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The eye in the Door is the second book of Pat Barker's excellent Regeneration Trilogy. The trilogy predominantly features real life characters such as Dr Rivers and Siegfried Sassoon as well as imaginary characters such as Billy Prior. The series is set during World War One and covers the period starting within the first book from Sassoon's protest against the war up to the last book which ends as the war draws to a close.
The Eye in the door is character driven and centres primarily around Billy Prior and features themes around spying and being watched with the analogy of 'eyes' and the impact of of being watched and watcher considered throughout. In particular there is focus upon those who opposed the war and the impact upon them, their family and those who fought within the war
I am very familiar with this book, although this is my first time listening. The trilogy is a favourite of mine due to me having an interest within World War One. I found the reader peter firth to be interesting and engaging and it was intriguing that the voices he used are very similar to the voices I had allocated to the characters when reading.
I enjoyed the deeper meaning held within the story as well as further understanding the trauma that war places upon all individuals who lived during this period.
Despite knowing well events within this story I was engaged with the recording and found that I wanted to keep listening.
This is an audiobook which I would recommend to anyone who has an interest within the First World War due to its impeccable research and attention to detail as well as to anyone who just enjoys a good character driven story.
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In this volume, the characters introduced in Regeneration move on. Sassoon is sent back to the front; the doctor joins a colleague in London; Billy Pryor joins the intelligence force. Most of this novel takes place not on the battelfield but back in the UK. Barker's intention was likely to show the war's effect on the common citizen. I enjoyed this but still think the first book in the series is the best.
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This is book two in the award winning Regeneration Trilogy. The series is a historical novel about World War One. Book one took place at Craiglockhart Hospital with Dr. Rivers and Siegfried Sassoon as the key characters; both these men were real, Dr. Rivers was a famous physiatrist who treated mental problems caused by the war and Sassoon was a famous poet of WWI.
This book features Dr. Rivers and the fictional character Billy Prior. Prior is an officer from the working class which made him feel he never fit in with the other officers. I found the information about the state of art of mental health knowledge and treatment interesting. Dr. Rivers discovers that Billy has ‘fugue states’ and has Multiple Personality Disorder or what they now call dissociative Identity Disorder. In the book Barker goes into more detail of the changing class structure taking place in England with World War One. Sassoon is featured briefly in the story along with a discussion of some of his poems.
The book is well written and well researched. I enjoyed the skill of the narrator reading the dialogue of the working class with phrases such as ‘barmy buggers’ and ‘a bit of bread and scrape.’ I remember my great grandmother using these same phrases. I am looking forward to book three in the trilogy. Peter Firth does an excellent job narrating the book.
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