Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
A subtly perceptive psychological novel and a richly descriptive chronicle of the public events of a decade (1912 - 1922).
Through the story of Christopher Tietjens, his beautiful wife, Sylvia, and the principled young Valentine, Ford draws us into the world of the British upper class as it goes through a period of crisis and transformation.
Parade's End consists of four related novels published between 1924 - 1928 under the titles, Some Do Not, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up and The Last Post.
No wondering what I would read this month - the BBC series begins this Sunday night so this is the perfect time for reading Parade's End. In February I read The Good Soldier and thought it was brilliant and if this one is written in the same non-linear, thoughts and inner dialogue style as that was I'm interested to see how it will adapt to the screen.
So far I've read 60p and loving it!
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch is my year long project and at present I've read 417/959 pages so not quite halfway. I didn't manage any pages last month so would like to finish Book 5 by the end of May.
The Unrest-Cure and other stories by Saki
The whimsical, macabre tales of British writer H.H.Munro - better known as Saki - deftly, mercilessly, and hilariously skewer the banality and hypocrisy of polite, upper -class English society between the end of Queen Victoria's reign and the beginning of WWI.
Good reading ahead for May!