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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ford Madox Ford Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Good Soldier is a story about the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples—one English, one American—and the growing awareness of American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian façade. It is Dowell’s attitude—his puzzlement, uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration—that makes the book so powerful and mysterious. In Ford’s brilliantly woven tale, nothing is quite what it seems.

Despite its catalog of death, insanity, and despair, this novel has many comic moments and has inspired the work of several distinguished writers, including Graham Greene. Originally published in 1915, The Good Soldier is considered by many to be Ford Madox Ford’s masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the finest novels of our century.”

    Graham Greene

  • The Good Soldier, often regarded as his best work, reflects Ford’s ambivalent fascination with the phenomenon of the English gentleman. The conclusion is anticipated in the well-known opening line: ‘This is the saddest story I have ever heard.’”

    New York Times

  • “This is the most intriguing, shocking, and original book I have ever read…The Good Soldier is the only book I have ever read and wanted to read again immediately.”

    Times (London)

  • “Almost a perfect novel.”

    Guardian (Manchester)

  • “Beautifully written, a wonderful novel.”

    Western Daily Press (Bristol)

  • A Wall Street Journal Pick for 5 Best Novels of Despair

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by ExtremeBibliophile | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book in college and I thought it was absolutely the most hilarious farcical novel I'd yet read! I don't know why this isn't made required reading (if such a thing even exists anymore!) in high schools and colleges. Ford has a tremendous gift here for portraying the lives of bored rich people and their intersecting lives. Edith Wharton gets all the glory for her writings about the upper classes and their foibles, but Ford exceeds her in dry wit and setting the atmosphere around the main couples. I highly highly recommend this book and think Ford is unjustifiably overlooked and underrated as an author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter Landau | 2/12/2014

    " Took a bit for me to get my sea legs, then it was rough, blindsided by waves, and ultimately made it to shore. Will likely take another dip. Oh, wait, I'm talking about a vacation to the beach... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 2/9/2014

    " almost gothic in its melodrama, though not maudlin (for the most part). enjoyed the discontinuous storytelling, the obtuse narrator, but the subject was too grown-up and upper-crusty for my taste. marvelous, quick-witted prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margot Jennifer | 1/30/2014

    " Really good book but terribly sad story. No one wins. Marriages fail. People betray themselves and others. Some just sit and let it all happen. Sad. Sad. Sad. "

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