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The Good Soldier
Ford Maddox Ford
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Set just before the First World War in continental Europe and the English countryside, this modernist masterpiece charts the tragedy of two seemingly perfect couples perfectly destroying one another. A highwire act of emotional suspense that is no less fun for its technical brilliance.

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Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
The Good Soldier is a strange book, and I’m not surprised toto see that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die suggests that opinion is divided about it. First published in 1915, and now reissued as one of the Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century, it’s a very early example of modernism, in which a foolish, rich American discovers that his wife, Florence, has been having a long-term affair with his friend, Edward Ashburnham. Dowell is hopelessly ignorant about life in general and very naive about his wife and friend in particular, and the story is constructed to show his dawning awareness of events. As he finds out more about what’s going on, he keeps having to revise his opinion about Florence, Ashburnham and his rather strange wife, Leonora, with the result that the reader becomes as confused and befuddled as he is. <br/><br/>For more see http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/the-good-soldier-by-ford-madox-ford/
 
Nov. 7, 2013
Certainly one of the top three novels in the English Language. A wonderful story of deceit without any deceit. An amazing feat of early modernism.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
The Good Soldier is excellent, written with unusual style and completely consumed my attention and sensibilities.
 
Aug. 28, 2016
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