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No Enemy: A Tale of Reconstruction

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  3 reviews
No Enemy, written between The Good Soldier (1915) and Parade's End (1919) was not published until 1929 in New York. It is vintage Ford, neglected in part because of its publishing history, in part because it falls between the stools of fiction and autobiography.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 1984)
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Greg Deane
'No Enemy: A Tale of Reconstruction” by Ford Madox Ford is both musing and reflective narrated by the self-styled Compiler and the poet-horticulturalist, Gringoire, a name that alludes to a mediaeval French poet, and an outsider drawn into the gypsy world of Esmerelda and Quasimodo in Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame” a character liable for hanging for having witnessed secrets. Ford’s Gringoire is likewise a witness to the First World War who distinguishes between the scenes and events he sees with his ...more
J.M. Slowik
May 04, 2013 J.M. Slowik rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Breeders, pacifists and anti-natalists,
"The last war was a food riot: the next war will be a food riot beyond the imagination of the sons of men."

Curious, prophetic. This can make for difficult reading in that it's scatter-shot in places, consisting almost entirely of the reflections of a 'warrior-poet' coming back from the first World War, a character named Gringoire. It's described as a 'reconstructionary' novel, examining how a human being can be broken by war only to come back stronger. Oppressed by the madness of it all, maybe,
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Mariam Odent
A nebulous mess of a book is what comes to mind when I think of this book. This isn't his best work and it's largely forgotten for good reason. It feels less like a novel than a series of stream of consciousness rants/impressions/thoughts. The narrator tells us of his visit to an eccentric WWI war veteran who cooks absurd meals. Sometimes we get events told from this unknown narrator and his general impressions of the veteran. There are sections where the war veteran takes over the narrative and ...more
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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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