Double Vision, Paperback Book
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Double Vision is Pat Barker's thought-provoking Booker Prize-winning novel of modern warfare. Provocative, intense and deeply moving, Double Vision is a powerful story of one man's quest to find redemption amidst the horror of twenty-first-century war.

Returning to Afghanistan after his photographer friend is killed by a sniper, war reporter Stephen Sharkey seeks release from his nightmares in an England seemingly at peace with itself. Questioning man's inhumanity to man both abroad and at home, and whether love really can be the great redeemer, Double Vision is a searing novel of conflict in modern times. 'Full of brooding tension. Barker is one of our most significant contemporary novelists' Daily Telegraph 'Barker writes superbly.

The reader is drawn on, from page to page' Economist 'Barker has a quite extraordinary ability to combine complexity and clarity and to make both seem parts of the same whole' Sunday Times 'The characters grab hold at the beginning and never loosen their grip.

Barker holds us by the sheer beauty of her writing' Financial Times


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The set up for Double Vision is that foreign affairs journalist Stephen Sharkey has returned shell-shocked from the atrocities in Rwanda. He is holed up back home near Newcastle with the photographs taken by his slaughtered friend Ben Frobisher. Stephen is planning a book on visual representations of war. He gets involved with Ben's widow, a local sculptress, who hires a rather sinister young man, Peter Wingrave, to do some gardening.Pat Barker is an excellent writer, but this is not one of my favourites of her works. I didn't really connect with the themes and purpose of Double Vision. One just to move on from.

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