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Ford Madox Ford
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16 Aug 2012

The Great War changes everything. In this epic tale, spanning over a decade, war turns the world of privileged, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens upside down. It forces him to question everything he holds dear - social order, morality, marriage and loyalty. And it rocks the very foundations of English society.

This is a powerful story about love, betrayal and disillusionment in a time of horror and confusion by one of Britain's finest novelists.

Ford Madox Ford's monumental novel came to our screens in August 2012 as a major BBC adaptation, with a screenplay by the legendary playwright Tom Stoppard and a stellar cast that included Benedict Cumberbatch. This edition of the novel includes all four parts, originally published separately between 1924 and 1928.

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The finest English novel about the Great War." (Guardian)

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The official TV tie-in to the new BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's epic novel

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 29 Sep 2012
I must admit that I have now read Parade's End twice this month, once on my kindle, and now this treebook edition. I also watched the BBC adaptation, which I quite enjoyed. There are a couple of things to be aware of though if you are reading this for the first time, this isn't really a book that you can easily read whilst commuting (I will come to why in a moment), and if you enjoyed Parade's End [DVD] it is no indicator whatsoever that you will enjoy the book.

Ford Madox Ford was a modernist and he loved to play with the chronological order of events, as can be seen right at the beginning of this book. Christopher Tietjens starts off on a train with a friend going to play golf, then the story back tracks into the events that led up to why. This happens throughout the book, indeed at one stage you read about the First World War ending, and then you are taken back to the War and the events that happened to Tietjens. This some people may find off putting, but Ford's reasons for this is that we don't think in a particular chronological order, which is after all correct. We may start talking about something that happened and then realise that we have mentioned an event that didn't happen until later in the main event. Also Ford was a great admirer of James Joyce's 'Ulysses', and thus this book or rather the four books that make up this story all contain stream of consciousness. As you can see to read all of this whilst on your daily commute is perhaps too tall an order, as you have to keep a lot in mind until you next pick the book up.

The basic storyline in itself is simple, a man marries a woman who is unfaithful, then himself falls in love with another woman.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Discovery! 19 Sep 2012
By mr blue
The plot is thin. The book is too long. Not much happens. Parts are obscure and little is easy reading. And yet.........Nothing would have stopped me finishing this fine and largely forgotten novel. The hero became my hero. I wanted him to be happy.
I wanted him to be rich (though with his propensity for giving money away, there was fat chance of that). I wanted him to get his woman. Most of all I fell for his High Toryism - his sense of obligation to his fellow man, to his country and most of all to his class. His wife was so evil I could not accept her but his 'friend' was oh so true to life. On war at the Front it is wonderful particularly in its focus on noise. Noise troubled Ford more than anything else when he served in France by the was. The minor characters are tremendous; his fellow officers, his father, Macmaster and his horrible wife all stay in the mind. Beware, if 'stream of consciousness' is anathema to you, you will not stay the course. Beware too that the last of the tetrology that this book is was written reluctantly. It drags and would have been better added in a shortened version to the third book.
The novel is very autobiographical and a biography of the author to accompany it would not come amiss. There are two or three good ones available from Amazon.
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163 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not better known? 2 Nov 2007
Until quite recently I was barely aware of Ford Madox Ford. When people list the great writers of the early 20th Century his name usually merits only a footnote. However, a short article in a national newspaper appraising "The Good Soldier" as one of the great English novels prompted me to read it. And great it is.

That led me onto this weighty quartet, which has lived with me for the last couple of months. And it confirms my suspicions that Ford is indeed one of our greatest writers, whether he is currently fashionable or no.

One of my first reactions was that - notwithstanding the publisher's blurbs and cover illustrations - this is NOT a novel "about" the First World War. Yes, the war is an important theme, but it is by no means the only one. In fact the military action, such as it is, features only in the third of the four novels making up the sequence.

No, this book belongs in the pantheon of the great "social" novels - it stands up extremely well against Galsworthy, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Anthony Powell, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Marcel Proust, who are Ford's true contemporaries. Indeed, it shares with those writers' works an experimental approach to exploring characters' psychological motivations and thought processes that was so characteristic of the 1920s "Modernist" movement. Rarely has a writer captured so well the way in which peoples' minds REALLY work - with confusion, doubt and sudden impulsive decision galloping along in rapid succession. Ford has a rare gift for bathos - broad comedy and real human tragedy can inhabit the same page in a way which can be unsettling, but always rings true.

This is very much a novel of its time - and especially - social milieu.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbled text 29 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Kindle edition may be cheap, but it's hopelessly garbled. After the first few paragraphs the text starts to get out of order (as you can see by comparing with other Kindle editions, e.g. Everyman or Swift).

For example we have:
"Nevertheless Macmaster moved in drawing rooms that, with long curtains, blue china plates, large-patterned wallpapers and large, quiet mirrors, sheltered the long-haired of the Arts. And, as near as that that was his due, and he would accept the tribute in silence."

and, later on:
"Sometimes Sir Reginald would say: "You're a perfect encyclopaedia of exact material knowledge, Tietjens," and Tietjens thought a son of the manse."

with chunks of text misplaced in between.

One hopes the printed version is better. At least with the Kindle edition, you've only lost 0.77, but you'd do better to buy one of the others from the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved both. A great time to read it with ...
Read the book after seeing the TV adaptation. Loved both. A great time to read it with it being the centenary of WWI.
Published 10 days ago by Susan Willcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful book.
Published 12 days ago by mandijel
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful unexpected genius of a book
A wonderful unexpected genius of a book. Modernism in the most pure sense. Beautifully written and sheer magic to read.
Published 13 days ago by HSJ Foster
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Published 21 days ago by cumbercookie
3.0 out of 5 stars Some beautiful writing
Probably great writing ... certainly very cleaver but perhaps not quite there, unless you have an English degree
Published 1 month ago by munrocalma
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of difficult novels to read, more explicit than...
Excellent adaptation of the series of novels by Ford Madox Ford, extracting a coherent narrative from the author's recursive narrative style. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pinkangloirishcanuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! What a great story and what vivid ...
Loved it! What a great story and what vivid characters. Cumberbatch is awesome in the role.
Published 1 month ago by Pam Landers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Needs to be read more than once to be appreciated. Well worth repeated readings.
Published 1 month ago by William Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Consigned to the Parish Jumble Sale
Far too long. consciously 'modernist' writing that is often scarcely intelligible.
Published 1 month ago by Bradshaw Bystander
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational love story
ford is one of my favorite writers - the mix of contemporary morals, changing closer to ours during the wartime period, and the romantic character at its heart, with ambiguous and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Gardner
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