"Parade's End" is the title Ford Madox Ford gave to his greatest work, the four Tietjens novels which - in Graham Greene's words - tell 'the terrifying story of a good man tortured, pursued, driven into revolt, and ruined as far as the world is concerned by the clever devices of a jealous and lying wife'. He wanted to see the book printed in one volume: "Some Do Not" (1924), "No More Parades" (1925) and "A Man Could Stand Up" (1926), with his afterthought, "The Last Post" (1928). Christopher Tietjens is the last of a breed, The Tory Gentleman, Which The Great War, A Savage Marriage To Sylvia, and the qualities inherent in his nature, define and unravel. Here the War's attritions offered no escape from domestic witchcraft. Opposite Tietjens is Macmaster, a Scot, different in class and culture, at once friend and foil. Here Ford's art and his human vision achieve their greatest complexity and subtlety. Gerald Hammond is Professor of English at the University of Manchester, author of "The Making of the English Bible", "Fleeting Things" and other critical volumes and editor of the "Selected Poems of John Skelton and of Richard Lovelace" in the "FyfieldBooks" series. This volume is part of The Millennium Ford project which aims to bring all the major writings of this great writer back into circulation.
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A story which traces the history of a house and a family at the time of World War I. This is a picture of Edwardian England at its most opulent. Exploring the themes of love, honour and betrayal, this contemporary of Henry James and Joseph Conrad shows himself their equal in literary skill.Review:
'One of the best books I have ever read about Englishness.' - AS Byatt, The Guardian
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Book Description Penguin Classic, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140180834