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The Eye in the Door Summary
Pat Barker

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The Eye in the Door Summary

Plot Summary

The Eye in the Door is a story of fragmentation and the dualities that exist in the minds and lives of its characters. Much of the novel takes place in London during World War I from 1914 to 1918. The infamous Pemberton Billing trial provides a backdrop and several historical figures of the time play key roles in the fictional narrative. The horrors of mechanized war, rigid class divisions, and sexual ambiguity comprise the thematic foundation of this novel.

Billy Prior, the main protagonist, is an only child from a violent, working class home in northern England. He earned an officer's commission and fought in the muddy trenches at the Front until he was wounded. The physical injury heals, but Prior is severely traumatized by his combat experience. Billy Prior, like many of the characters in the novel, is haunted by his recollections of the war. One particularly disturbing memory...

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