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    Description"From Booker Prize winner Pat Barker, a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War. Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of "Downton Abbey" and "War Horse" will be enthralled. " With "Toby's Room," a sequel to her widely praised previous novel "Life Class," the incomparable Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain's finest novelists. This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies at the Slade, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Tonks. There, in a startling development based in actual fact, Elinor finds that her drafting skills are deployed to aid in the literal reconstruction of those maimed in combat. One day in 1917, Elinor has a sudden premonition that Toby will not return from France. Three weeks later the family receives a telegram informing them that Toby is "Missing, Believed Killed" in Ypres. However, there is no body, and Elinor refuses to accept the official explanation. Then she finds a letter hidden in the lining of Toby's uniform; Toby knew he wasn't coming back, and he implies that fellow soldier Kit Neville will know why. " Toby's Room" is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war's impact--not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.


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    Title
    Toby's Room
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pat Barker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385524360
    ISBN 10: 0385524366
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV, FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
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    BIC subject category V2: FJM
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
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    DC22: 823/.914
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: I-FH
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    B&T Approval Code: P25208000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    LC classification: PR6052.A6488 T63 2012
    Thema V1.0: FB, FV, FJM
    Publisher
    Doubleday Books
    Imprint name
    Doubleday Books
    Publication date
    02 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Pat Barker is most recently the author of "Life Class," as well as the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy: "Regeneration"; "The Eye in the Door," winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and "The Ghost Road," winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels. She lives in the north of England. www.doubleday.com "Life Class "is available in Anchor paperback.
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    Praise for "Toby's Room" "Barker...has pursued [World War I] through a remarkable series of novels: the much-admired "Regeneration" trilogy..."Life Class" and now "Toby's Room."... [T]hese novels go far beyond a demonstration of the powers of the historical imagination. Like most good works of fiction, they're not so much about the events they depict as about the resonance of those events, the way certain actions ripple through people's lives.... "Toby's Room" takes large risks. It's dark, painful and indelibly grotesque, yet it is also tender. It strains its own narrative control to create in the midst of an ordinary life a kind of deformed reality--precisely to illustrate how everything we call 'ordinary' is disfigured by war. And it succeeds brilliantly."-- John Vernon, "New York Times Book Review " "[T]he writing is lucid and often beautiful."--Thom Geier, "Entertainment Weekly " "A tantalizing and moving return to wartime London."--Joanna Scutts, "Washington Post" "You get a glimpse inside Toby's room in Pat Barker's poignant novel of the same name, but what you remember are three real and very different English landmarks -- the Slade, London's prestigious art academy; Cafe Royal, frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf; and the Queen's Hospital, opened in 1917 to serve injured British soldiers in need of facial reconstruction.... No one evokes England in all its stiff-upper-lip gritty wartime privation like Barker. She is as uncompromising as Henry Tonks, as determined to render an honest portrayal of war. She will not allow us to sweep it out of sight.... [She] sets the bar high."--Ellen Kanner, "Miami Herald" "Haunting and complicated sibling love is at the heart of Pat Barker's Great War novel.... [T]he precision of Ms. Barker's writing shows her again to be one of the finest chroniclers of both the physical and psychological disfigurements exacted by the First Worldh