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Life Class

A Novel

By Pat Barker

Life Class
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2008,
    320 pages.

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  • Mary Jo (Charlestown MA)


    Life Class
    Life Class lives up to the excellence and economic elegance of Pat Barker's previous offerings. Winner of the Booker Prize for fiction, Barker is a
    marvelous chronicler of WW1 England. While not a part of the Regeneration Trilogy, Life Class covers the same time period - just before and during the early part of the "war to end all wars."

    Four characters, three from art school, are presented. They are young and ignorant of the world about them. Two go off to the ambulance corps. No one remains the same.

    Barker paints her subjects with a light brush. Paul is the most described but this does not matter. The real topic is the war and its impact. For those who have read the Regeneration Trilogy, Barker's newest book will be very welcome. To those who have not had that pleasure, you have some great reading ahead!
  • Christine (Royal Oak MI)


    War is Hell
    Being a fan of historical fiction, I enjoyed Pat Barker's novel, Life Class. She is skillfull in settiing the scenes of London, the English countryside and of war. The reader is able to experience the sights, sounds and even the smells that surround her characters. A good read and I would recommend it.
  • Sandra (Philadelphia PA)


    Life Class
    Before reading this book, I had not read any of Pat Barker's novels. If this is her "superb new novel," I am quite disappointed. This book has nothing in it to keep me engaged or interested. The characters are thin, the time line keeps jumping... and the story, for me, has no passion. Reading this novel was work.
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