The Grim Soldier

27 01 2007

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Good Soldier

4 star

An outstanding book but really not terribly uplifting – may not be quite “the saddest story” ever but it’s up there with the grimmest of them. Having said that, it is brilliantly written and has a real lightness of touch throughout despite the content.

Reluctant to give too much away but the interaction between the two central couples – the narrator and Florence and Edward and Leonora – and the relationships which crumble among and around them over the course of the book are subtly and compellingly recounted.

Well worth a go (although suspect have come to this rather late and everyone else has been there first) but not the cheeriest of tales so pick your time.




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