Title Profile & Character Information

The Ghost Road

Annotation
"Central to this novel are two men divided by class and experience, but sharing a mutual respect and empathy. One is Lieutenant Billy Prior, cured of shell shock by famed psychologist Dr. William Rivers at Craiglockhart War Hospital, and determined to return to the front in France even as the war enters its final ferocious phase in the late summer of 1918. The other is Dr. Rivers himself, consumed by the medical challenge and moral dilemma of restoring men to health so that they can be sent back to the battlefields and almost certain death." "Billy Prior is a working-class man on the rise, a "temporary gentleman," who inhabits a sexual, social, and moral no-man's-land. His sexual encounters with both women and men are tinged with a cynical fatalism that the war has engendered. Still, he is eager to join a fellow Craiglockhart "graduate," the poet Wilfred Owen, in France in time to participate in the great English offensive, the "one last push" intended to redeem all the shining heroism and senseless slaughter that has gone before."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1995  Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Characters
NameRivers, William
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsPsychologist
 Neurologist
 Army captain
 Psychologist
 Neurologist
 Army captain

NamePrior, Billy
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsArmy lieutenant
 Army lieutenant
TraitsEnglish
Bisexual
English
Bisexual

GenreAnti-war
War
Historical
Psychological
Biographical
Fiction
TopicsWorld War I
Horror of war
Memories
Emotional healing
World War I
Horror of war
Memories
Emotional healing
SettingFrance
France
Battlefield
Battlefield


Series
  The Regeneration trilogy
1Regeneration
2The Eye in the door
3The Ghost road