Prior also starts a diary. The reader is able to experience his eagerness to return, and his world-weary view of both the conditions and the new recruits. Meanwhile, Rivers remains in London, treating injured soldiers. Prior's diary entries alternate with Rivers' memories of working with native people in Melanesia, work that was set aside when the war began. Through the lives of both men, Barker continues her theme of war protest, while exploring and exposing a number of truths about individuals and society.
Having now read the complete Regeneration Trilogy, I agree with a comment on one of my January blog posts:
It seems to me that the Booker for “The Ghost Road” was something akin to the Oscar for the last Lord of the Rings film – it was really a recognition of the whole trilogy.The Ghost Road was a powerful book, especially as Prior's diary unfolds. But the strength of this book comes from taking it as a whole with its predecessors, immersing yourself in the lives of these characters, and reflecting on the realities of war.
My original review can be found here.