Friday 23 May 2014

Book Review: Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford

Title: Parade's End
Author: Ford Madox Ford
Publisher: BBC Books
Publication Date: 2012 (1928)
Pages: 906
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary / Historical
Source: Bought Copy
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The Great War changes everything. In this epic tale, spanning over a decade, war turns the world of privileged, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens upside down. It forces him to question everything he holds dear - social order, morality, marriage and loyalty. And it rocks the very foundations of English society. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The fours novels that comprise Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford are truly amazing. The characters really come to life on the page through beautiful and descriptive prose and the story is captivating from start to finish. Ford does jump around in time a little but once you get used to it, it is no hardship to follow and keep up with everything.

I saw the TV adaptation before reading the book (unusual for me) and certainly the book ending is not quite such a clear cut happy ending, but on the whole the series was very loyal to the original work and it was great to relive the story again on the page.

Highly recommended for fans of literary/historical fiction and those who are inspired by indepth character studies.

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