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Parade’s End is Ford Madox Ford’s celebrated four-novel sequence tracing the trauma of the First World War through the experiences of Christopher Tietjens. Tietjens, a brilliant civil servant from a wealthy Yorkshire land-owning background, is troubled by the reckless infidelities of his wife, Sylvia, and his own feelings for Valentine Wannop, a suffragette. On the Western Front in northern France, he finds himself under fire from the enemy and under pressure in his private life. A Man Could Stand Up– begins on Armistice Day and follows the fortunes of Tietjens and Valentine, until their paths finally cross again in post-war London . . .
The 2012 BBC adaptation of Parade’s End features Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Christopher Tietjens.
The four volumes comprising Parade’s End are: (1.) Some Do Not . . .; (2.) No More Parades; (3.) A Man Could Stand Up—; (4.) The Last Post
• Parade’s End is also available from Swift Editions as a single-volume Kindle ebook comprising all four novels in the series
“She was going to pass her day beside a madman; her night, too . . . Armistice Night! That night would be remembered down unnumbered generations. Whilst one lived that had seen it the question would be asked: What did you do on Armistice Night? My beloved is mine and I am his!”
REVIEWS OF PARADE’S END
“There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade’s End is one of them.” – W. H. Auden
“The best novel by a British writer . . . It is also the finest novel about the First World War” – Anthony Burgess
“The finest English novel about the Great War” – Malcolm Bradbury, Guardian
“If Parade’s End is due for a revival it’s not for its large historical or philosophical truths but because it is panoramic and beautifully written. It is a condemnation of the brutal senselessness and stupid waste of war.” – Edmund White, New York Review of Books
“Together [the four novels] constitute the English prose masterpiece of their time . . . They are written in a style that must be the envy of every thinking man. The pleasure in them is infinite.” – William Carlos Williams
“In the greatest war novel of the 20th century, Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End tetralogy, the First World War destroys both a man and a civilisation.” – Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
“I'd love to find the time to reread Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End – possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English, I've come to think.” – John Gray, New Statesman
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939) was a novelist and editor who published over eighty books, both fiction and non-fiction. Apart from Parade’s End, he is mainly remembered for The Good Soldier (1915).
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