Life Class

By Pat Barker
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307387806, 320pp.)

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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Description
In the spring of 1914, a group of students at the Slade School of Art have gathered for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke, but watches from afar when a well-known painter catches her eye. After World War I begins, Paul tends to the dying soldiers from the front line as a Belgian Red Cross volunteer, but the longer he remains, the greater the distance between him and home becomes. By the time he returns, Paul must confront not only the overwhelming, perhaps impossible challenge of how to express all that he has seen and experienced, but also the fact that life, and love, will never be the same for him again.



About the Author
Pat Barker is one of England s most important contemporary novelists. The books in her Regeneration Trilogy won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Booker Prize. She lives in England and was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.


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  1. What do the novel's opening scenes at the Slade evoke? What motivations collide (and coincide) among the students, Tonks, and the model?

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