The Good Soldier
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THIS is the saddest story I have ever heard. We had known the Ashburnhams for nine seasons of the town of Nauheim with an extreme intimacy--or, rather with an acquaintanceship as loose and easy and yet as close as a good glove's with your hand. My wife and I knew Captain and Mrs Ashburnham as ...Back to top
Reviewed by DayLily on Aug 26, 2011
Ever been driven to near madness by love?
The Good Soldier is excellent, written with unusual style and completely consumed my attention and sensibilities.
Reviewed by jfbrownmm on Nov 10, 2010
No better way to spend your time.
Certainly one of the top three novels in the English Language. A wonderful story of deceit without any deceit. An amazing feat of early modernism.
Reviewed by LisaHill on Apr 18, 2009
The Good Soldier - a classic worth reading...
The Good Soldier is a strange book, and I’m not surprised toto see that 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die suggests that opinion is divided about it. First published in 1915, and now reissued as one of the Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century, it’s a very early example of modernism, in which a foolish, rich American discovers that his wife, Florence, has been having a long-term affair with his friend, Edward Ashburnham. Dowell is hopelessly ignorant about life in general and very naive about his wife and friend in particular, and the story is constructed to show his dawning awareness of events. As he finds out more about what’s going on, he keeps having to revise his opinion about Florence, Ashburnham and his rather strange wife, Leonora, with the result that the reader becomes as confused and befuddled as he is.
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