The Eye In The Door : Paperback – 25 Aug 1994
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Gripping, moving, beautifully constrcted and profoundly intelligent (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
'The Eye in the Door' was the richly deserving winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize, the second volume in Pat Barker's brilliant Regeneration Trilogy. Written with immense power, it is the story not just of one young man suffering from the trauma of war, but from a generation, condemned to the unending slaughter of the trenches, and all the charged agony of class and gender that had its own bitter harvest. But for all the pain she portrays, Barker's novel, with its wry humour and exquisite observation, explodes with life.
Other Pat Barker titles available from HarperCollinsAudioBooks: 'Regeneration' and 'The Ghost Road'.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition. See all Product Description
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Those who liked the first book in the Regeneration trilogy, Regeneration, will absolutely adore The Eye in the Door. The characters from Regeneration return, and you have a chance to find out the consequences of the treatments they received from Dr. William Rivers in Regeneration. Pat Barker builds on the tensions, damage, doubts, and despair of mid-World War I to show how much more desperate matters were for the British by the spring of 1918.
In developing these themes, Pat Barker does a masterful job of explaining how a soldier has to operate both by emotion and by objective distance in order to function. From there, she helps us use the crucible of war to see how that duality is important to everyday functioning for all people.
As the title indicates, the book builds on a central metaphor of everyone being under observation as doubts build about Britain's ability to win the war. Those on the margins are most under pressure and at greatest risk.
I thought that the portrayal of Lieutenant Billy Prior was brilliant. He comes across as the kind of complex, interesting character that can help us learn a lot about Ms. Barker's messages for us. The eye metaphor is nicely developed in the context of Billy's life.
Brava, Ms. Barker!
Prior is working on a case featuring a woman, Beattie Roper who has been imprisoned because she was suspected of trying to poison Lloyd George and there is a very instructive Author's Note at the end which details the real life case of Alice Wheeldon who was convicted of the crime of attempted murder. (The book Friends of Alice Wheeldon, by Sheila Rowbotham contains a useful essay on Rebel Networks in the First World War). Also mentioned in the book is the real-life High Court Trial of Pemberton Billing, which reflects some of the madness propagated by Harold Spencer, who was later incarcerated in an asylum.
The authenticity of this novel sings off the page and the dialogue is a work of marvellous veracity and darkness. The atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion is marvellously created as the citizens of London grapple for their own sanity in a dangerous world. It comes highly recommended by virtue of its authenticity alone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
‘The Eye in the Door’ is the second of the three books by Pat Barker that comprise ‘The Regeneration Trilogy’, and which together won her the 1995 Booker Prize. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian R. Martin
Not as brilliant as Regeneration... but then Regeneration is a very hard act to followPublished 10 months ago by Dina Adib
I read the whole trilogy in three weeks, this book in around five days, made up of a few sessions of four hours each! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Victoria Walsh
Cover 3/5 Could have been more related to the contents
I have read the Regeneration Trilogy in the wrong order. 3 1 and now 2. Read more
The second book in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy begins with the author revealing Billy Prior, known to the reader from the first book, Regeneration, to be bisexual. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dr R
Really good, following on from the first book in the series.Published 18 months ago by kendall knight