The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

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What a fool that Dowell!

rise, Friday, 4 December 2009 11:49 (ten years ago) link

this is an ace book (I hope I used that britishism correctly)

囧 (dyao), Friday, 4 December 2009 13:47 (ten years ago) link

You mean that there is another upside down book at the back?

O-mar Gaya (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 December 2009 14:53 (ten years ago) link

I couldn't finish Parade's End this summer, alas.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 December 2009 14:54 (ten years ago) link

i started parade's end, then lost my copy, then found it again and couldn't bring myself to continue. i lost my get up and go for it.

scott seward, Friday, 4 December 2009 16:55 (ten years ago) link

yeah this book rules. Parade's End is currently lying around my room, I got distracted somewhere in the middle of the third book.

clotpoll, Friday, 4 December 2009 17:59 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

I'm almost finished with Some...Do Not!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:49 (three weeks ago) link

Read those books a few years ago and loved them. I keep meaning to dig into ford, he seems an interesting figure ito making things happen but his big books are just a little out of step with what was going on in literary modernism at the time which I guess is why he’s unfashionable? He wrote a shitload tho, I def want to check out some of the lesser known stuff

Rishi don’t lose my voucher (wins), Saturday, 25 July 2020 21:03 (three weeks ago) link

I read (and did not particularly enjoy) the Coetzee book in which the protagonist is trying to write a thesis about Ford’s lesser-known works and finds them all pretty much worthless.

JoeStork, Sunday, 26 July 2020 00:38 (two weeks ago) link

I remember loving the The Good Soldier, if only because the narrator uses as many commas as I am wont to do.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:27 (two weeks ago) link

I loved the Good Soldier and boy do I seriously intend to someday read all of Parade's End. How was Some... Do Not, Alfred?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:51 (two weeks ago) link

I read something he wrote about moving way out to the sticks, and gradually becoming aware of layers of coded imagery in folk songs, guarded-to-mysterious allusions, and it occurred to him that these people had been invaded many times, by foreign and domestic forces. Also, his local grocer told Ford that he had all of Hardy's novels; they were the only thing that kept him going.

dow, Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:53 (two weeks ago) link

I think I know that book, Dow, what's it called?

the pinefox, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:50 (two weeks ago) link

. How was Some... Do Not, Alfred?

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, July 25, 2020 9:51 PM

I needed the novel to settle in my mind. The foreshortened chronology forces readers to work like prime James even though Ford's a superficially brisker stylist.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 10:20 (two weeks ago) link

xpost Maybe this one? The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land, Alston Rivers, 1906. Although I thought it was later than that--=Ford Madox Ford Society mentions recuperating in the Sussex countryside after the war, for instance.

dow, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

Yes I do think it was after the war that he was gardening in Sussex. But in his bibliography I can't now see reference to the relevant book. Unless it's IT WAS THE NIGHTINGALE?

the pinefox, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 08:43 (two weeks ago) link


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