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A challenging complex read with much internal consciousness,
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This review is from: Parade's End (Paperback)
"Parade's End" is a series of four novels, three of which hang together closely and all of which deal mainly with the same three characters. It is certainly not a family saga with the story progressing through time. There are though a few events that are latched onto and recur in (mainly Christpher Tietjens') ongoing musings. In a way it is a sad version of the eternal triangle, a hero married to an unloving wife who glimpses the elusive love of his life, but his antagonistic wife delights in making his life difficult.
It was written in the times of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf when the new fashion was for much musing and complex Freudian reaction. For us today it makes for a difficult read but one that is ultimately rewarding and its memory is lingering. The war sections are distinctively real and show the exhaustion of the senior officers close to the front in a way not found in other war novels. The fourth book is much less about Tietjens. The nearest we get to an "ending" is at the end of the third novel but the story (nightmare) goes on - as life tends to. It lingers in the mind afterwards....