It is the spring of 1918, and Britain is faced with the possibility of defeat by Germany. A beleaguered government and a vengeful public target two groups as scapegoats: pacifists and homosexuals. Many are jailed, others lead dangerous double lives, the "the eye in the door" becomes a symbol of the paranoia that threatens to destroy the very fabric of British society.
Central to this novel are such compelling, richly imagined characters as the brilliant and compassionate Dr. William Rivers; his most famous patient, the poet Siegfried Sassoon; and Lieutenant Billy Prior, who plays a central role as a domestic intelligence agent. With compelling, realistic dialogue and a keen eye for the social issues that have gone overlooked in mainstream media, The Eye in the Door is a triumph that equals Regeneration and the third novel in the trilogy, the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road, establishing Pat Barker's place in the very forefront of contemporary novelists.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Pat Barker has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), The Ghost Road (winner of the 1995 Booker Prize), and Noonday. Pat Barker lives in Durham, England.
Date of Birth:May 8, 1943
Place of Birth:Thornaby-on-Tees, England
Education:London School of Economics; Durham University
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
World War I veteran, Prior, is tormented by his memories and the sense that he, and many of his broken comrades, are now split in half, doomed to live double lives.The second book in Barker's WWI trilogy, grounded in her study of the science of psychology at the time. The main character, Prior, is an intelligence agent, torn by the fact that he must investigate (and perhaps has betrayed) old friends who were implicated in anti-war activities. England is full of rumors and fears, especially concerning homosexuals and their effect on the nation. Oscar Wilde gets a nod. Prior himself has had male lovers, a fact that intensifies his sense that he's bursting, boiling with secrets, some of them as yet unknown to him, undiscovered by him.
I wasn't sure if it would be possible for Pat Barker to top "Regeneration," but "The Eye in the Door" does just that. Three of the main characters of "Regeneration" show up here, a year after their sessions in a Scottish rehab hospital for emotionally scarred WWI British soldiers. The focus here is on Billy Prior, a lieutenant whose war traumas worsen while he becomes involved in an investigation into a trumped up charge of political assassination to war protesters from his old neighborhood. Barker's mastery of dialog between the caring doctor Rivers and his disturbed patients never ceases to impress. The novel is based on actual scapegoating that went on in Britain during the Great War, and it's to Pat Barker's great credit that the "real" characters and the fictional are equally believable. "The Eye in the Door," by the way, can stand on its own as a read, though I'd highly recommend reading "Regeneration" first.
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