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Parade's End: Some Do Not...; No More Parades; A Man Could Stand Up - ; The Last Post (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition
|Length: 914 pages||Word Wise: Enabled|
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book this is! There are more famous books about life in the trenches of WW1, but this highly autobiographical piece of fiction is the best. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ann McCabe
It's a beautifully written book but you do have to drag yourself through it. I'm sorry Ford, but I actually loved the series on BBC more than the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BookMania
Parade's End is totally absorbing. It really repays being re-read in a way that few other books do. It's a deeply moving book and rich with detail. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daisy Murphy
Like many, I came to this after watching the TV adaptation. I got halfway through the second novel and then felt as if I too was up to my waist in the cloying mud of a WW1 trench. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr Venus
Ford Madox Ford's masterpiece is a set of four novels starting just before World War I and ending at the beginning of the 1920s, and focussing on the life of Christopher Tietjens,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kate Hopkins