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From Booker Prize winner Pat Barker a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of Downton Abbey and War Horse will be enthralled With Toby’s Room a seuel to her widely praised previous novel Life Class the incomparable Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain’s finest novelists This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke a medical student and his younger sister Elinor Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships Eli Somehow I have managed to read the second volume of this trilogy first Life Class is the first and I will read that next It is a stand alone novel though There is an awful lot going on here The obvious link is Virginia Woolf s war novel Jacob s Room and of course Toby was the name of Woolf s brother and a brother sister relationship is an integral part of this novelBarker has taken a group of artists studying at The Slade to examine what the role of the artist is during wartime The first novel in the trilogy is set in 1914 this one alternates between 1912 and 1917 The fictional characters are based on a real group of artists at The Slade at the time Ma

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Nor and Toby are close some might say too close But when World War I begins Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies at the Slade under the tutelage of Professor Henry Tonks There in a startling development based in actual fact Elinor finds that her drafting skills are deployed to aid in the literal reconstruction of those maimed in combatOne day in 1917 Elinor has a sudden premonition that Toby will not return from France Three weeks later the family receives a telegram informing them that Toby s Room is probably the seventh book by Pat Barker I have read I must admit that I was so impressed and affected by her Regenaration trilogy when I had read it a couple of years ago that Barker became one of my favourite writers and I have been coming back for of her writing ever since Toby s Room is a seuel to Life Class although it can be read as a separate book as well And together with Life Class it s another disturbing and vivid account of life before during and after the WWI I liked Toby s Room than Life Class even if it could not touch me in the same way as the Regeneration trilogy The two book

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Toby is “Missing Believed Killed” in Ypres However there is no body and Elinor refuses to accept the official explanation Then she finds a letter hidden in the lining of Toby’s uniform; Toby knew he wasn’t coming back and he implies that fellow soldier Kit Neville will know why Toby’s Room is an elouent literary narrative of hardship and resilience love and betrayal and anguish and redemption In unflinching yet elegant prose Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behin Pat Barker tackles another World War I tale with Toby s Room The story revolves around Elinor s uest to find out how her brother Toby died in the war I adored the Regeneration Trilogy and perhaps that s why I was so disappointed in this book There were a few major problems that I had with Toby s Room First the character of Elinor never grabbed my interest She seemed aloof and although it was clear she loved her brother I never uite felt it Toby also was a complete mystery to me The other characters Kit and Paul were much stronger but this didn t save the book since the story focused on Elinor and her brother I was also annoyed by the incest theme I didn t uit


10 thoughts on “Toby's Room

  1. says:

    Somehow I have managed to read the second volume of this trilogy first Life Class is the first and I will read that next It is a stand alone novel though There is an awful lot going on here The obvious link is Virginia Woolf’s war novel Jacob’s Room and of course Toby was the name of Woolf’s brother and a b

  2. says:

    Looking back I realise that Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy was responsible for a shift in the direction of reading Those books made me realise that war books weren’t just about men and fighting And that I could learn a great deal about the world and humanity through books that considered war and its conseuences Since then I’ve read a

  3. says:

    This is another typical Pat Barker book By that I mean it's a really excellent read Like The Regeneration trilogy this book is set in the years during and just after the First World War and the awful conseuences thereofI have to say that the part of the book that is set in a military hospital dealing with soldiers with facial inju

  4. says:

    This is a book for a stark rainy day and a cup of steaming hot tea The whole book is somber and bleak as of course it should be consi

  5. says:

    The bitter irony of war is that it defines life at the same time as it destroys For those in uniform following ord

  6. says:

    “Toby’s Room” is probably the seventh book by Pat Barker I have read I must admit that I was so impressed and affected by her “Regenaration trilogy when I had read it a couple of years ago that Barker became one of my favour

  7. says:

    Toby's Room is the latest excellent novel by Pat Barker I have read most of Pat Barker's novels and they never fail to satisfy Barker creates interesting characters and her best works the Regeneration Trilogyoccur during the First World War In these books and in Toby's Room her fictional characters interact with actual historical figures in coming to grips with the horrors of modern warfare Barker writes less

  8. says:

    I can't believe that I've left this book unread for so many years I loved this so much

  9. says:

    Pat Barker tackles another World War I tale with Toby's Room The story revolves around Elinor's uest to find out h

  10. says:

    I have huge respect for Pat Barker and devoured her Regeneration trilogy but have been a little disappointed in subseuent offerings I'm afraid Toby's Room hasn't changed that at allStill writing about the tragedy of WW1 I feel this novel and it's somewhat surprising opening events doesn't really add to Barker's canon on t

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