The Regeneration Trilogy

The Regeneration Trilogy

Pat Barker / Dec 09, 2019

The Regeneration Trilogy A trilogy of novels set during World War I which mingle real and fictional characters The Ghost Road won the Booker Prize

  • Title: The Regeneration Trilogy
  • Author: Pat Barker
  • ISBN: 9780670869299
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A trilogy of novels set during World War I which mingle real and fictional characters The Ghost Road won the 1995 Booker Prize.

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        Pat Barker was born in Thornaby on Tees in 1943 She was educated at the London School of Economics and has been a teacher of history and politics Her books include 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 Pat Barker is married and lives in Durham, England.


    1. The novelists who wrote immediately after the war (or even during it) – Barbusse, Remarque, Manning, even Hemingway – were concerned mostly with getting down the facts: recording the realities of modern warfare before they allowed themselves to forget, before the details became incredible. Writers of subsequent generations cannot write what they know, and they need to do something else – bring some higher assessment of how people, and society, reacted to this cataclysm overall.Doing this b [...]

    2. A powerful reading experience, this is a book that one will be thinking about for a very long time. The writing is superb, the use of small, lovely details (sunlight reflecting on eyeglasses, rose petals, bubbles on the legs of a man resting in a fishpond, things seen only by starlight' etc there are many more examples) against the backdrop of the vulgarity that was WWI, serve to make the book all the more moving. A sentence as simple as this is astounding within the context of the overall work: [...]

    3. This trilogy is a fascinating approach to WW I, using a handful of historical figures and one or two fictional characters to get into the psychology of the young Englishman who fought in the trenches of France. Book 1, Regeneration, is the story of Siegfried Sassoon's time at Craiglockhart Castle, Scotland, where he was being treated for "shell shock" (in Sassoon's case it was speaking out publicly against the war that made him unfit for service) by preeminent psychologist Dr. Jonathan Rivers. H [...]

    4. I read these books in the late '90s, after Ghost Road was first published. I was in love with the British war poets of WWI at the time and this fit right in. I don't remember many details, but these books were great reads. Very athmospheric, accessible and captivating main characters, I suffered with them every step of the way.

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    6. While it's technically three novels, The Regeneration Trilogy is one story, and for convenience comes in a one-volume omnibus. Any of the parts could be read on its own—there's enough brief recap that one could be aware of the events of the other volumes without having read them, and as the trilogy is character-based rather than plot-based it won't befuddle anyone who jumps in at the middle. However, to do so would do the story an immense disservice. Read in its proper order, Regeneration form [...]

    7. Absolutely brilliant must-read especially for anyone interested in World War One and shell shock. An unsentimental, raw and intimate trilogy featuring historically accurate figures such as war poets, Sigfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and anthropologist/doctor W.H.R.Rivers. Read it!

    8. Grim, just awful. I've given it 2* because I did get through it, interested to discover what happened to her OCs - so that's a big plus for Barker. Everything else is a minus.I suppose it's not Pat Barker's fault she wrote this before Max Egremont got access to Sassoon's diaries for Siegfried Sassoon: A Life or Cambridge University Press published them, but Sassoon's autobiographical The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston had been around for 70 years and are much more worthwhile to read. Not to [...]

    9. The third part, The Ghost Road comes through after a long introduction and slow middle part. The end however is where Pat Barker brings all points of view to a full circle. Barker stands aside and narrates a story like an observer - its harsh, brutal and engaging.

    10. I just finished the first book of the trilogy, entitled "Regeneration." I have mixed feelings about it. The story focuses on the treatment of World War I soldiers who have experienced psychiatric breakdowns and disorders as a result of the horrors of war. There is also an underlying discussion of the morality and ethics of war itself. On the one hand, I enjoyed learning a little bit about the emerging views of post-combat psychiatric trauma, and I appreciated the fact that several of the charact [...]

    11. RegenerationThe forthcoming anniversary of the Great War should provide some motivation for readers to revisit, or discover this trilogy from the nineties. Acclaimed at the time (topped off by a Booker Prize for the last in the series The Ghost Road) it has been on my 'to read' list for many years. The story centres around an institution for mentally ill soldiers near Edinburgh, and psychologist W H Rivers. A particular focus is his relationship with patient Siegfried Sassoon and the moral confl [...]

    12. Hard hitting, thought provoking and moving, this is an excellent trilogy set during the First World War. It deals largely with the psychological effects/trauma that the war had on the men who fought as well as various social issues of the time. These are books that do not shy away from the life-changing impact that the war had on the people involved and they make for some very emotive reading. The amount of research that Pat Barker has done into the subject is astonishing and the whole thing pro [...]

    13. It's hard to imagine a more beautiful, more sublime or complex series of books than these by Pat Barker. I said in a recent conversation that they don't even feel as if they were written by a particular person, but that they just appeared, fully formed, to show us all that we need to know about how humans attempt to deal with tragedy; to live with the unlivable. War and its aftermath come to occupy the same place and time in these three books, inextricably linked in a society that does not yet u [...]

    14. The first novel in this trilogy presents us with victims of "shell shock" and other "war neuroses" being treated Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh during WWI. Barker bases some of her characters on historical figures such as poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen and the man who led their treatment. Some of the details are brutal, but the writing is excellent, the characters Barker creates compelling. The inclusion of female munitions workers adds a perspective not usually found in either hi [...]

    15. I read all three novels in this Regeneration series in one reading event, as though they were one book. And this may be the reason that (a) Books 2 and 3 made such sense and the characters in particular were recognisable, following on immediately from the previous book, and (b) I was ready for the series to be over by the time I got to the end of Book 3.I ordered this trilogy online following reviews that said Pat Barker knows WWI better than any other living writer. A previous novel I'd read wh [...]

    16. I read the trilogy a few years ago and found it spectacular! Barker has a new novel coming out next year (I hope) of The Iliad from the viewpoint of a woman. It's about time we heard from Her. I have the new translation of The Odyssey translated for the first time by a woman and there is Le Guin's retelling of Cicero's Aeneid from the POV of Lavinia, a significant character who is unvoiced in that poem.

    17. I found this book hard going but I felt the need to finish it. There are quite a few different story lines each portrayed in great depth and very dipictive. Some parts very graphic and not for the faint hearted reader. Interesting to know that some of the characters did exist. I really felt I knew each character really well by the end. It does give you a real atmospheric read of what it must have been like for those who endured WW1.

    18. Bringing history alive in all its gritty and grim and sometime sordid detail.Needless to say underlying this is the futility and waste of war.Thanks goodness for beacons like Rivers

    19. My introduction to Pat Barker and the Regeneration trilogy was actually via a 2012 Economist book review of Toby's Room (sequel to Life Class): I remember thinking the book sounded fascinating, and putting it on my mental to-read list after reading the Regeneration trilogy and Life Class.I still haven't gotten round to Life Class yet, but I was in an airport bookshop recently and saw the paperback edition of the Regeneration trilogy. I was slightly confused as to why the bookshop had chosen to s [...]

    20. “Regeneration” is the first in a trilogy of historical fiction novels set around World War 1 that involves real personalities along with a few fictional characters sprinkled in to complete the story. This review covers the first book, and it is a different kind of war novel than I’ve ever read before because it didn’t focus much at all on major battles or the ebb and flow of the war. Instead, it focused on the psychological impact of the war and treatment of officers and soldiers exposed [...]

    21. -- Just finished "The Re generation Trilogy" -- what a fascinating book it was!!!! Although I was rather disappointed after reading "Regeneration" which is the first book in a trilogy: It would have been more enjoyable if the book was more focused on the characters's 'background'. I , however, started to enjoy Barker's writing style from the second part onward: very descriptive and powerful. The use of small, lovely details against the backdrop of the vulgarity that was WW1, serves to make the b [...]

    22. This haunting, elegiac trilogy of novels about World War I focuses not on adventure and heroism but on the deep scars that the trauma of war leaves on the psyches of soldiers. The first book, Regeneration, is about the efforts of Dr. William H.R. Rivers, a real life pioneering psychiatrist, to help officers hospitalized for "shell shock." His patients include a man who has been unable to eat since a decaying corpse exploded in his face, getting into his mouth; a man who cannot speak and cannot r [...]

    23. In giving this volume a three star rating I am judging the trilogy as a whole. The first book in the series is by far and away the best. All the characters are beautifully drawn and believable. The situations feel authentic and you get a real sense of gaining some understanding of how the First World War impacted on the lives of everyone. Sadly in the later volumes the fictitious character of Billy Prior becomes less and less believable as Barker uses him to explore the prejudices and ills of so [...]

    24. I'm not sure I'm quite the person to properly say this a I'm really not well-acquainted with WWI but I'd say that unlike some media I could mention it felt authentic to the era. Of course the war is horrific and it doesn't shy away from from that yet without removing the horror of what happened it managed to get over the ambiguity of how those involved felt about it because it's known that some of the historical figures in the book did chose to go back. Strangely as the books went on it went fro [...]

    25. Perhaps I made the wrong choice by "reading" this trilogy as travel books on Audible. One or two long car trips got me through the first two; and then I struggled to finish the last one ("Ghost Road", the Booker Prize winner), partly because of no long trips so the listening was chopped up into small segments. This trilogy is basically more atmospheric than action-packed, and maybe that's why I couldn't finish it, but I haven't had that problem before with audiobooks. I feel strongly that it's m [...]

    26. The best analysis of war I have ever read. It focuses on the psychological and sosiological damages of war and truly illustrates the pointlessness of it all.“Regenaration” is a masterful beginning for a strong trilogy of books that study WWI from a psychososiological perspective, featuring both real historical characters and truly interesting fictional ones.I’m not that hot on historical and especially war novels, but Barker has created a deeply meaningful, beautiful and extremely powerful [...]

    27. These three inter-related historical novels are set during the First World War and deal mainly with the treatment of soldiers suffering from the effect of shell shock. Several of the characters are based on historical figures such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, famous war-poets but the series centers on Billy Prior, a fictional working class officer.The opening novel is set in Craiglockhart Hospital which served as a psychiatric facility for war casualties in reality, and another of the [...]

    28. I read this trilogy after finishing "To End All Wars" by Adam Hochschild, which looks at WWI history from the vantage point of England. Since I seem to be on a roll with WWI, I decided to listen to Pat Barker's books that deal with the same period. The novels take place mostly in England, and the two main characters are the psychiatrist Rivers (a real person) and one of his patients, Billy Pryor (fictitious). By weaving the action around this pair, Barker is able to explore the terrible waste of [...]

    29. I'll keep this brief, because I could happily recount its virtues all day, but I loved it. With its motley cast of characters- my absolute favourite being the anthropologist turned psychiatrist Dr Rivers- and its refusal to shy away from gay themes, it was fantastic.That's not to say it's without flaws. Billy Prior, ostensibly the main character (and one of the few completely fictional figures to appear) is incredibly unsympathetic and given to jaw dropping behaviour- while he's tentatively diag [...]

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