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

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Christopher Tietjens, a brilliant, unconventional mathematician, is married to the dazzling yet unfaithful Sylvia when, during a turbulent weekend, he meets a young Suffragette by the name of Valentine Wannop. Christopher and Valentine are on the verge of becoming lovers until he must return to his World War I regiment. Ultimately, Christopher, shell-shocked and suffering ...more
Paperback, 426 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 1924)
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Mar 10, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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
Derek Davis
Mar 14, 2011 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing
"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
Jul 25, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-english
Если вы ничего не знали о нравах британского общества, кроме Джейн Остин, то you're in for surprise! Кратко излагаю правила, по которым оно функционирует у Форда в описанные времена (перед и во время первой мировой):

- если мужчину (неважно, женатого или нет) увидели проходящим по улице под руку с женщиной (неважно, замужем или нет), в глазах общества у них страстный роман
- если девушка заговорила с незнакомым мужчиной, она шлюха, и скорее всего у нее от него ребенок
- для того, чтобы все общество
Mar 25, 2016 Eleanor rated it liked it
I found reading this quite strange: frankly a bit of a mess, but an interesting one. The tone was frequently on the verge of hysteria, and yet the central character was the epitome of the British stiff upper lip. Yes, I know about still waters running deep, but even so ...

However, I am intrigued enough to go on with the series, as I suspect that the later volumes will help make more sense of what motivated the various characters, especially Sylvia and Edith Ethel. What motivated Ford to create t
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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
Jamie Bradway
Apr 14, 2013 Jamie Bradway rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 11, 2014 DL rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2014 Devon Flaherty rated it liked it

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
Paul Frandano
Mar 24, 2013 Paul Frandano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-literary
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
Grady Ormsby
Aug 31, 2013 Grady Ormsby rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 02, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
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.
Lovely Quote
" That was what a young woman was for. You seduced a young wom
Oct 01, 2013 Rene rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
"Some do not ..." is the first book of the tetralogy "Parades 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 rea
Apr 03, 2015 Dianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One down, three to go. I absolutely adored the mini-series, so my parents bought me these beautiful copies of Parade's End for my birthday. So months later I've finally started.

And it was good! It was a little hard to get through at times. And the description of Tietjens is really not that of a romantic hero...which is actually kinda awesome. Tietjens is this sort of weird character who doesn't really fit into the world he lives in. And I just love how much he struggles with that. The people aro
Aug 09, 2012 Loretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verfilmt, drama, klassiker
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
Sep 02, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed this book, even more so than I thought I would. I can already tell I'm going to be rereading this series at some point, which I certainly hadn't expected. The time period, topics and tone distinguish this book as part of the post WWI deluge, and yet the grand sweep of events and personal turmoil as a metaphor for the changes facing British society as whole reminds me distinctly of nineteenth century Russian novels.

Meanwhile: "If you wanted something killed you'd go to Sylvia Tie
Feb 13, 2015 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I want to rant and rave. I want everyone to know of its genius. The way the novel envelops you; reminds you of your own love. The novel cleverly creates an empathetic reader, and we want the rose-red days of love to live on forever. Tietjens is a man of great intellect, and his knowledge translates into a great criticism of Edwardian England. Richly engaged and tied to every corner of the world, England seems isolated, but this text reminds the reader the far-reaches of England's Empire and the ...more
Bill P.
Apr 27, 2013 Bill P. rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Annery rated it really liked it
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
Mimi Berkshire
May 25, 2013 Mimi Berkshire rated it really liked it
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.
Brandon O'Neill
Jan 01, 2014 Brandon O'Neill rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 23, 2012 Humphrey rated it it was amazing
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.
John Eliot
Nov 03, 2015 John Eliot rated it it was amazing
Yes, a great novel. I hadn't heard of Ford Maddox Ford until I bought it in a charity shop. I don't think it would be everyone's choice. It is very wordy, but beautifully written. There are circumstances that some wouldn't understand such as the disgrace of having an affair and illegitimate child, and also very surprisingly going overdrawn at the bank! For those who enjoy a novel with a bit of meat on though, a must read.
Jed Mayer
Jan 19, 2015 Jed Mayer rated it it was amazing
An indisputable modernist masterpiece, and probably the only one that is too little talked about or read; a masterpiece of indirection and delayed, measured effects, it is also a gut-wrenchingly moving account of love and war, as endured by the painfully repressed and reputation-conscious English upper middle class.
Nov 05, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it
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.
Connie Crosby
Dec 30, 2014 Connie Crosby rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub, 2014
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.
Amina Farooq
Apr 13, 2014 Amina Farooq rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 10, 2012 Chloe rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 27, 2012 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Walker (A Shropshire Girl)
Oct 25, 2014 Walker (A Shropshire Girl) rated it really liked it
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
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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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