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PARADE'S END: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents) by [FORD, FORD MADOX]
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PARADE'S END: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1680 KB
  • Print Length: 709 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ZPUI8G
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As other reviewers have noted, Kindle editions of these books have been emerging from the woodwork since Cumberbatch brought it to the small screen. I personally think that this is the best edition for Kindle. There are no textual errors or typographical/layout problems. There is a full index. The first three books are included in accordance with the author's own preference to exclude the final one (this also ties in with where the TV series ended). This is a good, reasonably priced edition.

The story itself is an epic meditation on one of the most changeable eras in British history, beginning around the turn of the 20th century and charting changing social attitudes through the first world war to the era of women's liberation. For me it isn't just a story about Christopher Tiejens and his life, which is interesting enough given his character, his wife, his best friend and his colleagues; it's also and more importantly a reflection on attitudes and outlooks of the time. It raises questions about why people behaved the way that they did and the purpose of it all. The meaning of ethics and morality are big themes, and what it means to be respectable and successful amidst the collapse of certain 'old-fashioned' Victorian values. I think the third book ends on a high and in the perfect way.

The TV series stayed very close to the original text(s), so if you enjoyed it then you will probably enjoy the books as well. The only difference is additional details they left out when making the TV series, some for the sake of summarising and others that seem to have been more political choices (leaving out the more hard-to-swallow contemporary attitudes about racism from the first book, for example).
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Having seen the series on BBC I understand why it was adapted for TV. A good story and quite an insight into the upper middle classes in the early 1900s. A lot of names to remember and situations that are described out of context in a form of flash back. Stopards adaption would make an easier read. That said well worth reading.
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This book is fantastic but this edition contains so many mistakes. Lots of punctuation is replaced by numbers - at least that is what I think has happened. There are a lot of spelling mistakes and since FMF uses a fair few unfamiliar words (many not in the supplied kindle dictionaries), you really have to think hard to decide whether what you are reading is a mistake or not.
I don't know why the book is described as 'annotated.' If there are any annotations at all then I haven't found them.
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Bought this after watching TV series - mistake. Was unable to get past first 3 or 4 pages - found the style difficult to cope wih and its not because I don't reads- I like Dickens and Rutherford so long books aren't a problem.
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Like many others I watched Parade's End on TV and loved it. However, TV adaptations, even those by the excellent Tom Stoppard, are bound to miss out elements of the novels on which they are based. So I downloaded this Kindle edition and have found myself completely gripped by the novels. Once I got used to the style, the writing, which follows the inner worlds of the main characters, is utterly immersive. The reader is taken inside the heads of Christopher Tietjens and Sylvia Tietjens and some of the other characters. One sees the world through their eyes. Unlike Dickens (for example), the author does not intrude, does not offer commentary on what's going on.

The effect can be rather disorienting, as can be the sudden time shifts in the narrative. But that's part of what Ford Madox Ford was trying to show - the disorientation of a world that had been disrupted by the First World War.

My big disappointment is not with the novels themselves, but with the transfer to Kindle. It looks to me as if the printed pages have been scanned, subjected to optical character recognition (OCR) so as to be editable, but not properly proof-read. There are typos, there are words that don't make sense unless you know that the OCR process is not completely accurate. For example, Miss Wannop's suffragette comrade-in-arms is called Gertie; for a page or two, however, she becomes "Genie" - clearly an OCR error that has not been corrected. I have tried not to let this annoy me, but it does!

If you value great fiction, these novels are must-reads - they some of the great works of 20th century literature.
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Firstly, the transcription to ebook has a few more than the usual number of errors which can confuse the reader (well, it did me). If I hadn't first seen the TV series based on these books I don't think I would have had a clue what was going on. FMF's treatment of the chronology of events is, at times, more complex than the typical 'flashback' approach so that it can be difficult to know whether you are in the past or the present at times. Also, the dialogue between characters sometimes seems so obtuse that I have had to re-read a passage several times to try and distill the essence of what has been said. Perhaps I'm dumber than I like to think I am. However, despite all these negatives, as a portrayal of the conflicting morals, manners and attitudes towards women and class in particular at the beginning of the 20th century it has a compelling attraction. It is not a relaxing, easy read in my opinion but worth the effort.
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