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The Resource The good soldier : a tale of passion, Ford Madox Ford ; [with an introduction by Alan Judd and Max Saunders]

The good soldier : a tale of passion, Ford Madox Ford ; [with an introduction by Alan Judd and Max Saunders]

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The good soldier : a tale of passion
Title
The good soldier
Title remainder
a tale of passion
Statement of responsibility
Ford Madox Ford ; [with an introduction by Alan Judd and Max Saunders]
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Language
eng
Summary
"This is the saddest story," the narrator notes of his friend Edward Ashburham's life. A superb soldier and the perfect English gentleman, the Ashburham has one fatal flaw with regard to affairs of love. Ford weaves a brilliant tale-long recognized as one of the masterpieces of twentieth century fiction-in which nothing is quite what it seems, including the narrator's telling of the tale
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Review
  • Magill Book Review: The narrator, John Dowell of Philadelphia, begins what he calls "the saddest story I have ever heard" by comparing the breakup of the nine-year friendship between himself, his wife, Florence, and a wealthy English couple, the Ashburnhams, to events as unthinkable as the sacking of Rome.Their friendship begins at a German health spa which the Dowells visit yearly because of Florence's heart problem. During these annual visits, the four spend all their time together, until Florence's sudden death on August 4, 1913. After Dowell returns to America to settle her estate, he receives two urgent request to visit the Ashburnhams' estate.The visit to England changes life for everyone, especially John Dowell, who learns facts that shatter his beliefs and happiness. He finds himself and his world in chaotic darkness with no clear moral certitudes.On one level, this is the subtly told story of two marriages and of the problems, passions, and misunderstandings that beset such relationships. On another level, it is a microcosm of Western civilization, gradually revealing the hollowness and sickness of its surface conventions and institutions. John Dowell, the passive, naive American, learns of the true sickness of the human heart almost simultaneously with England's plunge into the evil of World War I. An acknowledged masterpiece, this fascinating story leaves the reader thinking, feeling, and seeing more clearly the complexities of human nature and society.
  • A re-issue of the novel Ford Madox Ford considered his finest work, with an introductory interpretation by Mark Schorer. There will again be critical notice rather than easy sales. The novel originally appeared in 1914. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1951)
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002522
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DLC
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1873-1939
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Ford, Ford Madox
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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bibliography
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True
Series statement
Everyman's library
Series volume
20
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  • Married people
  • Middle class
  • Friendship
  • Adultery
  • British
  • Bad Nauheim (Germany)
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a tale of passion
Label
The good soldier : a tale of passion, Ford Madox Ford ; [with an introduction by Alan Judd and Max Saunders]
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxxvii-xxxix)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
256142
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xlvii, 220 pages
Isbn
9780679406655
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
91052977
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780679406655
  • (OCoLC)24216562
Label
The good soldier : a tale of passion, Ford Madox Ford ; [with an introduction by Alan Judd and Max Saunders]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxxvii-xxxix)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
256142
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xlvii, 220 pages
Isbn
9780679406655
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
91052977
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780679406655
  • (OCoLC)24216562

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