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I suspect that Ford Madox Ford, like Marmite, you either love or hate. This book was my first taste of FMF (I thought I'd begin with something shortish before embarking on the Parade's End quartet) and I loved it. The story moves backwards and forwards in time and gradually unfolds and then pleats again but always leading to a fuller picture of what has been happening to the 4 characters of the novel. Nothing is what it seems and the idyllic picture of the four friends with which the novel opens is anything but. This is brilliantly written, funny and tongue-in-cheek at times, dark and penetrating at others. The interior world is contrasted against exterior social constraints and conventions, late Victorian manners with early 20th century psychology. Maybe think Virginia Wolf's Mrs Galloway but with heart and humour and without the pretensions. I listened to Kerry Shale as the narrator, who was brilliant. Highly recommended.
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This book has a style that Scott Fitzgerald later echoes. Cynicism, passion, treachery and death all told by an unreliable narrator. But what makes this so much better than the book is the reader, he is wonderful! His voice is both disarming and poignant, and his heart-warming, self-deprecating laugh will stay with me for a very long time.......
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It's misogynistic and full of bigotry. I know it may not reflect the writer's own opinion, but it made me unconfortable. Also the narration is over dramatized which makes the main character sound pompous and unworthy of sympathy.
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