Book Review: Pat Barker’s Life Class

41zhniynv4l_sl160_pisitb-sticker-arrow-dptopright12-18_sh30_ou01_aa115_Life Class is a novel about artists caught up in the chaos of war and how they respond to it.  The novel starts in 1914 with a group of art students at the famous Slade School of Art in London taking part in the life drawing class, when the famous Slade professor Henry Tonks shows up to critique the student’s work and the main character (Paul Tarrant) storms out of the room.

Meticulously researched, this novel is really a study of relationships between people and what happens when those relationships are put through the cauldron of war.  For those who love reading about this period of history, this novel is a treat, told by a person who has spent many years researching the subject matter.  It is also very relevant to today’s world where the US is fighting a war on two fronts.
–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry.  During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business.  For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories.  For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts.  (c) 2009. All rights reserved.

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