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Pat Barker (1) (1943–)

Autor/a de Regeneration

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Pat Barker's most recent novel is Another World (FSG, 1999). She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy: Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the 1993 Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, winner of the 1996 Booker Prize. She lives in England. (Bowker Author mostra'n més Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Pat Barker

Regeneration (1991) 4,476 exemplars
The Ghost Road (1995) 2,837 exemplars
The Silence of the Girls (2018) 2,322 exemplars
The Eye in the Door (1993) 2,150 exemplars
Life Class (2007) 1,028 exemplars
Another World (1998) 954 exemplars
The Regeneration Trilogy (1991) 788 exemplars
Border Crossing (2001) 758 exemplars
The Women of Troy (2021) 683 exemplars
Toby's Room (2012) 576 exemplars
Double Vision (2003) 485 exemplars
Cartes a Iris (1982) 436 exemplars
Liza's England (1986) 289 exemplars
Noonday (2015) 245 exemplars
Blow Your House Down (1984) 204 exemplars
The Man Who Wasn't There (1989) 156 exemplars
War Talk (1991) 42 exemplars
Stanley & Iris [1990 film] (1990) — Autor — 17 exemplars
The Voyage Home (2024) 4 exemplars

Obres associades

Granta 7: Best of Young British Novelists (1983) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Regeneration [1997 film] (1997) — Original book — 24 exemplars
Line Dancing: Stories from East Anglia (2003) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Altres noms
Barker, Patricia Mary W.
Drake, Patricia Mary W.
Data de naixement
País (per posar en el mapa)
England, UK
Lloc de naixement
Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England, UK
London School of Economics
Durham University
Ralph, Anna (daughter)
Premis i honors



Le Salon reads the Iliad a Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (abril 2020)
What are you reading the week of September 20, 2019? a What Are You Reading Now? (setembre 2019)
***Group Read: Regerneration a 1001 Books to read before you die (novembre 2010)


Weer een prachtige Pat Barker, deze keer vanuit het standpunt van Briseis, het verhaal van wat er gebeurt met de vrouwen van een veroverde stad: de mannen en jongens worden gedood en de vrouwen en de meisjes als slaven verkocht of weggegeven. Briseis wordt aan Achilles gegeven, Patroclus is de enige man die echt aardig voor haar is. Ze gaat vaak stiekem. Zwemmen, Achilles doet datt ook, dan is hij even bij zijn moeder Thetis. Briseis ruikt daarna naar de zee en Achilles wordt daar helemaal gek van. Door van Achilles te zijn heeft Briseis nog niet eens zo’n slecht leven als vele anderen, minder jonge, minder mooie vrouwen van “mindere” afkomst. Agamemnon eist haar op een dag op voor zichzelf. Achilles is dan zo woedend dat hij niet meer mee vecht. Het gaat hem niet om het meisje, maar hij is in zijn eer aangetast. Als de Pest uitbreekt gaat Patroclus als Achilles vechten, hij wordt door Hector gedood. Achilles doodt en onteert Hector, en sleept hem achter zijn paard aan. Pas als Priamus komt smeken om het lichaam van zijn zoon geeft Achilles hem terug. Het verhaal eindigt met de val van Troje (zonder het verhaal van het paard). De jongste dochter van Priamus, Polyxena wordt “voor Ajax” geofferd door Agamemnon. Andromache wordt aan de zoon van Achilles, Phyrrus, gegeven, Cassandra aan Agamemnon, Achilles heeft Briseis nog laten trouwen met Alcimus, omdat ze dan een deel van leven heeft, en ze zwanger is.… (més)
vuurziel | Hi ha 102 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |
Couldn't read this novel. Not my type of book. Gave up in the 2nd chapter
David-Block | Hi ha 111 ressenyes més | Nov 29, 2023 |
This novel is a retelling of the Illiad and focuses on the last few weeks of the Trojan war leading up to the sacking of Troy, the slaughter of its male inhabitants and the enslavement of its women. It begins with the viewpoint of Briseis, a pivotal character in the Illiad but one not given her own voice. Queen of Lyrnessus, a satellite city of Troy, she is handed to Achilles as war price for his part in the sacking of her city, which included the slaughter of all the men and boys. After witnessing the cutting down of her brothers and husband by Achilles, she must endure being his bed-girl which includes rape, and later on more abuse by Agamemnon, the King in charge of the Greek army with whom Achilles had a falling out.

I found the earlier parts more interesting because as the book progresses there are sections from the viewpoint of Achilles. Possibly this is to include events and conversations which Briseis could not witness, being both female and a slave. It develops Achilles as a layered character with his own demons and throws more light on the devoted relationship between him and Patroclus, a King's son who, as a boy, killed another boy in an argument over a game of dice and was sent to become Achilles' companion. Patroclus, too, has more sides, one of them being that he is the only man in the camp who is kind to the female captives.

There is a deliberate anachronistic use of British slang and rude rugby songs in the book which on the whole I didn't mind but which occasionally jarred. I had hoped for more on how the female captives interacted. Maybe the title is a clue, because around the men the slaves have to keep quiet and among themselves they talk more about the men, probably because the men have the power of life and death over them. As Briseis herself says bitterly, she is part of Achilles' story. Also despite the overall blood-and-guts realism, the story veers into supernatural territory with the inclusion of Achilles' sea nymph mother - other people see her so she isn't some psychological quirk of his - and the transformation of Hector's corpse. The cover of this edition is also very striking.

On the grounds that I enjoyed this retelling more than 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller, enough to order the follow-up, I'm awarding this an additional star and give it a 4 star rating.
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kitsune_reader | Hi ha 102 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |
Just like it's predecessor, The Silence of the Girls, The Women of Troy is a masterpiece: eloquent tale, impassioned manifesto - an inclusive rewriting of the history. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
decaturmamaof2 | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | Nov 22, 2023 |


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