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It reminds me of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling
on 13 September 2015
This is a story of a man (Christopher Tietjens) with such a strong sense of his values that he follows them even to the detriment of his own happiness. In his relationships; his conduct in war; and the way he deals with friends and money, he does not compromise on his sense of doing the right thing. The novel shows how doing the right thing takes great commitment. In a fairly unique and subtle way, through observations of and interactions with other characters, he becomes someone worthy of admiration and someone to be respected.
Christopher Tietjens' portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent and he manages to give a real sense of the strength of character, making him stoical and controlled while at the same time a likeable figure of strength and dignity.
I was also impressed by Rebecca Hall's portrayal of Sylivia. Her performance gives a good balance of someone who who is cruel without making her a figure of complete hate. Her cruelty is portrayed almost like she is a victim of her own playfulness that has crossed the line too many times.
The performances of the actors are all of a high standard and Ford Maddox Ford has made the characters interesting and compelling.
An excellent series.