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Parade's End Volume III: A Man Could Stand Up- (Parade's End #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  230 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
"A Man Could Stand Up -, "the third volume of "Parade's End, " brings Ford's characters to the 'crack across the table of History', across which lie their uncertain post-war futures. Divided into three parts, the novel is a kaleidoscopic vision of society at a climactic moment. The Armistice Day fireworks heard by Valentine Wannop in London with which the novel opens are e ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Carcanet Press (first published 1926)
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Mar 23, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Ford progresses with Parade’s End the books cover less and less time; this entire novel takes place in Valentine’s and Tietjens’s minds on Armistice Day.

Will they, won’t they…will they, won’t they…will they, won’t they--ever be happy? together?

Perhaps the war will liberate England in a way it never planned on. But what will be the consequences of that liberation? A Parade is an artificial thing, and all of the parades that Christopher Tietjens has decided are over for good--Tory England, the
As the series progressed, each book covered a shorter time span. This one covers just two days- Armistice Day 1918, and a day in April 1918 when Christopher might have been killed, but was not.

I shall move straight on to the final book, though I am reliably informed that Ford should have stopped with the third one.
Jun 23, 2015 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These comments refer to the entire series, Parade's End.
This is the 3rd book of the quartet that makes up Parade's End. It's hard to describe just how astonishing this work is. It's not an easy read, but staying with Ford is so worth it. I found myself going to sleep at night thinking about the characters and waking up still puzzling over them, analyzing this train wreck of a marriage, thinking about the psychological warfare Sylvia exacts on her husband, Christopher, juxtaposed with the very re
Jul 06, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All right, one more to go! This series of four books, known collectively as Parade's End, is easily the comprehensive declaration of post-World War I modernism. Through its techniques and story we see the soul of a movement that had roots in previous literary movements but was forced to move on and change as the landscape of the world changed. Even then, the initial modernist writers would not give up their roots entirely, even though they knew these traditions would die with them.

Some critics,
Caitrin Glavin
Jan 30, 2014 Caitrin Glavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a break after the first two and am so glad I did. The language, the characters, the dialogue, everything was so sharp and wonderful and I was able to attend after the hiatus. Valentine's first person parts are excellent in how they mirror the thoughts and rhythms of Tiejens and her images for him (bear, badger, madman) are great to see in contrast to his own for her (clean, athletic, fair). The exploration of their relationship feels like a very modern love story, forgetting the upward mo ...more
carl  theaker
Apr 17, 2010 carl theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The title refers to being able to stand up on a hilltop and not get shot, that is, the
war would be over.

The focus shifts to life in the trenches. Though instead of combat the modern side of war is covered, the paperwork; the organizing of expenses, the craziness of forms, forms, forms.

Tiejtens experiences are bookended by Valentine's thoughts on him at war, her love for
him, but he has never contacted her during the entire war.

His old friend, MacMaster, owes him some money. MacMaster's wife woul
Devon Flaherty
Apr 25, 2014 Devon Flaherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Parade’s End, by Ford Madox Ford. First published as a series of books, Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up–, and The Last Post, in the 1920s. I read the Vintage edition of all four stories together, published in 1950/1978.

All authors have their overused words. For Rowling in the Potter series, it was “pant.” For Rowling later on, it was all about “thick legs.” For me, it seems to be “face” or “gaze.” For Tolstoy, it was “superfluous” (at least
Peter Ellwood
Nov 11, 2015 Peter Ellwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a towering towering masterpiece. Goodness gracious me. It’s true that sometimes you read a fine piece of work and gurgle over it, only to look back a month or two later and ask yourself why. It’s not impossible that I shall do the same with Parades End I suppose.

Possible but not probable, it strikes me. There is a contrary point of view too. I’m very conscious that the books I read in my salad days, 40 years ago, still tend to define greatness for me. They’ve had 40 years more for the notio
Grady Ormsby
Aug 08, 2013 Grady Ormsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Man Could Stand Up is the third novel in Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy Parade's End. This volume begins on Armistice Day with a focus on Valentine Wannop, Christopher Tietjens' maybe-yes, maybe-no lover. She is embroiled in continuing turmoil created by the arch-villianess, Sylvia Tietjens. The whole world has changed, never to be the same again, yet Valentine is trapped in the ageless, timeless, unchanging machinations of jealosy, selfishness, hypocrasy and greed. In the second part of the nove ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Rene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is book three from the "Parade's End" tetralogy, and it seems Ford wanted to end the books here. The first part is about Valentine Wannop, hearing, after the war, that Tietjens has returned to England. She decides to go to him and look after him.

Then, in part 2 time goes back a few months and we learn about Tietjens, having been sent to the trenches at te end of the former book, in the dirty trenches war. Here too, because I am not familiar with the army, I had some difficulty in following
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2000.

The third of Ford's Parade's End series also has a title which looks to the end of the First World War; it is a remark made by one of the men in the trenches that peace will make it possible for a man to stand up without risking being killed. However, when the end of the war comes, Christopher Tietjens is not in a position to stand up; he is suffering from shellshock exacerbated by the treatment he receives from his dreadful wife Sylvia. The
Oct 09, 2012 Humphrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, great. A Man Could Stand Up is even more dependent on the other novels in the tetrology than the two preceding it, but it distances itself from them considerably. The tone of the novel has altered drastically in accordance with the transformation of Tietjens and Valentine. Tietjens, who had been severed from his tradition by his first injury and call to the front lines (also reflected in the much more stable chronologically of this novel, as opposed to the interweaving flashes of mem ...more
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This is the third book of the tetralogy Parade's End.

The last book of this series is The Last Post.

My full review of this series will come after I've finished the fourth volume.
John Eliot
Apr 24, 2016 John Eliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this most out of the Parade's End series, probably because it was most accessible. The scenes set in the trenches of the First World War I felt had a resonance of Ford's experiences, similar to Sassoon's but not as personal. At times Ford's writing is like wading through treacle and he wouldn't be to everyone's taste.
Jed Mayer
Jan 27, 2015 Jed Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the only volume in the sequence that actually takes the reader to the Western Front, one would expect this to be full of sound of fury, but is, unexpectedly but appropriately, every bit as complex, rich, and subtle as its predecessors.
Jan 08, 2014 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bill P.
Book three in Ford's Parade's End. While this part focuses on both Valentine and Tietjens, what is most memorable and perhaps the most difficult part of the three volumes so far is the extended section covering Tietjens in the trenches in 1918. The way Ford goes in and out of his character's head with private musings in the midst of an active conversation with another character can extend a scene that probably only lasted a few seconds in actual narrative to several pages. This has proved a less ...more
Amy Layton
Jun 10, 2014 Amy Layton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
I read this one separate from Ford's tetralogy for a class, and it stands well on its own. It's a little hard to read, but Valentine and Christopher's characters are extremely well written and very intricate.
Angela McPherson
This third part of Ford's novel about WW1 deals with the cental character, Christopher Tietjens, experiences in the trenches of WW1. The detail and descriptive narrative is very powerful, and I found myself feeling as if I was in the trenches with the men, suffering alongisde the soldiers the stress, agonies and deprivations they went through. Hard to read in the sense that the language is very dense but moving, but repays the effort if you wish to understand why such an awful war changed societ ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Dianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn these books are challenging. I couldn't get through it all at once..had to take numerous breaks and read other books. But no matter. I got through this one finally.

The chapters with Valentine are 10x better than just Tietjens...easier to follow. But they're all still brilliant. It's hard to describe. Because it makes me brain hurt. But I still love it somehow.

I'm sure one day I'll read it again and love/appreciate it even more. Or that's the plan.
The third book of the Parade's End tetralogy begins on Armistice Day. Valentine receives a barely intelligible phone call at work from Edith Ethel about Tietjens being home and mad. We hear more about Tietjens last days on the front lines where he saves a couple of soldiers' lives and General Campion does his best to ruin Tietjens. This one was a good read; I can't wait to finish the series.
Jul 08, 2013 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It is hard to rate something from so different a time. I was as interested by the biography of this book -- it's life in the world -- as the book itself. For my era, it was slow paced. But it gave me a thorough experience. The protagonist is never labeled 'shell shocked' or PTSD. And somehow that makes his struggle all the more moving. He just wades through it to hope.
Kate Sherrod
Almost finished reading this *on Armistice Day* but not quite. Review now up on my blog.
Aug 07, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read all four books in this series, and although I found them easy enough to read, I didn't have a clue what was going on half the time.Maybe it's me.
Bob Hibbert
Overlooked masterpiece. BUT will be a masterpiece theater mini-series, so one can hope it becomes better known.
Aug 08, 2015 Myles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, war
Never mind the previous. This is war, man.

Review: Parade's End
Can't really rate this until I've finished the next book but I'll say it's challenging.
Nov 19, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of Parade's End quartet--best one so far, a CATCH 22 for WWI England.
Jun 18, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense, well written and absorbing
Jun 08, 2013 Dimmy-jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ford Madox Ford, born Ford Hermann Hueffer, was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.

Ford Madox Ford was the author of over 60 works: novels, poems, criticism, travel essays, and reminiscences. His work includes The Good Soldier, Parade's End, The R
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