In creating his acclaimed masterpiece Parade's End, Ford Madox Ford "wanted the Novelist in fact to appear in his really proud position as historian of his own time . . . The 'subject' was the world as it culminated in the war." Published in four parts between 1924 and 1928, his extraordinary... show more
In creating his acclaimed masterpiece Parade's End, Ford Madox Ford "wanted the Novelist in fact to appear in his really proud position as historian of his own time . . . The 'subject' was the world as it culminated in the war." Published in four parts between 1924 and 1928, his extraordinary novel centers on Christopher Tietjens, an officer and gentleman-"the last English Tory"-and follows him from the secure, orderly world of Edwardian England into the chaotic madness of the First World War. Against the backdrop of a world at war, Ford recounts the complex sexual warfare between Tietjens and his faithless wife Sylvia. A work of truly amazing subtlety and profundity, Parade's End affirms Graham Greene's prediction: "There is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."
Publish date: June 1st 2001
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 864
Edition language: English
Series: Parade's End -4 (#1)
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[spoiler] I did see the mini-series before I read this book and it might have had some affect on my enjoyment, so a re-read is happening sometime next year. The book was slower than what I expected after watching the mini-series and I was not expecting the chapters long flashbacks. I have a feeling ...
The pacing of the plot was very, very slow. Indeed, I found myself enjoying this book more on days where I could give it a listen for 3-5 hours at a time because then I felt that the book was moving forward. Set in a time period and place where not only WWI is taking place, but the Suffragette movem...
Hard to get into but worth the effect. Absolutely moving and impressive. Wonderful. Makes you laugh, cry, draw back in horror.
Five months...a little misleading since with the exception of the No More Parades, which took me ages to get into and then took a big fat pause for three to four months (all of that waiting, waiting waiting), Parade's End was a smooth read for such a dense novel. Through the pompously upright Christ...
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