The Ghost Road

The Ghost Road

Paperback - 2014
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The final book in the Regeneration Trilogy and winner of the 1995 Booker Prize.

The Ghost Road is the culminating masterpiece of Pat Barker's towering World War I fiction trilogy. The time of the novel is the closing months of the most senselessly savage of modern conflicts. In France, millions of men engaged in brutal trench warfare are all "ghosts in the making." In England, psychologist William Rivers, with severe pangs of conscience, treats the mental casualties of the war to make them whole enough to fight again. One of these, Billy Prior, risen to the officer class from the working class, both courageous and sardonic, decides to return to France with his fellow officer, poet Wilfred Owen, to fight a war he no longer believes in. Meanwhile, Rivers, enfevered by influenza returns in memory to his experience studying a South Pacific tribe whose ethos amounted to a culture of death. Across the gulf between his society and theirs, Rivers begins to form connections that cast new light on his--and our--understanding of war.

Combining poetic intensity with gritty realism, blending biting humor with tragic drama, moving toward a denouement as inevitable as it is devastating, The Ghost Road both encapsulates history and transcends it. It is a modern masterpiece
Publisher: New York : Plume, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780142180600
Branch Call Number: BARKER P
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 03, 2016

*Read third* in Regeneration series

May 07, 2014

I've been reading about WWI at this time of anniversary & find Pat Barker's writing a bit difficult to follow, however, enlightening historically. War makers never pay attention to history. I wasn't 'that' interested in the sexual interests or actions & squirmed a lot. To each his own.

Dec 05, 2010

This should be read as the conclusion of the trilogy which begins in Regeneration and continues in The Eye in the Door. I think you'd miss too much if you read it alone. The entire trilogy is one of the best things I've ever read. It's moving, thoughtful and intelligent. The characters are British men - several of them poets (Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen), several of them gay - who fight in WWI and end up in a hospital being treated for shell shock. In the 1st book, the gov't is trying to paint Sassoon as unbalanced for his opposition to the war; still, he prefers facing the danger of the trenches with the men he leads to the hypocrisy he sees at home. The psychologist is a really interesting figure with a backstory of life in the south seas. Caring relationships, moral dilemmas, horrors of war, government manipulation, all beautifully written.

Feb 28, 2010

Depressing and really didn't catch with me.


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nadian Aug 21, 2010

The Third Book in the Regeneration Trilogy:
1918, the closing months of the war. Army psychiatrist William Rivers is increasingly concerned for the men who have been in his care - particularly Billy Prior, who is about to return to combat in France with young poet Wilfred Owen. As Rivers tries to make sense of what, if anything, he has done to help these injured men, Prior and Owen await the final battles in a war that has decimated a generation...

-Taken from the back cover


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