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Same Old Same Old....,
This review is from: Life Class (Hardcover)
I am rather sad that I cannot offer this novel more than 2 stars. I read Regeneration and loved it, the interplay of real life and fictional characters was absorbing. Barker tries that again here but with a differing institution, but for me this time it did not work as well.
There are moments when the use of language is amazing, where the horror of the first world war and the hopelessness of the soldiers makes you want to weep....'The world belongs to them, because they were on their way to die'. Barker is good at that, she knows her subject well. What lets this novel down is that this adds nothing new to the body of Barker's work. I fear now there will be a Life Class part 2.
It is time I think for Barker to move on.
If you love her work, please read this, but I am not sure this offers any more than Regeneration, and perhaps a lot less in respect of development.