logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion - Ford Madox Ford, David Bradshaw
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion
by: (author) (author)
Ford Madox Ford's extraordinary novel of passion and betrayal, "The Good Soldier", is edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw in "Penguin Classics". The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate soldier, seems... show more
Ford Madox Ford's extraordinary novel of passion and betrayal, "The Good Soldier", is edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw in "Penguin Classics". The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate soldier, seems to be the perfect English gentleman, and Leonora his perfect wife, but beneath the surface their marriage seethes with unhappiness and deception. Our only window on the strange tangle of events surrounding Edward is provided by John Dowell, the husband he deceives. Gradually Dowell unfolds a devastating story, in which everyone's honesty is in doubt. "The Good Soldier" is a masterpiece of narrative skill and emotional depth. David Bradshaw's introduction discusses John Dowell as the classic unreliable narrator and as English literature's most fascinating enigma, and shows how Ford Madox Ford's unconventional narrative structure makes "The Good Soldier" a modernist masterwork. Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), born in Surrey and educated in England, Germany and France, changed his original surname, Hueffer, in 1919, after having served with the British army in World War I. As well as founding both the "English Review" and the "Transatlantic Review", home to such writers as James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, Ford was the author of more than sixty works including novels, poems, criticism, travel writing and reminiscences. "The Good Soldier" (1915) is considered his masterpiece. If you enjoyed "The Good Soldier", you might like Ford's "Parade's End", also available in "Penguin Classics", and now the subject of a major new BBC/HBO television miniseries. "A masterpiece". (Julian Barnes, Booker Prize-winning author of "The Sense of an Ending"). "I don't know how many times in nearly forty years I have come back to this novel". (Graham Greene).
show less
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141441849 (0141441844)
ASIN: 141441844
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
3.5 Ford's The Good Soldier
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's delivery is more impressive than its substance. It is told by an unreliable narrator in a chatty fireside style, but the narrator reveals that he wrote it over a long period and the information that he gives away and also his attitude shifts throughout the...
Lived in a Pretty www.livedinapretty.com/
Lived in a Pretty www.livedinapretty.com/ rated it
5.0 The Good Soldier : A Tale of Passion
This book: it is so quiet, so unassuming that it sneaks up on you. You are maybe even sort of wondering why it’s a classic when it tells (you think) such a banal story. But in fact, while telling you one story, eventually another bleeds through. The presenting story: a man of a certain age, disencha...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.0 The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford
Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novella The Good Soldier famously begins with the line, "This is the saddest story I have ever heard" (Part I, Chapter I*). It is a truly tragic tale. All the characters are caught between their own personality flaws and the expectations society holds for what are considered "...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
3.0 The Good Soldier
I liked it. Mostly. To be precise, up to two-thirds; after that, the subject matter, the narrator (for it is largely a retrospective, first-person narrative by a middle-aged white male), and the style (increasingly exalted - think schoolgirls, not nobility) began to tire me. I think it was partly be...
The English Student
The English Student rated it
2.0 The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
The Good Soldier is the story of an American and an English couple and their various and interesting interactions. It's told in an Impressionist style, which I don't really like, to be honest, although I can see the literary merit in it - i.e. it's not told in chronological order but as if a real pe...
Other editions (178)
Books by David Bradshaw
Books by Ford Madox Ford
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?