Some Do Not...

Ford Madox Ford

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Some Do Not... is a novel by Ford Madox Ford, first published in 1924. It is the first in the Parade's End series, which chronicles the life of a member of the British gentry before, during, and after World War I. In 'Some Do Not...', Christopher Tietjens, a government statistician, and his friend Vincent Macmaster, an aspiring literary critic, are visiting the English countryside. Whilst there Tietjens meets a suffragette, Valentine Wannop. Although married, Tietjens is not happy, and a love affair with Valentine develops. An honourable and old fashioned man, Tietjen doesn't want to leave his wife, but whether that is to do with simple honour and loyalty, or because he moved up the social ladder when he married - is left up to the reader. His rules of honour and nobility also affect his stance towards the war, the horrors of which are explored in the novel, from outside the battlefield. In all, Some Do Not... shows that each individual character has their own motivations, despite the propaganda of the day painting the entire country of England as one of heroics and high morality.

№ 1 in the Parade's End series.

№ 57 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.

This book has 114,834 words, 209 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1924.

Production notes: This ebook of Some Do Not... was published by Global Grey on the 26th July 2018, and updated on the 24th July 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Troops Embarking at Southampton for the Western Front, 1917' by John Lavery.

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