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(06/09/2008) The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford. New York. 1951. 1st Borzoi Edition. 256 pages. With An Interpretation by Mark Schorer. keywords: Literature England 20th Century.

A brilliant novel of deceit and tragic intensity.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Ford Madox Ford has been among the neglected writers of the first quarter of this century. His tragic novel, THE GOOD SOLDIER, in which he portrays, in the stoical but fallible figure of Edward Ashburnham, an example of the English landed gentry at its best, was written just before the First World War. This unembittered story of deceit and hatred was readily termed 'great', 'a piece of art and therefore an enlightenment', and 'beautiful and moving' by contemporary reviewers. A more modern estimate of its worth is expressed by Walter Allen in Tradition and Dream: 'Ford's finest novel is probably THE GOOD SOLDIER, as formally perfect a novel as any in English and an amazingly subtle account, by one of them, of the lives of four people who appear to live in harmony and friendship.'

 

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