Parade's End

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Fiction - 912 pages
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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 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 more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford.”


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A dozen stories from 1906 by Lugones, often grouped with writers of the macabre such as Poe and Lovecraft for his surrealist style. A good title for foreign literature collections. ... Read full review

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I tell my students that when I start a book, I finish it. This one required stubbornness and persistence on my part. It is the longest novel I’ve ever read, far surpassing War and Peace, a better book. It was another in a series of books recommended for those suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal. I’m officially cured!
This laborious text tracks the antics of rich Christopher Tietjens; his wife, Sylvia; mistress Valentine; and brother, Mark, across twenty years, including WWI. It is sometimes intriguing, sometimes interesting, rarely excellent and spell-binding. Reviewers called it one of the greatest works of the 20th century. Spare me. The character I found most noteworthy is Sylvia, the beautiful, but horrible wife of strange, cold Christopher. Hell hath no fury like a woman scored or, in Sylvia’s case, a woman ignored. He propels her into a never-ending series of affairs, lies, and evil machinations that make the Machiavelli’s seems like the nice family next door. My advice—read something you will enjoy without struggling through this tetrology, a true study in frustration and infinite waiting (the hoping) for something of interest to occur. *** Three Stars only

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Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939), was born in England. Author of The Good Soldier, Parade's End, and The Fifth Queen, he is also remembered for founding two influential literary journals and championing many of the leading modernist writers of the day.

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