The Complete Tetralogy of Parade's End, Ford Madox
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The Complete Tetralogy of Parade's End

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Parade’s End is the great British war novel and Ford Madox Ford’s major achievement as a novelist. Originally published as four linked novels between 1924 and 1928, it follows the story of Christopher Tietjens, as his life is shattered by his wife’s infidelities and overturned by the mud, blood and destruction of the First World War. Tietjens, with his old-fashioned Tory values, is already out of step with the corrupt political culture of Edwardian England: his experiences at the Front and his developing relationship with the suffragette Valentine Wannop force him into a radical reconfiguring of his values as he participates in the post-war period of national re-construction. Parade’s End is both a subtly perceptive psychological novel and a richly descriptive chronicle of ‘the public events of a decade’. Through Tietjens, his beautiful (and unforgettably cruel) wife, Sylvia, and the principled Valentine, Ford draws us into the world of the English upper class as it goes through a period of crisis and transformation.
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All the same when the war comes it will be these little snobs who will save England, because they’ve the courage to know what they want and to say so.’
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