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Parade's End Volume I: Some Do Not... (Parade's End #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  281 ratings  ·  36 reviews
"Some Do Not...," the first volume of "Parade's End," introduces the central characters: Christopher Tietjens, a brilliant mathematician; his dazzling, unfaithful wife Sylvia; and the young Suffragette Valentine Wannop. It starts with the cataclysmic weekend that throws Tietjens and Valentine together. It ends in 1917 as the two are on the verge of becoming lovers, before ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Carcanet Press (first published 1924)
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sckenda
Jan 12, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonely Buffalos Standing Apart From the Herd
I admire Christopher Tietjens with reckless abandon, which is not particularly appropriate, because Tietjens, himself, is never reckless--except when he recklessly abandons his self-interest in pursuit of what he believes to be right.

Tietjens is a brilliant mathematician and the youngest son of an aristocratic family from Yorkshire. For recreation, he reads the Encyclopedia Britannica and notes corrections in its margins. Tietjens is an 18th Century man trapped in 1913-- he is “a lonely buffalo
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Caroline
This must be one of the novels, if not the only novel, that one reads for the centenary of the Great War. Ford is an erudite social anthropologist, describing every detail of a highly evolved social structure in the process of simultaneously portraying its implosion. So that it would be a challenge to assign it to most undergraduate classes today, I think; they would protest that they don’t have a clue what anyone is talking about. What nonsense is Tietjiens going on about? – they didn’t sign up ...more
Laura
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This is the first book of the tetralogy Parade's End.

Opening lines:
The two young men — they were of the English public official class — sat in the perfectly appointed railway carriage. The leather straps to the windows were of virgin newness; the mirrors beneath the new luggage racks immaculate as if they had reflected very little; the bulging upholstery in its luxuriant, regulated curves was scarlet and yellow in an intricate, minute dragon pattern, th
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Derek Davis
"There will never be a Ford Madox Ford revival," said my very tweedy English prof in college. Alas, probably not. This 4-volume work is usually cited for the intensity of its coverage of WWI and and the surrounding times in England. For me, it's the unrivaled intensity of emotion throughout. What the protagonist, Tietjens, and his star-crossed lover, Valentine Wannop (!) go through to try to find some resolution in life is, in places, like an operation without anesthetic. God, could Ford get at ...more
Momina Masood
My heart goes out to Christopher Tietjens and all that he stood for. Though I wasn't much pleased with the way the BBC series ended, I can still manage to admire the story in its delicate and sad beginning and its yet strong and chaste characters. There is something very elegant about the melancholy that lines a silent, unattainable love, an elegance that is very much present in Ford's writing. I recommend the books especially to those who saw and liked the adaptation. There is significant depth ...more
DL
I was expecting dry toast. I was expecting a heavy handed author. What I got was a very involved, yet delicate, story. There wasn't much in the way of action but there was a lot in the way of emotion and inner workings.
Devon Flaherty
*REVIEW FOR PARADE'S END TETROLOGY.

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
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Jamie Bradway
Ford is very, very thorough. It's like he was writing for the future, knowing that the social machinations of the day would seem so antiquated just a generation later, so that it all had to be written down for historians' sake. It's a little hard to relate to the motivations of these characters, however.

There are some really beautiful passages, as well.
Grady Ormsby
Some Do Not... is the first novel in Ford Madox Ford's classic Modernist tetralogy Parade's End. Some people have compared this work to Downton Abbey. The setting for both is early Nineteenth Century England and the main characters for both are aristocrats, but the comparison stops there. Ford's work is no plot-driven soap opera. In fact, there doesn't seem to be much plot. On the face of it the characters don't do anything extraordinary and nothing out of the ordinary seems to happen to them. ...more
Paul Frandano
Amid the curious Downton Abbey fancy that has swept up American television viewers (among whom I too am swept up), I decided to read Ford's tetralogy after having seen a New Republic review call the BBC/HBO television adaptation, in effect, "Downton Abbey for grown-ups." Chronologically, the first installment of the four novels, Some Do Not..., covers much of the same ground as Downton Abbey but in a distinctively modernist way - jumping with little announcement from pre-WWI to post-WWI and back ...more
Jen
I have read it to myself once and a second time, out loud. I am glad I read it out loud as slowing down helped with the chronology (which really confused the storyline for me the first time through.)
It was really interesting to see the characters through each other's eyes.
A thank you to my daughter's Benedict Cumberbatch (AKA British-actor Silly-name; Bandersnatch Cummerbund) infatuation for introducing me to this book.
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Rene
"Some do not ..." is the first book of the tetralogy "Parade´s End". The tetralogy is set before and during the first World War. It is a part of the story of Christopher Tietjens (will the rest follow in the other books of the tetralogy?), who is unhappily married to an unfaithful wife. Although he loves another women, and she loves him, it does not come to a close relationship.

The author unfolds the story in an interesting way, although this asks some extra concentration and patience of the re
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Amina Farooq
Although the story and triangle of Teitjens, Wannop and Sylvia made for a good read, the incredibly long descriptions just turn it into a boring piece. Similarly, some of the chapters are all here and there and what happens at one point, you have to read further on to see how it began or what its context was.
Loretta
Ein Stern Abzug für die Übersetzung von 2003, die in ihrem Übereifer für den zeitlich "passenden Ton" plüschiger daherkommt als das englische Original. Kommt jedenfalls bei mir so an. Davon abgesehen begeistert mich auch diese Fassung; es schimmert immer wieder ein stoisch-absurder Wortwitz hindurch, der dem Treiben in der Jauchegrube der britischen High Society rund um WKI die Würze gibt. Ein Treiben ohne "klassische" Höhepunkte in der Erzählung, wohlgemerkt, die Faszination ergibt sich aus dem ...more
Sophie Louise
If Part Two wasn't so much of a jump, I think at least a few years passed, it would have earned a 5. The missing time lag made it confusing, but it was very beautiful and well written. Would've given 4.5 if I could
Bill P.
Picked this up in my 20 plus year old Everyman's Library edition inspired to take a look at the language after watching a BBC multipart of Parade's End. Not an easy read, but it didnt take long to get drawn in to this story that could almost be boiled down to a traditionl love triangle, but one complicated by a looming World War I, the rigidity of the English upper crust, and a largely non-linear narrative bouncing in and out of the heads of various characters. This was just the first of the fou ...more
Annery
This is a brilliant depiction of English society in the years right before WWI. It isn't a light read nor is the protagonist, Christopher Tietjens, an easy conduit for modern readers, but he is a true Hero in the best sense of the word. A man who lives by moral and intellectual codes that may seem absurd to others but by which he abides in spite of great hardship to himself, such as sacrificing a great love so as to not shame (by divorcing her) a woman who has cuckolded him & even placed in ...more
Biogeek
The prose was just too convoluted
Mimi Berkshire
I was interested in reading the book after watching the HBO series which was true to the story in every way and much more interesting than Downton Abbey. The book is really a series and is very long. Because of the length, the intense use of description, and the approach to story telling, it took me quite a long time to finish. It was worth it, though. I'm embarrassed to say that I had no idea of the importance of Ford Maddox Ford. Most enjoyable to me was the language in the book. Enlightening. ...more
Connie Crosby
The first book: a challenging read ranging from amusing to boring. Was not always sure what was happening, especially when the plot jumped back and forth in time, and found some dialogue quite repetitive.

Still, after discussing it with others I would be interested in watching the television series and possibly reading the other books.
Brandon O'Neill
Some liked this book, some do not. I'm in the later camp. This is actually on a lot of "best of" the 20th century literature lists, but it seemed like more of a chore to me to read than enjoyment. In fact, I asked a lot of people, and nobody I know has read this or heard of it. There was some interesting parts and characters, but too much British social manners of the time to keep me going.
Alex
Though I'm still reading through the rest of the tetrology to which this novel intimately belongs, I think it's worth considering in itself, if only because they were published them as four separate volumes. Ford has this lovely play between subtly revealing major aspects and suddenly revealing facts much less important than what they seem. Enjoyed it, will edit review when I finish the larger work.
Trisha
Such a weirdly printed copy. It did the novel an injustice. Punctuation and paragraphing were so -- wrongly done, actually -- that you could not follow who actually was speaking. I will never question the efficacy of proper punctuation/paragraphing again! I think it would have been a much better read otherwise.
Lesley
There are maybe things one could nitpick at in this book (there was one passing allusion that suggested that Ford thought women got the vote rather earlier than they did, FMF so not a factchecky person, unlike his protag), but it's still incredibly wowful in how it does what it does.
Mark Heyne
I picked this up on Apple i-books after watching the first two episodes of the BBC adaptation. so far so good! I actually read some fit, and found the tv version faithfull to the text. I didn't get very far with the novel, but I could go back,toot someday!
Brynn
Lovely characters but the writing is almost willfully hard to follow. Lots of skips in time. Crucial events happen off page. Very odd by modern standards. Still, you can't help but root for Christoper and Valentine and yes, even Sylvia.
Chloe
I abandoned Parade's End at the end of the 1st volume! It was so hard to read - nothing really happened yet the prose went on and on and on! The characters were superficial and the Tjetjens was thoroughly unlikeable.
Susanna
I'm not too sure about this. It's a bit postmodern for me I think. Although I did like Timothy Findley's "The Wars" which in some respects (not many, but some) I found similar...
Karen
I'll have more to say about this when I finish the other three books. I really admire the way the book is constructed and I'm very fond of this period of British history.
Allison
Since Parade'd End is 4 novels collected into one vast tome, I'm breaking them out individually on Goodreads because I want credit for every book I read. Greedy, maybe.
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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 Rash Act, and Ladies Whose Bright Eyes. He worked as the editor of the English Review and the Transatlantic Review and collaborated with Joseph Conrad on The Inheritors, Romance, and other works. Ford lived in both France and the United ...more
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