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Parade's End: Volume II
No More Parades: A Novel
Edited by Joseph Wiesenfarth
ISBN: 978 1 847770 13 4
Series: Parade's End
Categories: 20th Century, War writings
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: January 2011
216 x 135 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
The general said that that afternoon Tietjens would receive a movement order. He said stiffly that he must not regard this new movement as a disgrace. It was promotion. He, Major-General Campion, was requesting the colonel commanding the depot to inscribe the highest possible testimonial in his, Tietjens', small-book. He, Tietjens, had exhibited the most extraordinary talent for finding solutions for difficult problems. The colonel was to write that! ...
"Good God. I am being sent up the line. He's sending me to Perry's Army... That's certain death!"
‘No more Hope, no more Glory, no more parades for you and me any more. Nor for the country . . . Nor for the world, I dare say . . .’, says Christopher Tietjens to a war-damaged fellow officer, under fire on the Western Front. No More Parades continues Parade’s End from Tietjens’ return to the Front in 1917. Ford's searing account of the war is unforgettable: supplies are inadequate, orders confused; men die among the ‘endless muddles; endless follies’. Death replaces love; Tietjens’ betrayal by his wife Sylvia mirrors the violence and dishonour of the war.
No More Parades includes:
-- the first reliable text, based on the hand-corrected typescript and first editions
-- a major critical introduction by Joseph Wiesenfarth, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women
-- an account of the novel’s composition and reception
-- annotations and a glossary explaining historical references, military terms, literary and topical allusions
-- a full textual apparatus including transcriptions of significant deletions and revisions
-- a bibliography of further reading
Cover painting: John Nash, Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening. 1918. By permission of the Imperial War Museum. Cover design by StephenRaw.com.
Praise for Ford Madox Ford 'Of the various demands one can make of the novelist, that he show us the way in which a society works, that he show an understanding of the human heart, that he create characters whose reality we believe and for whose fate we care, that he describe things and people so that we feel their physical presence, that he illuminate our moral consciousness, that he make us laugh and cry, that he delight us by his craftsmanship, there is not one, it seems to me, that Ford does not completely satisfy. There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade's End is one of them.'
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