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Toby's Room (2012)

av Pat Barker

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A portrait of an upper-class family torn by World War I centers on an anguished sister whose beloved brother goes missing in action, in an epic tale that explores the experiences of the family members and the working-class people who support them.
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Not having read anything previously by this author I came to it fresh, as it were, with no pre-conceptions or expectations. I was very disappointed, the characters for the most part were bland and very poorly fleshed out. The one character that wasn't bland was inexplicably loud without any real explanation as to why.

The "shocking" scene very early on in the book was not picked up later on and I could not understand why it was included in the first place as it had no relevance to the story or the characters as they unfolded. What on earth was the author thinking by including such a scene without any follow-up in any way shape or form.

To be honest, I found the whole thing pretty much irrelevant. The fact that it was set in the First World War sent to be a contrivance rather than an intent. It added nothing apart from background. If you haven't read it, don't bother.

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  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
This story is divided into two parts. The first section is a prequel to [Life Class] and looks at the family of Elinor Brooke, art student and her relationship with her older brother Toby. I struggled a little bit with the direction this took...However Part 2 moves on to 1917 when Toby is working as a field surgeon at the front in France. Kit Neville is a stretcher bearer there as well. In pre-war days they had met once as equals through Elinor. However, in France, Toby is an officer and their relationship is uncomfortable. Toby takes risks, insisting on leading them out in search of the dead and army identifiction tags. Kit sees this as risking the lives of men for the dead.
Eventually, the family are informed of Toby's death and Elinor is grief stricken. When Kit is returned suffering a serious facial injury, she asks mutual friend Paul to visit Kit and find out the details of Toby's death.
The second section features the work done in plastic surgery by a New Zealand born Dr Gillies and the role art plays in his work. I found this interesting and found myself googling his work. Admirable indeed. I will now have to source the third book in this trilogy. ( )
  HelenBaker | Apr 27, 2020 |
I had never heard of Pat Barker before, and read this as a monthly book group read.

It is a sad story about a brother an sister, who share a very dark secret, and is set just before the First World War. The family they come from is slightly dysfunctional, but fairly well to do, and Elinor has a tempestuous relationship with her mother. Because of this she trusts her brother intimately. WW1 starts and Toby is called up, Elinaor is at art school, and sees little of her brother now. He sings up, and is joined by a fellow art student.

Towards the end of the war, the family receive the standard message, that Toby is missing presumed dead. It turn out that one of Elinors fellow students was there when he died, and she is desperate to find out what happened. After some persuasion she does, and can draw a line under his life.

It is a melancholy story, and I found it very readable. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Normally I'm a big Pat Barker fan but I did not enjoy this audio book. It could have been the narrator, who was very plummy. Onward... ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Terrific book, slightly better (IMO) than the first of the trilogy. This is Pat Barker at her best: crisp, imaginative writing; fascinating characters; keen insight into people's motivations. The descriptions of both WWI battle injuries and art work are insightful. The pacing of the book is perfect - it's gripping. ( )
  meredk | May 14, 2016 |
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