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Tag: The Good Soldier

The Saddest Story

The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford

This is the saddest story I have ever heard…

Marriages aren’t always what they seem to be. Ford Madox Ford is so overlooked, despite being such an influence on every writer in the twenties parisian literary scene; Conrad, Fitzgerald, Hemingway… It is very much like his novel was written for writers to notice and imitate. The Good Soldier is a very tangled study of rich Europeans who are pretty bored and not very happy. And we all know the unusual relationships that develop! Ford makes full use of his unreliable narrator, creating a story that weaves backwards and forwards through time, gets misrepresented by memory, and is every bit as complex and flawed as people can be.

A bit of unrelated trivia: Whilst exclaiming that I liked the painting on the cover, I realised it is of Luxemburg Gardens in Paris, about twenty feet from the hotel I stayed in.

The Good Soldier Quotes

“I know nothing – nothing in the world – of the hearts of men. I only know that I am alone – horribly alone.”

“Why can’t people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has got the wrong thing.”