Ford Madox Ford’s masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century. First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not . . ., No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up—, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928,... show more
Ford Madox Ford’s masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century. First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not . . ., No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up—, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that “There is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford.”
Publish date: January 3rd 2012
Pages no: 906
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 afterwards 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 pompousl...