Synopses & Reviews
Plagued by nightmarish memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die, Nick's grandfather Gordie lays dying as Nick struggles to keep the peace in his increasingly fractious home. As Nick's suburban family loses control over their world, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present. As a study of the power of memory and loss, Another World
conveys with extraordinary intensity the ways in which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present.
demonstrates the extraordinary immediacy and vigor of expression we have come to expect from Barker . . . A powerful and moving and deeply humane study of the tyranny of the past and the quandaries of the present."--Barry Unsworth, The New York Times Book Review
"[Pat Barker] is the natural successor to George Orwell, like him a keen and passionate defender of humiliated children, foot soldiers and what's become of the British working class."--Newsday
"One of Pat Barker's gifts is her mix of compassion and bleak realism . . . Barker's confidence as a stripped-down, elegant stylist is evenly matched by her moral depth."--The Boston Sunday Globe
"Barker is capable of getting across a powerful message with the absolute minimum of rhetoric, one of the rarest gifts a writer can be blessed with. The surface simplicity of her method conceals, then slowly reveals, a narrative with all the richness and complexity of a symphony."--The New Criterion
"This old-fashioned novel in a modern idiom remains one of the best things she has ever done, surely the most moving." --Ruth Rendell, author of Harm Done
"A remarkable novel, stark but human at the center." --The Sunday Star-Ledger
"[Barker's] remarkable visits to the past help replenish the emptying containers of memory by substituting storytelling for forgetting. With her novels, she adds dignity to this century's often bleak and undignified human record." --The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Barker's writing is brilliant; the thoughtful, inventively composed sentences are a joy to read."
--The Austin American Statesman
Suppose time can slow down. Suppose it's not an ever-rolling stream, but something altogether more viscous and unpredictable, like blood. Suppose it coagulates around terrible events, clots them over, stops the flow . . .
During the hazy Newcastle summer, Nick's grandfather Geordie lies dying. A proud and resilient man, he has long outlived his peers but not the memories of his youth during World War I. As Nick watches, Geordie starts to relive the horrors that surrounded his brother's death in the painful days before his own.
About the Author
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, comprising Regeneration, The Eye in the Door
, which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road
, which won the Booker Prize. Pat Barker is married and lives in Durham.