to do a really good essay on Regeneration, this is a helpful book. In fact, you have to pick bits of it, otherwise you won't be able to fit it all in.
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By froggy on 20 Jan. 2014
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Purchased for my daughter to help her with her A level. She thinks it' s really useful in giving her ideas about the book and what to include in her essays.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camilla1 on 1 Aug. 2013
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A GREAT INSIGHT INTO NOVEL AND LOTS OF INFORMATION WHICH I DIDN'T EXPECT SO PERFECT FOR MY DAUGHTER'S UP- COMING A LEVEL COURSE
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Genuinely helpful literary guide 30 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This guide has enhanced my teaching of _Regeneration_ no end. And I feel confident in recommending it to my students. Even if they only read the first short chapter, about Barker's background and upbringing, I've found that it helps a great deal in putting this novel into context. I also like the links to useful websites provided at the back of the book (note to the Publisher: a couple of these no longer work properly).
I'd like to thank Ms Westman for producing this book. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has found it this helpful.
A Useful Guide 18 Mar. 2014
By Cariola - Published on Amazon.com
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This very short guide to Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' is still a useful tool for anyone studying the novel. It includes background, commentary on themes, and a list of useful sources.
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