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Life Class

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In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World War I begins, Paul tends to the dying soldiers from the front line as a Belgian Red Cross volunteer, but the longer he remains, the greater the distance between him and home becomes. By the time he returns, Paul must confront not only the overwhelming, perhaps impossible challenge of how to express all that he has seen and experienced, but also the fact that life, and love, will never be the same for him again.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307387801
  • 9780307387806
  • 770,418

About Pat Barker

Pat Barker is most recently the author of the novels Toby's Room and 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.show more

Review quote

Beautiful and evocative . . . a coming-of-age story that transcends the individual and gestures to the fate of a generation. People Life Class possesses organic power and narrative sweep. . . . Barker conjures up the hellish terrors of the war and its fallout with meticulous precision. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Here, as in her best fiction, Barker unveils psychologically rich characters. . . and resists the trappings of a neat love story, reminding us once again that in art and life we remain infinitely mysterious. San Francisco Chronicle A book so alive from page to page that it's difficult to put down. Seattle Times"show more

Rating details

2,981 ratings
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4 38% (1,142)
3 37% (1,104)
2 11% (321)
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