- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1680 KB
- Print Length: 709 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008ZPUI8G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
PARADE'S END: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition
|Length: 709 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
Kindle e-ReadersKindle Fire TabletsFire Phones
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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).
I don't know why the book is described as 'annotated.' If there are any annotations at all then I haven't found them.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the narrative particularly challenging, and found that I had to reread paragraphs again and again to make sense of the characterisation. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by jilly69
I have only got a little way into book one so far but I love the language and detailed descriptions of the characters and their surroundings, I can really 'see' what I'm reading.Published on 16 July 2014 by gardeners mate
After watching part of the first book on TV but missing the rest I thought I should read the book it was alittle hard to follow but managed to keep track but would'nt read anymore... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Dobie
This is an outstanding novel - a devastatingly realistic account of a world that 'Downton Abbey' et al have attempted to convince us was chivalric, exciting and glamorous (also... Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by Valentine
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, one was transported into a completely different age , and way of life, and brought home the horrors of the First World War.Published on 26 July 2013 by Virginie
I thought the novel would be better than the TV series but it turned out to be just as tedious. Didn't like and couldn't identify with any of the characters and gave up on the... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Freda Morgan
I found the prose a bit antique and struggled with this novel. I loved Madox Ford's The Good Soldier but found this one rather stodgy and heavy goingPublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Seagull
The writing style is clumsy and old fashioned, as a result the book doesn't flow. The stories however, are interesting and well planned out.Published on 1 May 2013 by Artistruth