· 1 January 2004 |
· Published in: Boeken Janantoon
· Tagged with: Barker‚ Pat · boeken: Engels · roman
gepubliceerd door: Hamish Hamilton
verworven via: Abebooks
Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times:
"Violence, mortality and the lingering aftermath of trauma are the dark threads running through Pat Barker?s fiction, from her gritty early novels, detailing the woes sustained by working-class women, through the acclaimed novels of her ”Regeneration” trilogy, which chronicled the emotional fallout of combat on soldiers who had witnessed the horrors of World War I. But whether they are grappling with marital abuse, the random devastation dispensed by a serial killer or the collective violence of war, her characters rarely stop hungering for rebirth and redemption, the possibility of transcending the hold that the past exerts over their daily lives.
Each of the central characters in Ms. Barker’s absorbing but pretentious new novel, ”Double Vision,” is coping with trauma or loss. Kate, a sculptor, is trying to come to terms with the death of her husband, Ben, a war photographer who was killed in Afghanistan, and a car accident that has left her unable to complete a new commission without assistance. Stephen, a reporter who was with Ben in Afghanistan, is suffering from debilitating flashbacks of his war experiences and from the recent breakup of his marriage. And his brother Robert is contending with a failing marriage and the knowledge that his 10-year-old son Adam suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.
In coming to stay with Robert and his family in the English countryside, Stephen had hoped to heal his emotional war wounds and finish writing a book. But he finds that life there is anything but peaceful: the community is still reeling from a foot-and-mouth epidemic that led to the destruction of much of its livestock, and a mood of foreboding hangs over its pretty fields and forests. This sense of impending peril is embodied by Kate’s new assistant, Peter, a strange young man who bears more than a passing resemblance to the creepy murderer, Danny, who played a central role in this author’s 2001 novel, ”Border Crossing.” (?)
”Double Vision” is at its best when Ms. Barker simply allows her characters’ stories to unfurl. As her earlier novels attest, she possesses keen psychological radar, and in these pages she uses that gift to depict familial relationships with artful nuance. (…)"
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