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Parade's End (Everyman's Library)

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ISBN13: 9780679417286
ISBN10: 0679417281
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Ford Madox Ford's acclaimed masterpiece is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century.

Parade's End was originally published in four parts (Some Do Not . . ., No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up--, and Last Post) between 1924 and 1928. It explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of World War I, as seen through the life of Christopher Tietjens, an officer from a wealthy family who is torn between his unfaithful wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. With scenes of sexual warfare that rival the devastation of its battlefield scenes, Parade's End is a profound dramatization of one man's internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict. The culminating achievement of Ford's career, it fulfills his ambitious conception of the novelist's role as the historian of the present, capturing the essence of the age.

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Introduction by Malcolm Bradbury

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Introduction by Malcolm Bradbury

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xxix-xxxi).

About the Author

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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nrlymrtl, June 14, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
The pacing of the plot was very, very slow. Indeed, I found myself enjoying this book more on days where I could give it a listen for 3-5 hours at a time because then I felt that the book was moving forward. Set in a time period and place where not only WWI is taking place, but the Suffragette movement, and the breaking down of class barriers, nearly the entirety of this book is about the personal social interactions of the Tietjens.

Yep, you read that right. It was like one long gossip fest with a little bit of historical bits thrown in to give it some credence. Does that sound harsh? Many classics I find to be focused on perceived societal norms (read ‘gossip’) and many people enjoy them. So, if you enjoy the drama of people trying to find love, happiness, and acceptance within constrained class systems, don’t let this review stop you from checking this classic out.

I found the class differences to be one of the most interesting aspects of this book. Each societal class has it’s dos and don’ts of who you can interact with at what events to what level. The necessity of having these classes mix in the military of WWI starts to break these class barriers. However, the the British Suffragette movement was happening at the same time and is merely mentioned in a conversation or two; it’s a footnote. Sigh…..One of the biggest moves towards equality and Ford Maddox Ford turns it into a footnote.

The characters spent far more time anguishing over their personal lives and desires than fretting over the war. Yes, the war disrupted some of their planned holidays and their weekly get togethers. Yes, Sylvia managed to punish her husband through the gossip line, forcing him into ‘degrading’ service with the lower orders. These machinations of Sylvia’s practically guaranteed Christopher would be wounded. I loved hating her meanness.

Valentine Wannope is an interesting character, but doesn’t get as much reader time as the others. She is many years younger than Christopher, a Suffragette, and believes war is repulsive and peace is the way to go. Of course these opinions set her on the opposite track as Christopher, who grew up in a time where it was thought preposterous to give women the vote, equal pay, and employment opportunities. Plus he is serving in the war. On the other hand, Valentine’s mother is a well-known writer, with thoughts of her own; and Christopher has the utmost respect for her works. Alas, Valentine’s main role is as love interest.

Mark Tietjens, who is many, many years older than Christopher, has his set ideas on what female companionship is for. He expects perfect compliance within the limited role, set up for his comfort. He wants a woman to keep house, cook his meals, dust his hat, and warm his bed. Ford does a good job of placing this internal monologue of Mark’s in contrast to how the world has moved on, how women now have a greater say in their role in a relationship, society, and the work force.

In the end, I am glad I took the time to read this classic. While a bit long-winded, it was an interesting take on upper British society during WWI. I enjoyed seeing demonstrated how a bit of mean-spirited gossip could potentially ruin a man; and how that man rises up and marches on with his life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679417286
Author:
Ford, Ford Madox
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;wwi;novel;20th century;england;literature;british;war;english literature;british literature;english;classic;classics;modernism;historical fiction
Edition Description:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19921231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
968
Dimensions:
8.34x5.62x1.69 in. 1.80 lbs.

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