Monday, June 16, 2008

Books: The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

We recently read Ford Maddox Ford's classic novel, The Good Soldier. This book is one of the first to use the flashback style of narration in which chronology is convoluted, and the reader needs to pay close attention to tweeze out the plot. This book was a bit sad, a bit confusing, a bit depressing, a bit funny, and a bit annoying.

The book follows the lives of two couples; John and Florence Dowell, and Edward and Leonara Ashburnham. Throughout the novel, the couples dissolve due to jealousy, infidelity, and miscommunication.

Quick vote: This book was fun to read because of the confusing literary style, but also frustrating to read because it was so melodramatic! We give it a C+.

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