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The Ghost Road Summary
Pat Barker

Everything you need to understand or teach The Ghost Road by Pat Barker.

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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
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The Ghost Road Summary

Plot Summary

The Ghost Road is a story of war and struggle, both internally and externally. Set against the backdrop of World War I, readers follow the lives of Billy Prior and Dr. Charles Rivers. While Billy may be the first character introduced, it is Dr. Rivers who is truly the protagonist.

Billy Prior meets Dr. Rivers when he is a mental patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital, following his third tour of duty in the Royal Army. Their friendship continues after he's discharged through ongoing outpatient treatment. This treatment is more for Billy to salve his emotional wounds rather than any specific mental problem he's experiencing.

It's unclear why Billy wants to return to the Front for a fourth time, other than the fact that he doesn't know what else to do with his life. Fighting is all he knows. His inner struggle comes from his inability to determine who...

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The The Ghost Road Study Pack contains about 45 pages of study material in 6 products, including:

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