Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker retells history with moving personal stories of the people who were in the trenches through the ferocious final phase of World War I. In this stunning, intimate glimpse of war, Barker creates ravaged psychological landscapes and blighted battlefields where the armies endlessly wage deadly campaigns. Famed psychologist Dr. William Rivers faces the wrenching challenge of restoring men to health, only to send them back to war and almost certain death. Lieutenant Billy Prior, who is cured of shell shock by Rivers at Craiglockhart War Hospital, is compelled beyond reason to return to the battlefield for a fourth tour of duty. For both men, the war is inescapable and consuming. This engrossing audiobook combines poetic intensity with gritty realism as Barker brilliantly evokes a war of dramatic changes and cynical fatalism. Lovers of historical novels and tightly-plotted fiction will be entranced by the compelling characters and fascinating psychological panorama of The Ghost Road.
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"In her third novel in a remarkable, unsparing trilogy, Barker resumes her meditation on the deformities--physical and psychological--caused by war. She takes up the stories of previous characters, in particular the compassionate psychologist, William Rivers, who confronts the horrors of war in his asylum, and the complex Billy Prior, a former patient who, despite his revulsion for the battlefield, is drawn to it. Crossley's intelligent narration reflects the hardness of young men who have seen more than they should. He convincingly maneuvers through a variety of English accents, a necessity in reading Barker, whose attention to class is sharp and weighted with meaning. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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