“Parade’s End”

Location Flanders has lovely photos from the new BBC/HBO miniseries “Parade’s End.”

Flanders House, a New York-based nonprofit that promotes interest in Belgium and Flanders in specific, has this to say:

“Parade’s End (is) a prestigious new BBC/HBO drama series based on the books by Ford Madox Ford and directed by Susanna White. The story is set against the backdrop of WWI and follows Christopher Tietjens, a top civil servant from a background of wealth and privilege, whose marriage flounders almost as soon as it begins. He falls in love with another woman, but he remains honorable for some considerable time to Sylvia who has several affairs. On top of this, Chris is dealing with shell shock and partial memory loss that he endures during the war.”

It stars Benedick Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Stephen Graham.

Here are the photos:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151021123802647.418775.243337862646&type=3

And here’s a link to Flanders House: http://www.flandershouse.org/

The War Through the Generations WWI Reading Challenge includes “Parade’s End” on its list of recommended reading — maybe you can be the next reviewer!

http://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/recommended-reading-wwi/

Add this title to your reading list

Here’s a review of Adam Hochschild’s book, which is a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award.

https://writingwrongs.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/review-to-end-all-wars-a-story-of-loyalty-and-rebellion-1914-1918/

Charity Tahmaseb is a fellow participant in the War Through the Generations WWI Reading Challenge.

Week 1:”The Return of Captain Emmett”

You might wonder how a blog that was launched on Feb. 1 has two posts dated January. It’s because I’m participating in the War Through the Generations Reading Challenge.

warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/2012-challenge-info-and-sign-up/

I have pledged to read more than 11 books — but I intend to read a book a week. I didn’t want to lose track of the titles I’ve read so far.

So, “The Return of Captain Emmett,” by Elizabeth Speller, made for a pleasant afternoon read. The hero, Laurence Bartram, is asked by an a family friend to find out why her shell-shocked brother, John Emmett, shot himself. He seemed to be recovering — why did he die? Bartram is terrible depressed (so much so that the book starts to become depressing), but what else has he got to do? His first clue is the list of Emmett’s bequests. Who are these people, and what on earth do they have in common?

There’s a great deal more telling than showing in this novel — I nearly set it aside. But it hangs on an interesting story, an especially tragic facet of life at the front, and I certainly can recommend it for that.