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Life Class

Life Class

Author: Pat Barker
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 256
Genre: Novel
In the spring of 1914 a group of young students gather at Henry Tonk's studio at the Slade School of Art for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant, frustrated by his lack of progress, is easily distracted by an intriguing fellow student, Elinor Brooke. But when Kit Neville, himself not long out of the Slade but already a well-known painter, makes it clear that he, too, is attracted to Elinor, Paul withdraws into a passionate affair with an artist's model, ignoring the complications and dangers presented by her estranged husband. As spring turns to summer, Paul and Elinor each reach a crisis in their relationships until finally, in the first few days of the war, they turn to each other. Paul's new life as a volunteer for the Belgian Red Cross is a world away from his days at the Slade. As he tends to the mutilated, dying soldiers from the front line, he often thinks of Elinor and the life-drawing class, but the longer he remains in Ypres, the greater the distance between himself 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.
ISBN: 9780241142981
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