The Good Soldier (Hardcover)

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Publisher North Books
Mfg Part# 9781582870311
SKU 33792414
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1582870314
Release Date 8/15/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Author Info
Ford Madox Ford
The grandson of painter Ford Madox Brown, Ford Madox Ford grew up surrounded by the sons and daughters of the pre-Raphaelite painters. He was determined to make a literary life for himself, and established several reviews that advanced the cause of modern literature by publishing the likes of Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. He maintained a close friendship with Joseph Conrad, and while Conrad taught Ford quite a bit about writing, Ford also taught Conrad quite a bit about the English language. Ford married Elsie Martindale in 1894, but through two children and struggles with finances, the marriage deteriorated over the years. While Elsie fought Ford's efforts to divorce her, Ford nevertheless had many affairs and lived with two women, one of whom had a child by him.
The grandson of painter Ford Madox Brown, Ford Madox Ford grew up surrounded by the sons and daughters of the pre-Raphaelite painters. He was determined to make a literary life for himself, and established several reviews that advanced the cause of modern literature by publishing the likes of Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. He maintained a close friendship with Joseph Conrad, and while Conrad taught Ford quite a bit about writing, Ford also taught Conrad quite a bit about the English language. Ford married Elsie Martindale in 1894, but through two children and struggles with finances, the marriage deteriorated over the years. While Elsie fought Ford's efforts to divorce her, Ford nevertheless had many affairs and lived with two women, one of whom had a child by him. He was also a fantastically good cook and, in the words of Stella Bowen, with whom he lived in the 1920s, was "utterly reckless with the butter."
Praise
"...a story of passion carried to within sight of the highest classical pitch. It must be one of the most cleverly and intricately constructed novels in the English language, a marvel of craftsmanship in which skill is given its proper duty: to increase the tension at every phase and, above all, to hide itself and increase the emotion of characters and reader....[It] is a major performance and one of the important novels in this century."
"The ironic wit of 'The Good Soldier's' style depends...on a discrepancy between Dowell's attitude as a participant in the events and Dowell's attitude as a narrator of them. All the perception, the tolerance, the humility that recognizes the limitations of its own understanding; all the powerful ironies of the narration; all these things are Dowell's."
"In the hands of a better writer this jointure of events might well have articulated into one of the finest pictures in any language. Its facts are true, in the main. Its theme beautiful. It is tragic in the best sense that the Greeks knew tragedy, that tragedy for which there is no solution. But to achieve a high result in any book its component characters must of necessity stand forth unmistakable in their moods or characteristics. In this one they do not....You are never really stirred. You are never hurt. You are merely told and referred. It is all cold narrative, never truly poignant."
"I don't know how many times in nearly forty years I have come back to this novel of Ford's, every time to discover a new aspect to admire, but I think the impression which will be left strongly on the reader is the sense of Ford's involvement....[O]ne cannot help wondering what agonies of frustration and error lay behind 'The Saddest Story'."
From the Publisher
Annotation Americans John and Florence Dowell maintain a distanced but amiable friendship with Edward and Leonora Ashburnham, a British couple they met at a spa. Dowell finds Ashburnham to be quite admirable, but as the book progresses, more and more of Ashburnham's character is revealed, causing the reader--and eventually Dowell himself--to question Dowell's own credibility. The story is told in a fragmented, impressionistic manner, and is the quintessential tale told by an unreliable narrator.
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