Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Great Regular: Regeneration had its own Tonks figure,

also a real person: the army psychiatrist Dr William Rivers. He is treating shell-shocked officers; through him we meet Sassoon and, through him, Robert Graves and Owen. The final part, The Ghost Road, beat, among others, ­Salman Rushdie to win the Booker in 1995. In effect, it was the entire trilogy that was being rewarded: it is on many people's lists of the greatest of all war novels. But why the great war?

from Bryan Appleyard: from the Sunday Times: Pat Barker: We Write in Blood


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