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Some Do Not... By Ford Madox Ford Max Saunders Some Do Not 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 Valentin

  • Title: Some Do Not...
  • Author: Ford Madox Ford Max Saunders
  • ISBN: 9781847770127
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some Do Not... By Ford Madox Ford Max Saunders 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 sufferingChristopher 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 from amnesia, is sent back to London An unforgettable exploration of the tensions of a society confronting catastrophe, sexuality, power, madness, and violence, this narrative examines time and a critical moment in history.
    Some Do Not... By Ford Madox Ford Max Saunders

    Some Do Not Some Do Not 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 s I read the Vintage edition of all four stories together, published in All authors have their overused words For Rowling in the Potter series, it was pant. Some Do Not A Novel Parade s End Ford, Ford Jan , 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 again, obliquely foreshadowing events readers will learn about only much later, if at all other installments will fill in some of the blanks , with long Some do not Ford, Ford Madox Books 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 again, obliquely foreshadowing events readers will learn about only much later, if at all other installments will fill in some of the blanks , with long stretches of stream of consciousness

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    1. Nick Imrie on said:

      The most astonishing thing is how different people were in this country just 100 years ago I so often had the feeling that there was a great deal of context and subtext that I was utterly missing, when vast sums of meaning are conveyed in a mere, Oh, darling I probably shouldn t have read this book as a way to pull myself out of a reading funk It s pretty tough to go from absolutely no attention span to stream of consciousness

    2. Caroline on said:

      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 to lea [...]

    3. Maria on said:

      , , you re in for surprise , , , , , , , , , , , , , voluptuous with flaccid breasts , , , , , , , , , , , BBC The End of The Parade , , , , .

    4. Derek Davis on said:

      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 the confoun [...]

    5. Eleanor on said:

      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 sense of what motivated the various characters, especially Sylvia and Edith Ethel What motivated Ford to create these unplea [...]

    6. Laura on said:

      Free download available at eBooks Adelaide.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, the desig [...]

    7. Belinda Missen on said:

      I wanted to get my feelings down on these books singularly as I read them much like I did with the Patrick Melrose series I came to this books solely through the BBC adaptation and my weird love for the funny named Englishman who graced the role of Christopher Tietjens From my experience with the telly series, I can already tell you that Tietjens is one of my favourite literary characters There are plenty who would call him dumb or stupid, at the least, but this book gives a fantastic breakdown [...]

    8. Jamie Bradway on said:

      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.

    9. DL on said:

      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.

    10. Devon Flaherty on said:

      REVIEW FOR PARADE S END TETROLOGY.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 in translation And [...]

    11. Matt on said:

      There are people who consider this book the first part of the celebrated Parade s End tetralogy one of the greatest ever written It is, for sure, enormously ambitious There s no hand holding from the reader here Events are unfurled as deeply analysed memories, in conversations between characters and it is far from linear even on occasions where it remains so, it is quite happy to skip events of enormity and months that roll into years, leaving you to catch up as Madox Ford delves deeply into the [...]

    12. DGT on said:

      What I stand for is gone It says a lot for Ford Madox Ford s ability to expand the significance of a character by thoughtfully providing a social and historical context that Christopher Tietjens is indisputably the hero of Some Do not 1924 In retrospect, this is so from the moment we meet him on the branch line to Rye And, yet, Tietjens is variously described as a mad bullock, a dying bulldog, a hog, someone with lobster eyes, and even odious by the woman who comes to love him He rescues suffrag [...]

    13. Jane E on said:

      The Good Soldier is such a charming and special book that I was expecting than Some Do Not delivered The story is disjointed, in fact I lost the time sequence a couple of times and in the end it is not really about WWI but instead comes across as a bit of a bodice ripper Some of the upper middle class British quirks are amusing such as someone having to resign from his club over a bounced cheque and the vocabulary is terrific I may read the others in the set or may not depending on how I feel a [...]

    14. Emily M on said:

      Absolute brilliance, this whole series I have read it through three times.

    15. Mary on said:

      Having seen the TV show, I hoped I d like the book So many nuances missed by the TV show The structure was overly complex, the characters in very strange and not likeable and I m not sure what the point of the constant misunderstandings was I can t get on with the next book though at all.

    16. Realini on said:

      Some Do Not by Ford Madox FordAnother version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at youtube playlist listChristopher Tietjens is one of the most fascinating heroes.A complex Superman, an bermensch with shortcomings, but still one of the most interesting protagonists.He is at the center of this first part, and at the core of the rest of the trilogy The Last Parade by Ford Madox Ford.He is the ultimate gentleman and one of the reasons that I love the British.Having said that, I [...]

    17. Paul Frandano on said:

      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 again, o [...]

    18. Grady Ormsby on said:

      Some Do Not is the first novel in Ford Madox Ford s classic Modernist tetralogyParade 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 The action [...]

    19. Stephen AB on said:

      I can t stop buying books have been browsing thru a copy of Theorists of the Modernist Novel James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf which has some quotes of Ford Madox Ford on these writers and Modernism and is there a cooler name than Ford Madox Ford then yesterday afternoon, rummaging in a bookshop I found the Parade s End series of novels in 1948 orange Penguin editions, to add to my other multivolume reading Proust, 12 Richardson, 13.I ve never had so many books on the go at once I [...]

    20. Kasia Zet on said:

      Przyznam szczerze, e nie zwr ci abym uwagi na t ksi k , gdyby nie ok adka z Benedictem Cumberbatchem, kt rego ub stwiam i kt rego talent aktorski szczerze podziwiam, a by by to du y b d, bo ta pozycja jest naprawd warta uwagi.Mimo, e opowie toczy si czasie I wojny wiatowej, nie znajdziecie tu krwawych opis w walk, nag ych zawirowa , zwrot w akcji, ale, tylko pozornie, leniwie snuj ce si koleje losu gentelmana i arystokraty Christophera Tietjensa.Po pierwszych kartach, pochopnie, stwierdzi am, e [...]

    21. Momina Masood on said:

      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 to [...]

    22. Jen on said:

      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 woman in order [...]

    23. Rene on said:

      Some do not is the first book of the tetralogy Parade s 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 reader In the fi [...]

    24. Dianna on said:

      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 herowhich 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 around him fo [...]

    25. Frau Blücher on said:

      Ein Stern Abzug f r die bersetzung von 2003, die in ihrem bereifer f r den zeitlich passenden Ton pl schiger 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 W rze gibt Ein Treiben ohne klassische H hepunkte in der Erz hlung, wohlgemerkt, die Faszination ergibt sich aus dem Flu mit B [...]

    26. Eileen on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, even 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 Tietjens in [...]

    27. Katrina on said:

      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 biting [...]

    28. Bill P. on said:

      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 four [...]

    29. Annery on said:

      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 doubt the [...]

    30. Mimi Berkshire on said:

      I was interested in reading the book after watching the HBO series which was true to the story in every way and much 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.

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