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Border Crossing is Pat Barker's unflinching novel of darkness, evil and society. When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he'd hoped to forget. For Tom already knows Danny Miller. When Danny was ten Tom helped imprison him for the killing of an old woman. Now out of prison with a new identity, Danny has some questions - questions he thinks only Tom can answer. Reluctantly, Tom is drawn back into Danny's world - a place where the border between good and evil, innocence and guilt is blurred and confused. But when Danny's demands on Tim become extreme, Tom wonders whether he has crossed a line of his own - and in crossing it, can he ever go back? 'Brilliantly crafted. Unflinching yet sensitive, this is a dark story expertly told' Daily Mail 'A tremendous piece of writing, sad and terrifying. It keeps you reading, exhausted and blurry-eyed, until 2am' Independent on Sunday 'Resolutely unsensational but disquieting . . . Barker probes not only the mysteries of 'evil' but society's horrified and incoherent response to it' Guardian 'Rich, challenging, surprising, breathtaking' The Times
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ISBN: 0140270744
ISBN13: 978-0140270747
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Pat Barker
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin UK; New Ed edition (April 30, 2002)
Pages: 244 pages
ePUB size: 1575 kb
FB2 size: 1749 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 258
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The main character, the psychologist (Tom) has the chance to analyse his point of view with the perspective that only time and years of maturity can give to any person.The contrast with the other main character ( Danny the young criminal) and his resentment he had with Tom because he consider that his report held him in an institution.The reader can get into the world of a young murder and how he grew up with this strong mark difficult to bear and his relationship with the psychologist years latter.
The other aspect to consider is how profession can alter the daily life of a person and change its direction. This work , beside the main theme of the young criminal and his psychologist is the life of this psychologist and his couple , how the profession ( of both members of the couple) oblige a reconsideration of the life they led and how rebuild each life with people more according to their own personality- a valuable work of a great writer .
To be haunted by the ghost of someone dead is a disconcerting enough experience, but the ramifications of a haunting by the living are far more immediate and potentially devastating. Tom Seymour, the protaganist of Pat Barker's nuanced novel "Border Crossing" is a renowned psychologist with a failing marriage whose past comes back to him when he rescues a former patient from a possible suicide attempt. But even as he drags the young man half-dead from the ocean, the questions bubble to the surface. Was this a chance meeting? Or had the patient, whom Tom had treated a decade before as part of the legal team prosecuting a young boy for a brutal murder, come back into his life with some kind of sinister purpose?
Answers are elusive as the Tom relives his past, and examines his own culpability in the unravelling of the boy's life. His search for the truth about Danny, a boy who grew to manhood with the shadow of a murder conviction over his head, plays out over the backdrop of Tom's divorce and the questioning of many of the fundamental beliefs of his life. The facts he uncovers, and those he doesn't, give him insight into his own life that seems more necessary than welcome.
If mysteries are the most compelling stories, and people the most complex mysteries, than Pat Barker has created a small masterpiece here. The author puts forward Tom's frustration and obsession with subtle skill, as the puzzle of Danny's persona eludes a solution like a Rubik's cube. Each approach to the truth thwarted starts Tom down a different road, one with new, and possibly more dangerous, consequences.
For such a small book there's much substance here. The writing is gentle and accessible, evenly paced, graced with subtle and thoughtful innuendo. Barker gives us just enough about Danny in the end, not to think we've answered every question, but to imagine we're asking the right ones.
Light out of Fildon
Actually, I liked the film ( The Drowning) adaptation better. It had more twists and turns and" edge of your seat" appeal. That's why I can only give it tthree stars.
Admittedly, I chose this book in a rush - I had read about Barker's WWI novels and chose the one set in present day. It sounded intriguing in the description, but I found the premise to be ridiculous and the writing shallow. Additionally, my Kindle copy had all sorts of formatting problems - I don't know how much of the book was missing (I read it in about 5 evenings). There were a lot of sentences cut off in the middle, and paragraphs cut off without punctuation (I don't think the writer was trying to be avant-garde). I never experienced this before with any Kindle book. Overall, not worth the money - too short, too uninteresting, too unbelieveable - plus the formatting problems.
The author has taken such a different path from her usual world and casts of characters, and it is such a refreshing change. But her masterful character development is still there.....
I love Pat Barker's writing. It is subtle, compelling and completely engaging. There is a sense of real danger throughout this story - I couldn't put it down (read it in one sitting)
Pat Barker is my kind of writer.She shows great empathy among her characters. The Regeneration trilogy is my favorite . Her works can be a little dark, but she has a gift of raising them with grace.
Engrossing book.