Parade's End

Parade's End Ford Madox Ford
  • Title: Parade's End
  • Author: Ford Madox Ford
  • ISBN: 9780307744203
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Parade's End Ford Madox Ford Parade s End Ford Madox Ford s masterpiece a tetralogy set in England during World War I is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century First published as four separate novels Some Do Not N
    Ford Madox Ford s masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century First published as four separate novels Some Do Not No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up , and The Last Post between 1924 and 1928, Parade s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into thFord Madox Ford s masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century First published as four separate novels Some Do Not No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up , and The Last Post between 1924 and 1928, Parade s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine A profound portrait of one man s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade s End bears out Graham Greene s prediction that There is no novelist of this century likely to live than Ford Madox Ford.
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    About Ford Madox Ford


    1. Ford Madox Ford, born Ford Hermann Hueffer, was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th century English literature.Ford Madox Ford was the author of over 60 works novels, poems, criticism, travel essays, and reminiscences His work includes The Good Soldier, Parade s End, The Rash Act, and Ladies Whose Bright Eyes He collaborated with Joseph Conrad on The Inheritors, Romance, and other works Ford lived in both France and the United States and died in 1939.


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    1. Starting Parade s End is a little like reading an ethnologist s report from some alien world All the characters, in this vision of pre 1914 England, seem to be moved by obscure impulses and constraints and in many ways they appear unfamiliar than, let s say, characters of a century earlier as described by someone like Austen The feeling passes, but it is no accident part of Ford s argument is that the First World War spelled the end not just for a generation of young men but for a whole mindset [...]

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    2. I was expecting a masterpiece what I got was a neurotic obese windbag of a novel VS Pritchett, always an astute critic, remarked that confusion was always Ford s mainspring as a novelist This novel is so hysterically confused it reads like a diary of someone chronicling his own nervous breakdown At one point in the novel a character forms the thought that her companion is still droning on with an idea she thought they had got past I can t say how many times I thought this same idea while reading [...]

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    3. I decided to start reading this great First World War novel after seeing the start of the BBC adaptation, but then became caught up by the book and fell behind with watching the TV version It s a hard book to describe, the tale of an upper class English family falling apart in and around the war In particular, it is the tale of the Last Tory , Christopher Tietjens, the two women in his life, wife Sylvia and true love Valentine, and his struggle to stay true to his stubborn traditions as the worl [...]

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    4. Ever since readingConstellation of Genius by Kevin Jackson I was fascinated by the fact that Ford Madox Ford was, to lift the phrase from The L Word, a major hub I even considered rereading the book to draft a graph showing all of his intellectual connections While he didn t sleep with everyone who mattered he clearly knew, in person or by correspondence, everyone worth knowing in the modernist writing circles I already knew, and wasn t floored by, The Good Soldier, I knew of the troublesome m n [...]

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    5. Reading this consisting of four books Some Do Not , No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up , and The Last Post , for me, was like chewing a single piece of gum for a month It is not unreadable or incomprehensible It s in English, originally in English can t blame any faulty translation , and the characters are even English But they talk differently They act differently Their motivations are hard to grasp Like they re in a dream, their movements come in hazy sequences The plot is gettable but not [...]

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    6. This is a wonderfully rewarding read, although at times the story seems impenetrable, but stay with it as the book will become a personal favourite, that repays frequent revisits.The beguiling, irresistible and utterly compelling, Sylvia Tietjens is described, immensely tall, slight reddish, very fair hair in great bandeaux right over her ears Her very oval, regular face had an expression of virginal lack of interest such as used to be worn by fashionable Paris courtesans a decade before that ti [...]

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    7. Amazing insight into British society and the English mind around WW1 I read this for one of my MA classes and re read for an essay and then re read yet again and since have read several others books by Ford, a forgotten great hopefully coming back to the forefront with the new BBC HBO miniseries, though I think this book is too difficult for most casual readers that will come to it from the miniseries The time shifts are initially confusing, but when one lets yourself go I think the confusion th [...]

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    8. there are not many English novels which deserve to be called great Parade s End is one of them W.H AudenWhen I was in college, I had to make a choice one semester between taking Romantic Literature or Victorian Literature Knowing just enough about everything to get myself into trouble, I chose to take Victorian Literature Romantic poetry did not sound like something a Montana kid grown up on Hemingway would want to read Only much later, years and states away, would I discover how wrong I was.The [...]

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    9. Not an easy novel to read not by any means This is the story of Christopher Tietjens a man quite out of step with the times and with those closest to him An interesting character in his own right although quite overshadowed by his manipulative and spoilt wife Sylvia Found that the novel did lag in places however the descriptions of life in the trenches and the physical and psychological impact of the Great War to be compulsive reading The characters were constrained and at times understated but [...]

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    10. I found this book to be a fantastic slog It had been so difficult for me to read, in fact, that I found myself trying to skim, and resisting, just barely.I suppose part of the problem must have been the unmatched expectations I ve had for this humongous doorstopper I ve heard of it as an epic tale of WWI But in reality, it was involved with two people trying to outdo each other in the amount of suffering they could cause I found the endless digging in the machinations and idiotic moves I didn t [...]

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    12. When it was time to finish the last section of this brilliant book, I bought myself a bottle of sparkling cava to celebrate and cried like a baby.And by end , I mean the end of A MAN COULD STAND UP a phrase which now makes me shout ON A BLEEDIN ILL and then cry I took a few weeks to decide whether or not to read Last Post I did, and cor Well I see what the rest of the internet means Christopher Tietjens is absent from the majority of the book You get far narration from Mark Tietjens who I want [...]

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    13. Ford Madox Ford 1873 1939 was an English novelist, editor, and critic who lived in the UK, France, and the US Perhaps his best known and most read novel is The Good Soldier A giant of modernism, his monumental novel Parade s End combined four shorter novels, each of which became one part of the larger whole These included, in order, Some Do Not , No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and Last Post At first Parade s End was published as a trilogy, excluding the last novel, but Ford later include [...]

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    14. I can t decide whether to give this book 2 stars or 4 Ultimately it does succeed as a powerful story of the effects of the Great War on English society Instead of the sweeping narrative of the typical war novel, FMF takes his story completely inside the characters heads, looking at society and war in the microcosm, an approach that must be respected And yet I did not enjoy reading it The third book does finally portray a good bit of the misery and danger of the trenches and the front lines The f [...]

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    15. I usually try to stick to a policy of only reviewing novels that I have recently meaning days, or weeks at most read, but I m going to make an exception in this case Having loved the BBC production, with Benedict Cumberbatch as protagonist Christopher Tietjens, I wanted to read the novel in order to fill in the gaps and details that I felt I might not have grasped Do other people do this My typical response, after watching a film adapted from a novel, is to want to read the novel After spending [...]

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    16. This is one of the best books I ve ever read So brilliant, in fact, I find it hard to describe why I LOVE it so much The author evokes the emotions of his characters with unique brilliance, using a stream of conscious style of writing to describe inner dialogue, so that we feel exactly what each character feels, especially at moments of great stress Not only this, but the characters themselves are infinitely well drawn and their actions believable, totally sympathetic and consistent throughout T [...]

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    17. This novel has touches of genius but is at its core deeply flawed, an example of execution failing to match talent or intent There are parts that come alive in particular, anything involving Sylvia, who is monstrous but also fascinating and even strangely relatable But the war sections drag and while I understand and appreciate modernist techniques, perhaps I didn t care enough Christopher Tietjens to put the effort into truly focusing on those chapters The final book feels like it is entirely s [...]

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    18. This book is a tetralogy composed by the following books Some Do Not 1924 , No More Parades 1925 , A Man Could Stand UP 1926 and Last Post 1928.Even if these four novels have been reissued in 1948, after Second World War, the first omnibus version was published by Knopf in 1950.It is interesting to find out that I have the same opinion as stated by Graham Greene an afterthought which he Ford had not intended to write and later regretted having written In addition, e Last Post was than a mistake [...]

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    19. At the beginning of the war I had to look in on the War Office, and in a room I found a fellow What do you think he was doing what the hell do you think he was doing He was devising the ceremonial for the disbanding of a Kitchener battalion You can t say we were not prepared in one matter at least Well, the end of the show was to be the adjutant would stand the battalion at ease the band would play Land of Hope and Glory, and then the adjutant would say There will be no parades Don t you see ho [...]

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    20. A brilliant, sprawling book, unusually combining inventive modernist prose with a mingled nostalgia and hopefulness I m still processing what I think of it, but it s an eloquent and poignant exploration of the anxieties of England s gentry, and the genteel poor, in the years surrounding the First World War.

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    21. Quite the most singular book I ve ever read Modern Post modern Pre modern So many times I had absolutely no clue as to what was going on and yet I stuck with it for over 800 pages Now I see where Graham Greene came from A masterpiece an infuriating masterpiece.

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    22. I enjoyed this a lot than I expected I decided to read the books before the BBC miniseries came out, and I m really glad that I did Ford has created a wonderful character in Christopher Tietjens noble to a fault, stubborn, fiercely smart, stiff and ponderous on the outside and a big teddy bear on the inside You love him even when you want to slap him and tell him he s messing it all up His wife Sylvia is fascinatingly manipulative, and even though she s one of the most genuinely terrible people [...]

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    23. Sylvia Tietjens says, To know everything about a person is to be bored, bored, bored, and she never even had to read this ghastly book After 150 pages, I think I would rather shoot myself in the head than waste any of my life slogging through this dreadful prose about incomprehensible people Ultimately, it seems to be all about gossip and a few decent people who allow their lives to be ruined because they are too high minded to argue against it.As a librarian, I try to follow the Nancy Pearl ru [...]

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    25. My excuse is that the Ford Madox Ford novel on the list for my comprehensive exams as a senior in college was The Good Soldier It was a solid WWI novel, as I recall, and that s all I recall except the distinctive name Ford Madox Ford So I didn t know that I didn t know about his quartet of novels, Parade s End, until I was browsing used books in Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and came upon all 900 pages of four novels published separately but ultimately bound together into one huge, wonderful, idi [...]

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    26. It took me incredibly long to get through this book and it wasn t an easy or particularly enjoying read I totally agree with Julian Barnes who said Ford knows and sees deeper.I found some aspects of Ford s explorations of human behaviour really interesting but it s painfully obvious to the reader that he was an incredibly detail oriented person and to me it seems through this work, he enjoyed showing off his broad knowledge and intelligence But honestly, do I really have to care about how a cid [...]

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    27. Absolutely exhausting And in all honesty, I could have done without the 4th and final book I absolutely loved Ford Madox Ford s The Good Soldier, if Parade s End were condensed into 500 pages, I may have loved it as well However, the tetralogy as it stands is just WAY TOO LONG 2 5 stars

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    28. The classic that no one has ever heard of My professor urged us to make others read Parade s End so that it stays in print so go read it Technically I haven t finished it yet since we only had to read three of the four books for my class, but I will complete The Last Post soon.Parade s End follows the singular Christopher Tietjens and his experiences of World War I Tietjens is nothing if not unique, and I think it s worth reading the novel simply to meet him Maybe I m biased since I frequently f [...]

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    29. Hace cien a os comenz la gran carnicer a, la guerra que cambi el Mundo y cuyos ecos a n llegan a nuestros d as En Inglaterra fue el final de la poca Victoriana, con su moral fariseia y encorsetada que miraba a los dem s por encima del hombro mientras aplicaba dos grandes dichos lo que pasa en Las Vegas se queda en Las Vegas c mbiese Las Vegas por el nombre del club o del burdel favorito y haz lo que yo digo pero no lo que yo hago El final del desfile es la historia de un matrimonio que se mantie [...]

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    30. This was a challenging, but ultimately, an enjoyable, but interesting read The book is made of four separate books, Some Do Not, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up and, The Last Post It is set in England and France, before, during and after WWI It deals with Christopher Tietjens, his wife Sylvia and Valentine Wannop, a young woman who has captured Christopher s heart Around these people are family members, Christopher s brother, Mark friends, associates and many others Christopher s relations [...]

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