"The finest English novel about the Great War" - Malcolm Bradbury, GuardianA Man Could Stand Up
is the third novel of Ford Madox Ford's highly regarded tetralogy about the First World War, Parade's End
. It was published in 1926, and was extraordinarily well-reviewed.
The Parade's End
novels chronicle the life of a member of the English gentry before, during and after World War I. The work is a complex tale written in a modernist style ("it is as modern and modernist as they come"), which concentrates on the psychological result of the war on participants and on society. In December 2010, John N. Gray hailed the work as "possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English", and Mary Gordon labelled it as "quite simply, the best fictional treatment of war in the history of the novel".
"The best novel by a British writer . . . It is also the finest novel about the First World War" - Anthony Burgess
"There are not many English novels which deserve to be called great: Parade's End
is one of them." - W. H. Auden
"If Parade's End
is due for a revival it's not for its large historical or philosophical truths but because it is panoramic and beautifully written. It is a condemnation of the brutal senselessness and stupid waste of war." - Edmund White, New York Review of Books
"Possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English, I've come to think." - John Gray, New Statesman