The Good Soldier

The Good Soldier : A Tale of Passion

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The meeting of John and Florence Dowell and Edward and Leonora Ashbumham in a German health spa is the centre of a train of lies, deceptions, adulterous love triangles and deaths. John Dowell, a memorably "unreliable" narrator, calls it "the saddest story I have ever heard". His narrative distance stems partly from the distance in time of the events, partly from his absence from some of them, but mostly from his ignorance or denial of realities as intimate as his wife's serial deception.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • further reading
  • 0141181192
  • 9780141181196
  • 1,628,118

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Born in Devon in 1873, and educated in England, Germany and France, Ford changed his original surname, Hueffer, in 1919, after having served with the British army in World War I (1914-1918). He wrote over 60 works including novels, poems, criticism, travel essays and reminiscences, Ford also edited the English Review (1908-11) and the Transatlantic Review (1924, Paris). THE GOOD SOLDIER (1915) is considered his masterpiece. From 1927 on Ford lived in the United States and in France.show more

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