Life Class

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Doubleday, 2007 - Fiction - 311 pages
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From the Booker Prize–winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy, an acknowledged masterpiece of modern fiction, Life Class is an exceptional new novel of artists and lovers caught in the maelstrom of the Great War.

It is the spring of 1914 and a group of young students have gathered in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two parts of an intriguing love triangle and, in the first days of war, they turn to each other. As spring turns to summer, Paul volunteers for the Belgian Red Cross and tends to wounded, dying soldiers from the front line. By the time he returns, Paul must confront the fact that life and love will never be the same for him again.

In Life Class, Pat Barker returns to her most renowned subject: the human devastation and psychic damage wrought by World War One on all levels of British society. 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.

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User Review  - oparaxenos - LibraryThing

I read Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy over 10 years ago and loved it, and this was the first time since that I came back to one of her books. I was not disappointed. I got through this well-written ... Read full review

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User Review  - rocketjk - LibraryThing

This was my first Pat Barker novel. I liked it well enough to read more of her works, but not quite well enough to plan on reading Toby's Room, the sequel to this book. The first half of the book is ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Pat Barker is the author of the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy:Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; andThe Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels, most recentlyDouble Vision. She lives in England.

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