Ford Madox Ford's masterpiece, a tetralogy set in England during World War I, is widely considered one of the best novels of the twentieth century.
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A dozen stories from 1906 by Lugones, often grouped with writers of the macabre such as Poe and Lovecraft for his surrealist style. A good title for foreign literature collections. ... Read full review
I tell my students that when I start a book, I finish it. This one required stubbornness and persistence on my part. It is the longest novel I’ve ever read, far surpassing War and Peace, a better book. It was another in a series of books recommended for those suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal. I’m officially cured!
This laborious text tracks the antics of rich Christopher Tietjens; his wife, Sylvia; mistress Valentine; and brother, Mark, across twenty years, including WWI. It is sometimes intriguing, sometimes interesting, rarely excellent and spell-binding. Reviewers called it one of the greatest works of the 20th century. Spare me. The character I found most noteworthy is Sylvia, the beautiful, but horrible wife of strange, cold Christopher. Hell hath no fury like a woman scored or, in Sylvia’s case, a woman ignored. He propels her into a never-ending series of affairs, lies, and evil machinations that make the Machiavelli’s seems like the nice family next door. My advice—read something you will enjoy without struggling through this tetrology, a true study in frustration and infinite waiting (the hoping) for something of interest to occur. *** Three Stars only