Not two long ago I read The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford for the first time. I see The Good Soldier as among the very best novels ever written. Ford had a huge literary output (some 80 books) and helped numerous other now canon status writers of the first half of the 20 century (including Joyce, Conrad, Hemingway and Pound). I began to look for other works by Ford. Everything lead to his four part work Parade's End. Anthony Burgess has called the work the best novel in the English Language. (The work is artistically a whole. It was published in four parts for business reasons.) When pressed on this he said ok maybe it is second best behind The Good Soldier. We know this is probably meant to be taken as hyperbolic but it is without rival as a novel of WWI and the Imperial British Sensibility at the zenith of the empire. The book is considered to be in part a great work of genius, though a flawed one. I wanted to find out for myself. I am inviting others to read Parade's End starting around April 1, 2010. There will be no time schedule or anything like that. I do not see it as a read along just kind of people reading and posting on the book in around the same time frame. I accept in the end no one may read along on this and that is ok. I have my full time to devote to reading if I wish and I know others do not so my schedule cannot be followed by most. I also know that many will not find the work to their taste. I read the first chapter this morning and I really liked it but I could see others as seeing it as too mannered and elitist. My hopes are very high for this book. I plan to do at least one maybe two or three posts on each section. If anyone does a post on the book I will link it here and if they like I would be happy to guest post it here.
I invite any and all to join in and go at their own pace and wishes. Penguin Press has a nice edition of the work with a brilliant introduction by Max Saunders (foremost authority on Ford). I hope to begin reading this about April 1, 2010.
Please let me know if you are interested in joining in