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The Eye in the Door

By Pat Barker

Review

Pat Barker’s renowned “Regeneration” trilogy (1991/1993/1995) uses World War One trauma and shell-shock as its key theme, borrowing true-life characters (Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, famed war poets, for example) in order to explore attitudes towards hysteria in men and differing treatment methods, such as the then-recent use of talking therapy.  “Liza’s England” is a gorgeous text exploring aging and vulnerability.   

Key Themes:

  • History of Psychiatry
  • Institutional Abuses
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Revealing Reads

Reference: Pat, Barker. 1993. The Eye in the Door. London: Penguin, 1994

Reviewer

- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Friday 20th March 2009