Regeneration

Regeneration

Book - 1991
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  "The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" #150;Pat Barker

The first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee
 
In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.
 
One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe.  As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c1991 (1993 printing)
ISBN: 9780452270077
0452270073
Characteristics: 251 p. ; 21 cm.

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FirnenLegacy
Feb 05, 2017

HUGELY helpful in my understanding to the realities of World War One and other hidden facts. I definitely got a little bored at some points in the book; but right now we're going over World War I in my AP World History class and it's so nice to have that literary understanding.

I thought the book itself was alright, some of the language won't make sense with some backnowledge. I was actually kind of excited when I found out it's part of a trilogy. Reading the second book right now (and it starts off pretty strange).

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sderaaf
Nov 03, 2016

*Read first* in Regeneration series

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belialle
Mar 07, 2015

Amazing read. The very beginning is a letter/statement from a major character in the book that could have been written during the Afghanstan and Iraq wars in the last ten years. Yet, it was written in 1917 World War one in this fictionalized novel. Various types of PTSD manifested by English soldiers are addressed by a psychologist. Realities of war experience are described based on real soldiers experience. Both the questioning of why wars are waged as well as the loyalty of soldiers fighting them are presented. The Afterword is very poignant relative to actual dates of life for the real soldiers and poets the book is based upon.

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mmechef
Jun 02, 2014

While Ghost Road won the Booker, and I love all three books in the trilogy, I think this is the best book of all of them. Absolutely brilliant and beautifully written. I can't recommend this enough.

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maipenrai
Oct 12, 2013

A very well written study on the effects of war. Though the book focuses on "shell shock" and World War I, it's issues could apply to any war. A psychiatrist tries to save the life of a soldier who believes the war as it is being conducted is a pointless bloodbath. The doctor wants the young man to accept an assignment that will not return him to the trenches. This book reminded me of the great "Catch 22" of Joseph Heller set in World War II. If you are afraid to fly your missions and want to be diagnosed as crazy so you can escape the war, you are obviously not crazy because the war is dangerous. Thus to be afraid is sane. Highly recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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0266
Jul 13, 2013

I loved this novel. It actually made me see poetry from a whole new perspective. To this day, Wilfrid Owen is my favourite poet because of Pat Barker's Regeneration. The film is great too...

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Sarah1984
Jul 07, 2012

I found this a fascinating book!! I am really interested in anything about medicine and so found the description of early psychological treatments of WWI veterans very interesting. Also, that the whole trilogy is based on fact, on the real life meeting of the poet Sigfried Sassoon and his doctor during his rehabilitation W.H.R. Rivers. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

nadian Jan 07, 2009

If the subject interests you, this will be a great read. Loved this novel, thought it was fascinating!

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Mar 07, 2015

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nadian Jan 07, 2009

Pat Barker's Regeneration is the opening salvo in her trilogy of novels about the young men who fought in the First World War. Based on the real life meeting between the poet and anti-war protestor Siegfried Sassoon and army psychologist W.H.R. Rivers in 1917, Regeneration is a vivid evocation of the agony of the Front as well as a powerful anthem for doomed youth.

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