Matt’s Book Blog recently read and reviewed Some Do Not by Ford Madox Ford for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s a sample:
Ford’s modernist prose and technique are difficult. He uses paradox, time shifts, and, quoting the man himself, “the intricate tangle of references and cross-references.” His fiction rewards especially attentive readers who re-read. Other writers like Siegfried Sasson seemed to mourn that The First World War exploded traditional social and cultural truths of Europe but Ford’s thesis is that the war was the inevitable outcome of social tensions, abuse of power, madness, cruelty and violence. Ford truly was what he thought a serious novelist should be, a historian of his time.
Read the full review.
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