But we make exceptions. Wilful ignorance of some dark behaviour of another or even oneself:
Share via Email Ford Madox Ford: In fact, it far outlives those heady innovators and stands at the entrance to 20th-century fiction as a dark, spellbinding puzzle, a novel of perennially enthralling and mysterious depths whose influence lingers like gun-smoke after a shooting.
The "good soldier" of the title is the retired Indian army veteran Captain Edward Ashburnham, who, with his wife Leonora, forms an apparently normal friendship with two Americans, John and Florence Dowell, at the German spa town of Nauheim, where, in Augustall four have gone for a cure.
The apparent perfection of these two marriages quickly unravels. At the end, two marriages are in ruins, Nancy has gone mad, and Dowell, looking back in desolation, is alone with the dreadful memory of that perfect English gentleman, Edward Ashburnham, whose fatal flaw was his desperate and ruthless pursuit of love.
The author, having enlisted in the army, was otherwise engaged, and inattentive to these concerns. Ford says he was horrified, but it was too late. Previously, he wrote, "I had never really tried to put into any novel of mine all that I knew about writing.
Ford felt The Good Soldier to be like a member of "a race that will have no successors". He was wrong, of course. A succession of writers, from Graham Greene to Kazuo Ishigurohave found things to admire here, and to venerate.
A masterclass in the tale of the "unreliable narrator", it remains an evergreen English classic about an "English gentleman" and the "black and merciless things" concealed behind that label. The Good Soldier is a novel with an extraordinary afterlife, a text that repays every re-reading with significant new insights.The Good Soldier study guide contains a biography of Ford Madox Ford, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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Ford Madox Ford, born Ford Hermann Hueffer, was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with was cheating me or. 48 quotes from The Good Soldier: ‘I know nothing - nothing in the world - of the hearts of men. ― Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier. 24 likes.
Like “So I shall just imagine myself for a fortnight or so at one side of the fireplace of a country cottage, with a sympathetic soul opposite me. And I shall go on talking, in a low voice. Ford Madox Ford: 'an admired and influential Edwardian novelist'. Photograph: E. O. Hoppe/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image The "good soldier" of the title is the retired Indian army veteran.
First published in , Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier begins, famously and ominously, "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." The book then proceeds to confute this pronouncement at every turn, exposing a world less sad than pathetic, and more shot through with hypocrisy and deceit than its incredulous narrator, John Dowell, cares /5(88).