Pat Barker | Critical Essay by Carola Dibbell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Pat Barker.
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An ocean away from the fights of early '80s British feminism, I found [Union Street] direct, subtle, and devastating. If the feminist overview was occasionally routine, the undertaking itself was far from it, and the tone far from obvious. Barker was sympathetic, but as she tallied the willingness of woman after woman to let fate make decisions, to play by the rules of class as well as society—never to complain, never to ask for help, never to leave—there were flashes of frustration, of impatience, even anger. She didn't patronize: she credited her subjects with the ability to reason, to choose, to change, and when they didn't, she sometimes lost her temper like a real sister. I thought that was honest.

In her second novel, Blow Your House Down, Barker is clearly asking for trouble again. This time, her protagonists are...

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