Covered faces and exposed psyches
Posted: 01 Nov 2013 @ 00:08
Michael Wheeler reads an allusive novel,
Toby's Room, by Pat Barker
THE year 1914 - an entry in the world's long chronology that,when spoken, sounds like a muffled bell. As we approach thecentenary of this historical watershed, we might dust down our oldnotes on "The origins of the First World War", or catch yet anotherdocumentary, or revisit the so-called "war poets", now set texts inliterature courses, whose images of unrelieved gloom are contestedby some modern historians.
Or we can turn to Pat Barker's recent and highly praised novel,Toby's ...
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