The Good Soldier (1915)
Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (30)
The novel tells the story of the 9 year friendship between two couples.
The Good Soldier of the title has a "bad heart" and a wife he doesn't love.
The narrator's wife has a "bad heart" also and when the two couples meet
in Europe they seem to form an ideal foursome. However, as the story
The writing is very witty & the novel is structured almost like a mystery. But as with a number of other books on this list, it is hard to like any of the characters &, therefore, hard to care what happens to them.
N.B.--I wrote this review in Fall '98, it was one of my first. But I recently reread the book (for Ford's birthday) and this edition had an Intro by Ford that caused an epiphany and tied into my recent review of Madame Bovary. Please take a look at that review, specifically the note following it, for more on The Good Soldier.
Thanks; OJ (12/17/99)
See also:Ford Ford (2 books reviewed)
Library Journal: Top 150 of the Century
Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
-WIKIPEDIA: Ford Maddox Ford
-REVIEW: of FORD MADOX FORD by Max Saunders (Min Wild, TLS)
Book-related and General Links:
-Ford Maddox Ford
-Malcolm Bradbury: 'Nothing But a Writer' REVIEW: of Ford Madox Ford by Alan Judd (NY Review of Books)
-REVIEW: of Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life by Max Saunders (Julian Barnes, NY Review of Books)
-REVIEW: of The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford (R.W. Flint, NY Review of Books)
-BOOK CLUB: Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (1915). (Presented by Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World)
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