Title: Parade's End
Author: Ford Madox Ford
Publication Date: 1928
How I Found It: 100 Best Novels list
Date Completed: 3/19/15
Summary: Christopher Tietjens stands in love triangle with his perpetually unfaithful wife, Sylvia, and a young family friend Valentine. Meanwhile, WWI erupts and the world becomes a wholly unrecognizable place.
What I Thought: Sigh. This book took me months to get through. It's a beast. Two years into this challenge and I know that these long ones can take far longer than I expect. Thank goodness for audiobooks.
I have to be honest. I didn't love this book. It was just so long.
I'm not afraid of a long book. I really enjoy them when they are rightfully long. But, sometimes, I feel as though stories can get drawn out for the sake of getting drawn out. I have a sneaking suspicion I would have enjoyed Parade's End a whole lot more had it been around the length of Ford's other 100 Best Novel book, The Good Soldier. Cutting the length in half would have eliminated a lot of the philosophizing and aimless conversations and stiff, British social situations.
I also did not find a single character in this book to be particularly likeable, even Tietjens himself.
I can recognize the skill of the writing and the powerful social changes it captured. In its day, I understand why it garnered attention and praise. Personally, though, I did not find much to which I could relate and thought the whole thing too lengthy.
Will I Re-Read: Doubtful
Other Books By Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier
A Reduced Review: In a novel that feels as long as the war itself, a British gentleman navigates an unhappy marriage and the monumental transitions that accompanied WWI.