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The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
The Good Soldier
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With an Introduction by Sara Haslam. The Good Soldier is a masterpiece of twentieth-century fiction, an inspiration for many later, distinguished writers, including Graham Greene. Set before the First World War, it tells the tale of two wealthy and sophisticated couples, one English, one... show more
With an Introduction by Sara Haslam. The Good Soldier is a masterpiece of twentieth-century fiction, an inspiration for many later, distinguished writers, including Graham Greene. Set before the First World War, it tells the tale of two wealthy and sophisticated couples, one English, one American, as they travel, socialise, and take the waters in the spa towns of Europe. They are playing the game in style. That game has begun to unravel, however, and with compelling attention to the comic, as well as the tragic, results the American narrator reveals his growing awareness of the sexual intrigues and emotional betrayals that lie behind its façade.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781840226539 (1840226536)
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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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...
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