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SOURCE: "Pat Barker Wins Booker Prize," in The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 1995, p. A20.

Below, Levy remarks on the awarding of the Booker Prize to The Ghost Road and criticizes the novel as anachronistic.

The Booker Prize jury has added insult to the ayatollahs' injury, cheating Salman Rushdie of the £20,000 ($31,600) 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction. In its 27th year, Britain's most celebrated (though no longer richest) award for a book has been given to Pat Barker for her The Ghost Road, which this year's Booker chairman, George Walden, praised faintly as "clear, hard prose." Following the heavily applauded announcement, several jubilant commentators said it was about time that a woman won again….

Ms. Barker's The Ghost Road is the final part of her World War I trilogy, in which she...

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