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A Good Place To Start

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Regeneration 2

A Bad Place To Start

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Another World 1

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Pat Barker

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vitawallace January 27th, 2006 10:41 PM PST

These are AMAZING novels about WWI that include real people as well as fictional ones. They are a set: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and the Ghost Road, and they should be read in that order. There is a lot more violence, of expression as well as subject matter, in these books than I could usually read, however they are worth it.

decemberthirty January 30th, 2006 08:32 AM PST

While the Regeneration trilogy is undoubtedly Pat Barker's best work and an excellent place to start reading her, she has also written several other books that are worth reading. I recommend Union Street, Blow Your House Down, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Border Crossing. Although none of these books have the scope or ambition of the Regeneration series, they do share Barker's powerful and often unsettling writing and her tremendous understanding of character. On the other hand, I found both Double Vision and Another World to be disappointing; I wouldn't suggest anybody start with those books as their first Barker.

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