Toby’s Room by Pat Barker audiobook

Toby’s Room

By Pat Barker
Read by Nicola Barber

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780307387813

The Life Class Trilogy: Book 2

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It is 1917 and Elinor Brooke, a young painter, is studying art in London while her beloved brother Toby serves on the front as a medical officer. When Toby goes missing and is presumed dead, the devastated Elinor refuses to accept it. A letter she finds hidden among his belongings reveals that Toby knew he wasn’t coming back and implies that his friend, medic Kit Neville, knows why. But Kit has been horribly disfigured and is reeling from shell shock. While Elinor tries to piece together the mystery of what happened to her brother, she uses her drawing skills to aid in the surgical reconstruction of those who have suffered unspeakable losses—their faces, their memories, their very minds. Masterfully written and daringly ambitious, Toby’s Room explores at all levels of it means to be human.

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Summary

Summary

One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books in Fiction

It is 1917 and Elinor Brooke, a young painter, is studying art in London while her beloved brother Toby serves on the front as a medical officer. When Toby goes missing and is presumed dead, the devastated Elinor refuses to accept it. A letter she finds hidden among his belongings reveals that Toby knew he wasn’t coming back and implies that his friend, medic Kit Neville, knows why. But Kit has been horribly disfigured and is reeling from shell shock.

While Elinor tries to piece together the mystery of what happened to her brother, she uses her drawing skills to aid in the surgical reconstruction of those who have suffered unspeakable losses—their faces, their memories, their very minds.

Masterfully written and daringly ambitious, Toby’s Room explores at all levels of it means to be human.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The precision of Ms. Barker’s writing shows her again to be one of the finest chroniclers of both the physical and psychological disfigurements exacted by the First World War.” Wall Street Journal
“Unforgettable…Toby’s Room takes large risks…And it succeeds brilliantly.” New York Times Book Review
“The writing is lucid and often beautiful.” Entertainment Weekly
“Images are scrupulously vivid, and the plot has real momentum.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“A tantalizing and moving return to wartime London.” Washington Post
“Barker is so deft handling history, from battlefield scenes to surgery in Queen’s Hospital, that she has few peers.” Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“A novel about how art attempts to depict the horrors of World War One.” Boston Globe
“Art and war are the real fusion in this novel, and Barker offers fascinating meditations on the interrelation between the two…A powerful book.” San Francisco Chronicle
“No one evokes England in all its stiff-upper-lip gritty wartime privation like Barker. She is…determined to render an honest portrayal of war. She will not allow us to sweep it out of sight.” Miami (FL) Herald
“Barker has shown again that she is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature.” Independent (London)
“Barker writes about love, loss, and survival, themes that are supported well by Nicola Barber’s able narration. Barber imbues Elinor with a spirit of humanity that makes her easier to empathize with, particularly in her grief…The vocal differentiation is excellent, particularly the—at times, uncomfortable—voicing of the young man who lost his nose in the war.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Pat Barker

Author Bio: Pat Barker

Pat Barker is an English novelist who has won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Booker Prize. In 2000 she was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English