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 re 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 this novel I had already seen the BBC production of this before reading it and the first thing that needs to be said is what a fabulous job Tom Stoppard did in editing and extracting every last drop of what s good in this book and weeding out all the prodigious irritating excesses, including the entire last section An obvious example of Stoppard s masterful alchemy is how he hones down exchanges between characters which in the novel us 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 troublesom 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 h 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 w 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 Ti 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 tha 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 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 confusi 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 the reader feels is intended, it mimics the confusion the characters feel , one discovers great comic moments the breakfast scene at the Duchemins in particular , a beautiful love story and a very sympathetic hero of the stiff upper lip variety, and one of the most despicable yet fascinating characters you re likely to encounter in literature If you re not sure that you can commit to the full book, read Some Do Not This is a self contained book in it s own right if you finish it 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 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 char In Creating His Acclaimed Masterpiece Parade S End, Ford Madox Ford Wanted The Novelist In Fact To Appear In His Really Proud Position As Historian Of His Own Time The Subject Was The World As It Culminated In The War Published In Four Parts BetweenAnd , His Extraordinary Novel Centers On Christopher Tietjens, An Officer And Gentleman The Last English Tory And Follows Him From The Secure, Orderly World Of Edwardian England Into The Chaotic Madness Of The First World War Against The Backdrop Of A World At War, Ford Recounts The Complex Sexual Warfare Between Tietjens And His Faithless Wife Sylvia A Work Of Truly Amazing Subtlety And Profundity, Parade S End Affirms Graham Greene S Prediction There Is No Novelist Of This Century Likely To Live Than Ford Madox Ford 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 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 Victorian sensibility that pervades A 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 description 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 wasinvolved 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 move 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 wasinvolved 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 particularly want to read a book about marital machinations and moves, I wanted to read a book about WWI.Too, there is in me still the sense that I could never envision the main characters, Tietjens and his wife, Sylvia, as in any way real They do what they do from reasons