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Double Vision by Pat Barker

Double Vision (edition 2003)

by Pat Barker

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Title:Double Vision
Authors:Pat Barker
Info:Hamish Hamilton Ltd (2003), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:1st, fiction, read 2007, read, anglophone

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good read — too many unfinished stories at the end
Writer — War — Photo killed, his sculptress wife — Peter — thief?

A gripping novel about the effects of violence on the journalists and artists who have dedicated themselves to representing it
In the aftermath of September 11, reeling from the effects of reporting from New York City, two British journalists, a writer, Stephen Sharkey, and a photographer, Ben Frobisher, part ways. Stephen, facing the almost simultaneous discovery that his wife is having an affair, returns to England shattered; he divorces and quits his job. Ben returns to his vocation. He follows the war on terror to Afghanistan and is killed.
  christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
It's not often that I agree with anything in the Telegraph, but the line on the cover "unputdownable and thought-provoking" describes my feelings on this book fairly precisely. A much more modern setting than many of her books, but issues of grief and guilt are again at the core of this book. Her writing is eloquent but never over wordy and she makes you savour many of her sentences. Highly recommended. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
Having covered it all, from Bosnia to Ground Zero, foreign correspondent Stephen has hung up his flak jacket and gone to ground in a cottage on his brother's land, in a rural north-east devastated by the foot-and-mouth disaster. Two things have particularly moved him - the body of a raped and mutilated girl on a stairwell in Sarajevo, and the death of his war photographer friend, Ben Frobisher, shot while taking his own last shot on a road in Afghanistan.
Ben's sculptress widow, Kate, lives nearby, neck in a brace from a road accident but determined to complete the huge figure of Christ she is making for the cathedral. Unwillingly, she has hired for the heavy work a young assistant, the personable but unsettling Peter Wingrave, who comes recommended by her philanthropic vicar friend. The vicar is father of Stephen's girlfriend, the much younger Justine, a fresh-faced, sensible girl who has a romantic history with the mysterious Peter. ( )
  dalzan | Apr 21, 2013 |
  kristel76 | Jan 29, 2013 |
As always with Pat Barker, reading just one page is enough for her to draw you into the book and the world she has created. Her characters are real people, some nice, some not so nice. Several stories intertwine: a widowed sculptor has a car accident and needs help to finish a commission, the war-correspondent friend of her deceased husband comes to spend some time away from London in his brother's holiday cottage nearby, trying to recover from PTSD on his own. The brother's family is not as happy as it looked at first sight, and there is a lovely au-pair, the not so chaste daughter of the vicar. All written expertly, keeping you going without effort. A very good read, posing some interesting questions ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312424108, Paperback)

In the aftermath of covering 9/11, English war reporter Stephen Sharkey and photographer Ben Frobisher leave New York and part company. Stephen returns to the devastating discovery of the end of his marriage; while on assignment in Afghanistan Ben is killed. Retreating to the English countryside to write a book questioning the role of the war reporter and photographer Stephen enters into complicated relationships with Ben’s widow Kate, a sculptor, her disturbing and sinister young studio assistant, and a young au-pair. Set far from the literal theatre of war, Double Vision is nonetheless a novel about its representation and effects as Pat Barker once more lays bare the complexities of desire and violence.

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Profoundly affected by the events of September 11th and its aftermath, two British journalists return to England to face different fates, in a study of the effects of violence on those who come in contact with it.

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