'This is the saddest story I have ever heard.'
Wealthy American John Dowell describes in a disarmingly casual, compellingly intimate manner how he and his wife Florence meet an English couple in a German spa resort. They become friends over the years and gradually the history of their relationships and the passions that lie behind the orderly Edwardian façade are unveiled. Dowell is the archetypal 'unreliable narrator', and his casual revelations are both unexpected and explosive.
A masterpiece of early Modernism and a virtuoso performance of literary skill, Ford's 'Tale of Passion' reflects contemporary interests in psychology, sexuality, and the New Woman. Its portrayal of the destruction of a civilized elite anticipates the cataclysm of the First World War, which erupted while Ford was finishing the book. This new edition includes Ford's important essay 'On Impressionism', which sheds valuable light on his artistic technique.
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A masterpiece of early Modernism, The Good Soldier tells the story of the unfolding relationships between two couples in the words of an archetypal 'unreliable narrator'. Its portrayal of the destruction of a civilized elite is a work of unforgettable power and literary skill, here accompanied by Ford's important essay 'On Impressionism'.
Biografie (Ford Madox Ford)
Ford Madox Ford wurde 1873 in Merton in Surrey geboren. Bis 1910 führte er eine ebenso glänzende wie schillernde Existenz im Kreis der Londoner Intelligenz. Er war mit Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wellls und Ezra Pound befreundet. Vor allem aber arbeitete er eng mit Joseph Conrad zusammen, mit dem er mehrere Bücher verfasste. Nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg zog er nach Paris, wo er die Transatlantic Review gründete. Halbvergessen und von Geldsorgen geplagt, schlug er sich als Vortragsreisender in Amerika durch. 1939 ist er in Deauville gestorben.