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Nor and Toby are close some might say too close But when World War I begins Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies at the Slade under the tutelage of Professor Henry Tonks There in a startling development based in actual fact Elinor finds that her drafting skills are deployed to aid in the literal reconstruction of those maimed in combatOne day in 1917 Elinor has a sudden premonition that Toby will not return from France Three weeks later the family receives a telegram informing them that The bitter irony of war is that it defines life at the same time as it destroys For those in uniform following orders is the one raison d’etre when all reason has been lost in the bloodied muck of the battlefield For those left behind doing for the war effort becomes the channel through which fear and pride flow into the morass of uncertainty How does war change us Does it redefine character Does it halt the trajectory of our lives and set us on a different path Does it show in stark relief who we really are stripped bare of our defenses and pretenses And who are we if we have been stripped of that most central piece of our identity our literal flesh and bone faceWith Toby’s Room her follow up to 2007’s Life Class Pat Barker returns to England in the years just prior to World War I The first part of Toby’s Room set in 1912 at the country home of Toby’s and his sister Elinor’s upper middle class family serves as a preuel to Life Class Its second half set in 1917 – tells us what became of the characters and their relationships that were the central focus of Life Class Toby’s Room can be read independently of its precursor but it is a strong testament to the writer’s skill how seamlessly she weaves together these two books so that they seem not like preuel or seuel but parts of a greater whole Barker explores many of the same themes in Toby’s Room – the intersection of art and war the brutality of the WWI battlefields and trenches the emotional defenses people create to survive the worst of times But Toby’s Room is darker richer and crueler than Life Class It shows us that not even the greatest heroism and courage can change the face of shame There is an element of mystery in Toby’s Room as Elinor obsesses over the “Missing Believed Killed” telegram her family receives in 1917 Her search for the truth of her brother’s disappearance in France defines the narrative’s plot Elinor manages this intrigue while turning her back on any involvement in the war willfully denying the effect it has had on her life her love affairs and her family She tries to lose herself in her art but eventually it is her art that draws her directly into the war effort Pat Barker brings to life the fascinating intersection of war art and science during World War I intermingling historical characters and institutions with her fictional narrative to show how artists aided in surgical reconstruction of soldiers’ faces disfigured by bullets bombs and shrapnel I spent some time looking through the Tonks’ portraits at The Gillies Archives the creation and use of which is also a central theme of Toby’s Room The portraits of faces destroyed by war and reconstructed with the medical technology available at the time are devastating Barker gives these forgotten men voices faces and souls Her writing style is restrained distant almost cold at times The tone fits the characters and their social class and mirrors the walls they have erected around their hearts And it makes the brutality of the story all the shocking Flesh Wounds front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her At Sixes And Sevens fine art studies at the Slade under the tutelage of Professor Henry Tonks There in a startling development based in actual Mr. Piper and His Cubs fact Elinor A More Christlike Way finds that her drafting skills are deployed to aid in the literal reconstruction of those maimed in combatOne day in 1917 Elinor has a sudden premonition that Toby will not return Once Upon a Crime from France Three weeks later the The Shadow Writer family receives a telegram informing them that The bitter irony of war is that it defines life at the same time as it destroys For those in uniform Skinjob following orders is the one raison d’etre when all reason has been lost in the bloodied muck of the battlefield For those left behind doing Proud for the war effort becomes the channel through which Top Dog fear and pride Bandits Moon flow into the morass of uncertainty How does war change us Does it redefine character Does it halt the trajectory of our lives and set us on a different path Does it show in stark relief who we really are stripped bare of our defenses and pretenses And who are we if we have been stripped of that most central piece of our identity our literal Hamlet Retelling (Hogarth Shakespeare, flesh and bone Not On The Label faceWith Toby’s Room her While My Pretty One Sleeps follow up 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Toby is “Missing Believed Killed” in Ypres However there is no body and Elinor refuses to accept the official explanation Then she finds a letter hidden in the lining of Toby’s uniform; Toby knew he wasn’t coming back and he implies that fellow soldier Kit Neville will know why Toby’s Room is an elouent literary narrative of hardship and resilience love and betrayal and anguish and redemption In unflinching yet elegant prose Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behin Pat Barker tackles another World War I tale with Toby's Room The story revolves around Elinor's uest to find out how her brother Toby died in the war I adored the Regeneration Trilogy and perhaps that's why I was so disappointed in this book There were a few major problems that I had with Toby's Room First the character of Elinor never grabbed my interest She seemed aloof and although it was clear she loved her brother I never uite felt it Toby also was a complete mystery to me The other characters Kit and Paul were much stronger but this didn't save the book since the story focused on Elinor and her brother I was also annoyed by the incest theme I didn't uite understand why it was included in the story Barker throws the incest into the book so early that we don't understand the motivation behind it In fact I never understood what drove Toby and Elinor together Were we to think that Toby's advances towards his sister were an attempt to fight his gay tendencies or was the incident something that drove him towards men I just didn't get it I feel the book would have been better if she had cut the incest thread altogether and instead fleshed out the relationship between Elinor and Toby Despite its problems the book was uite riveting when it got rolling and that's why it gets three stars instead of two Barker once again injects realism into her novel by having the war artist Henry Tonks as Elinor's art teacher I'm not sure this worked uite as well as it did in the Regeneration Trilogy but it was still an interesting inclusion Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery, finds a letter hidden in the lining of Toby’s uniform; Toby knew he wasn’t coming back and he implies that Who Were the Wright Brothers? fellow soldier Kit Neville will know why Toby’s Room is an elouent literary narrative of hardship and resilience love and betrayal and anguish and redemption In unflinching yet elegant prose Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact not only on soldiers at the The Expat Diaries front but on the loved ones they leave behin Pat Barker tackles another World War I tale with Toby's Room The story revolves around Elinor's uest to The Hired Man find out how her brother Toby died in the war I adored the Regeneration Trilogy and perhaps that's why I was so disappointed in this book There were a Death of a Ghost few major problems that I had with Toby's Room First the character of Elinor never grabbed my interest She seemed aloof and although it was clear she loved her brother I never uite The Monk of Mokha felt it Toby also was a complete mystery to me The other characters Kit and Paul were much stronger but this didn't save the book since the story Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy, focused on Elinor and her brother I was also annoyed by the incest theme I didn't uite understand why it was included in the story Barker throws the incest into the book so early that we don't understand the motivation behind it In Perfect Ponies 3 in 1 fact I never understood what drove Toby and Elinor together Were we to think that Toby's advances towards his sister were an attempt to The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, fight his gay tendencies or was the incident something that drove him towards men I just didn't get it I Sigil (Irdesi Empire feel the book would have been better if she had cut the incest thread altogether and instead Death of a Ghost (Albert Campion Mystery, fleshed out the relationship between Elinor and Toby Despite its problems the book was uite riveting when it got rolling and that's why it gets three stars instead of two Barker once again injects realism into her novel by having the war artist Henry Tonks as Elinor's art teacher I'm not sure this worked uite as well as it did in the Regeneration Trilogy but it was still an interesting inclusion

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From Booker Prize winner Pat Barker a masterful novel that portrays the staggering human cost of the Great War Admirers of her Regeneration Trilogy as well as fans of Downton Abbey and War Horse will be enthralled With Toby’s Room a seuel to her widely praised previous novel Life Class the incomparable Pat Barker confirms her place in the pantheon of Britain’s finest novelists This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke a medical student and his younger sister Elinor Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships Eli Somehow I have managed to read the second volume of this trilogy first Life Class is the first and I will read that next It is a stand alone novel though There is an awful lot going on here The obvious link is Virginia Woolf’s war novel Jacob’s Room and of course Toby was the name of Woolf’s brother and a brother sister relationship is an integral part of this novelBarker has taken a group of artists studying at The Slade to examine what the role of the artist is during wartime The first novel in the trilogy is set in 1914; this one alternates between 1912 and 1917 The fictional characters are based on a real group of artists at The Slade at the time Mark Gertler Dora Carrington Barbara Hiles Paul Nash Stanley Spencer and Christopher Nevinson Elinor Brooke is Carrington Kit Neville is a mix of Nevinson and Gertler Paul Tarrant is a mix of Nash and Spencer Their teacher Henry Tonks is one of the real life characters in the book Woolf and Ottoline Morrell also turn up Elinor’s brother Toby is clearly based on Edward Brittain Vera Brittain’s brother and based on information that was not known when Vera Brittain wrote Testament of Youth This is another of the themes how soldiers who were gay were treated Anyone who was reported for homosexual activity would be court martialled and could face ten years in prison This is what happened to Brittain and a “sympathetic” commanding officer basically said “Lead the assault don’t come back” and he didn’t Another theme focuses on how a woman artist should react to the war and we follow Elinor as she makes decisions about what to do The central mystery of the book is how Toby Brooke dies he is missing believed killed and Elinor expends a good deal of energy finding out what happens One of the most powerful parts of the book focuses on men who has serious facial disfigurements and looks at how society reacts to them and what is to be done with them The ueen Mary hospital in Sidcup is the hospital for those with severe facial injuries Tonks and the surgeon Gillies are based there Tonks painted and drew the men who were disfigured and Gilles operated on them pioneering reconstructive surgery The drawings that Tonks produced can now be seen online The relationship between Elinor and Toby is complex and for a time sexual and her search for the manner of his death is as much a search for an ending and resolution Barker’s prose is as stark as ever “Black leafless trees stencilled onto a white sky” and blue lamps giving faces “a cyanosed look the first darkening of the skin after death” There is no flowery wordplay and the novel is direct and powerful Barker is as ever looking at the human response to traumatic events There are lots of Woolf allusions scattered around moths being one of them but this isn’t an homage to Bloomsbury it is very much a critiue The portrait of Bloomsbury in the book is as much negative as positive especially about modernism This is another readable and powerful novel by Barker and I’m off to read the first novel in the trilogy