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Another World Hardcover – May 1, 1999
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The Regeneration Trilogy (Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road) established Pat Barker as one of the most powerful and versatile novelists writing today. Her eighth novel, Another World, is a powerful and complex tale of family, memory, illness, and war. Haunted by memories of the First World War, Geordie is dying of cancer, while his grandson Nick, haunted by the violence of families past (and present), struggles with his thoroughly modern marriage: angry stepchildren, exhausting toddler, miserably pregnant wife. Wracked by guilt, Geordie relives his brother's death in the trenches and his mother's grieving verdict: "It should have been you." Uncovering the intimate and public reach of Geordie's history, Nick is forced up against the "power of old wounds to leak into the present" and the paradoxical fragility--or pliancy--of personal memory. Weaving into her fictional worlds some of the most disturbing images of contemporary Britain--including that of "an older boy taking a toddler by the hand while his companion strides ahead, eager for the atrocity to come"--Barker draws her themes together into a remarkable, sometimes ruthless, study of family life and death. --Vicky Lebeau, Amazon.co.uk
From Publishers Weekly
The author of the award-winning Regeneration trilogy has changed publishers and time frames for her newest book, but the result is as spellbinding as ever: thoughtful, acutely observed and profoundly moving. Geordie, a WWI veteran, is over 100, but is hanging on to life with the same stubbornness and iconoclasm that have seen him through the entire 20th century. His grandson, Nick, living in grim, contemporary Newcastle-on-Tyne, is struggling with his own life as he monitors Geordie's last days. Nick's teenage daughter from a previous marriage, Miranda, has come to stay; his new wife, Fran, with her own kid, Gareth, a computer games freak, has two-year-old Jasper to contend with and another baby on the way. Now it seems that their new house may be haunted by the kind of malign domestic spirit at large among Nick's little family. Geordie, too, has his own ghostsAa hideous war memory, long buried, that must be exorcised before he can die in peace. Barker mixes brilliantly observed contemporary realism (the strains of family life with children of different ages have seldom been so powerfully rendered) and mystical overtones with dazzling skill. The book has the grip of a superior thriller while introducing, with no sense of strain, a sense of sorrowful mortality that lingers long after the last page. Geordie is a masterly creation, one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. (May) FYI: A film of Regeneration, starring Jonathan Pryce, was recently released in the U.S.
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Barker artfully weaves themes uniting the whole novel as if it were warp and weft, and has a deft hand with metaphor. She writes about men and boys strikingly well, and has a wonderful command of the life of children. There is even a soupçon of the supernatural, as the family has moved into an old house, likened by the daughter to Wuthering Heights, with it's own history of dread and degeneracy, and there are even apparitions. The novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, but she already has two to her name. We had already read Regeneration, a novel about Siegfried Sassoon, British poet and pacifist who is sent to a military hospital to squelch his pacifist ideas. This is a very different novel, more conversational and without the presence of domesticity. Reading these has encouraged me to go on to her trilogy about the war.
Too, the frank and coarse language used in this modern effort haven't made Plato's basic questions any easier to answer. So, spacing the novel from the bowdlerizers apparently hasn't added to clarity.
Further, Barker and David Chase (The Sopranos) must have, at some point, agreed on endings. This story's non resolutions are the novel's version of fade to black, a realistic, if not comforting, ending.
Additionally, Geordie is dead and leaves a legacy that suggests that extremely long life without dementia is not necessarily a blessing, at least for the long living.
Why a five star? It was a very good read written by a great writer.
I'd have said something about the ghosts, but I haven't figure them out.
A book to analize the present and the past and avoid mistaken again.
personally I'm reading all the books by this author , and pat Barker has an amazing knowledge about wars , and especially human feelings
I won't give a detailed review of the plot, as this would make me a "spoiler".
Although this is not a long family chronicle, the startling link of past and present is quite powerful.
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Book was so so It took all the book to appreciate what barker was trying to say about modern life and family and world war I and a survivor..