Pat Barker | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Robert Christgau

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Pat Barker.
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Critical Review by Robert Christgau

SOURCE: A review of The Century's Daughter, in The Village Voice Literary Supplement, No. 49, October, 1986, pp. 3-4.

In the following positive review of The Century's Daughter, Christgau argues that Barker's themes are well served by the novel's flashback structure.

As 84-year-old Liza Wright searched for her past in a bed of coals to begin Chapter 2 of Pat Barker's The Century's Daughter, I felt annoyed if not betrayed. Just when I was all set to find out how Liza was going to get on with the social worker she'd met in Chapter 1, Barker was pulling a flashback on me. What a drag. But then I remembered that although Barker adheres skillfully and unquestioningly to realist convention, you don't read her for narrative momentum—she has no special...

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