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Another World

de Pat Barker

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"During the hazy Newcastle summer, Nick's grandfather Geordie lies dying. A proud, resilient man, he has long outlived his peers but not his memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die. Now, on his own deathbed, Geordie starts to relive the horrors of his youth." "Meanwhile, at Lob's Hill, on the other side of the city, Nick and his pregnant wife, Fran, are failing to keep the peace in their increasingly fractious home. In an effort to unite the family, Fran persuades the children to help her redecorate the shabby living room. Gradually, as they peel the old wallpaper away, a vigorous and obscene drawing of an Edwardian family is revealed. The portrait is an exercise in hate: it lays bare the history of their home and casts a terrifying shadow over the family." "As events at Lob's Hill unfold, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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Didn't start well but got into the swing eventually. However it didn't really hang together. A mishmash of stuff that could have been interesting on it's own but didn't really fit together and allow the narrative to breathe. And why the ghost story? No need for it really. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Read this book for Reading 1001, BOTM Nov 2019. I have read Regeneration by the author. In this book, set in more contemporary times we have a blended, dysfunctional family that has moved into a Victorian house in Newcastle upon tyne. The other story line is the aging grandfather, 101, impending death. He is a WWI vet who suffered PTSD. There is a overlying sinister mood in this story. The family finds a picture of the previous owner of the home that portrays violence and hatred and the that this family on the wall reflects the undertones of the current family. I also enjoyed the second story line of the aging WWI vet, grandfather who is dying and also struggling with thoughts that he is tortured by to the point that his finally words, "I am in hell", are the last words Nick has from his grandfather. Themes of effects of violence on following generations, issues of violence, ideals of innocence and goodness, and sexuality. While I liked both stories, I did not feel that the author was successful in piecing them together. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 2, 2019 |
As usual, Pat Barker's writing was excellent. The book was absorbing, and I enjoyed it, but I was left wondering why she chose to bring together two very different stories. Also, why did she introduce the ghost-story element? Would love to be able to discuss it with someone else who's read it. ( )
  meredk | May 17, 2019 |
I am glad that this is the last book on my shelf by Pat Barker, because I found this to be such a depressing read. It was published in 1998 some three year after Ghost road which was the final part of her Regeneration trilogy. Another World could almost be an addendum to the Regeneration books because one of the themes of the book is an old first world war soldier’s (Geordie is 101) difficulties of coming to terms with incidents from the war. Juxtaposed with his struggles as he stares into the face of his own demise is his sons own struggles with his extended family. Nick is in the unenviable position of having to help look after his deteriorating father while trying to keep his second family from imploding: tiredness and exhaustion exasperate an already fraught situation.

In my opinion there is too much going on in this story which barrels along leaving its characters strewn in its wake. The most developed character is Geordie who heroically faces his mortality while harbouring a terrible secret: usually where two threads of a storyline are run in parallel one can see connections of plot or theme, in this case the only connection seems to be the family connection, Geordie’s struggles seem to have very little bearing on the problems of Nick’s second family apart from adding to Nick’s tiredness. Barker is adept at touches of observation that seem so right and her dialogue can be spot on, but where she struggles in my opinion is in her analysis of the issues created by her storyline and this is not helped by a continually changing POV. We get snatches of characters feelings, wants and desires, but overall there is little depth to them and their actions are not always consistent in the way that Barker has presented them. There is also her theme of ghosts either from the past or in the present that seem little more than vehicles for her plot.

A story about a struggling family and a first world war veteran stricken with cancer is not going to be a fun read, but Barker wants to rub her readers noses in the dirt and the filth. Sex and of course there is sex in Barker’s books is totally joyless, family members go out of their way to create problems for themselves and Geordie’s illness is graphically described . A centre of calm is provided by Helen an author and psychologist who has been recording Geordie’s war time experiences, but she is little more than a stock character. For me Barker’s eagerness to tell a story and to create a realistic scenario has resulted in a book that lacks depth. A bit of a disappointment and so three stars. ( )
3 vota baswood | Mar 12, 2019 |
Gripping and painful - an unfliching description of the most banal and terrible difficulties of new and fractured families, set against the shadows of the First World War and the immanence of death
  otterley | Jul 15, 2018 |
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This is exactly why Barker is so impressive: she accepts contradiction. Her novels reach for the truth, but she never pretends to have found it. A mystery always remains. That is all the truth there is; and besides, mystery is better to read about than proclamations of certainty.
afegit per e.e.cummingslibrary | editaNew York Review of Books, Gabriele Annan (Web de pagament) (May 20, 1999)
 
"Another World'' demonstrates the extraordinary immediacy and vigor of expression we have come to expect from Barker -- brilliant touches of observation, an unfailing ear for dialogue, a talent for imagery that is darting and brief but wonderfully apt. . . The narrative pace is superbly maintained -- this is a novel that doesn't allow you to miss a sentence.
 

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"During the hazy Newcastle summer, Nick's grandfather Geordie lies dying. A proud, resilient man, he has long outlived his peers but not his memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die. Now, on his own deathbed, Geordie starts to relive the horrors of his youth." "Meanwhile, at Lob's Hill, on the other side of the city, Nick and his pregnant wife, Fran, are failing to keep the peace in their increasingly fractious home. In an effort to unite the family, Fran persuades the children to help her redecorate the shabby living room. Gradually, as they peel the old wallpaper away, a vigorous and obscene drawing of an Edwardian family is revealed. The portrait is an exercise in hate: it lays bare the history of their home and casts a terrifying shadow over the family." "As events at Lob's Hill unfold, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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