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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition, but tiny print - Norton Critical Edition, 30 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Good Soldier (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
I won't review Ford's work - I'll let its literary reputation speak for itself. I very much enjoy the Norton Critical Editions; this one has very handy footnotes explaining historical/geographical references and arcane turns of phrase. Those are more tuned to the American reader, so the British reader will find a few everyday expressions glossed. There's a fine set of critical works at the back, both temporary and from the time of original publication, that readers can dip into if they wish.

I do find fault with two issues with this edition. First, both my wife and I found the font to be tiresomely small. 'The Good Soldier' can be tough slogging at times, and having to deal with the tiny type makes it seem even more daunting. (Once I got into the novel, however, the font size didn't seem as big an issue. I am rather nearsighted, myself, so probably many if not most readers will have an issue with font size. My wife was tempted to get out a magnifying glass).

Second, the text is liberally peppered throughout with asterisks, referring the reader to textual revisions made by Ford, and discussed in a separate section at the end of the text. I had no interest in studying the development of Ford's working of his text, so I found the asterisks - sometimes several in one sentence - to be extremely distracting. I had a Pavlovian response to seek enlightenment at the bottom of the page, and it took me a while to get over this. (The footnotes are indicated with numbers).

Those two quibbles aside, however, my 'bottom line' is that this is a typically excellent Norton Critical Edition. The critical aids will enhance most readers' enjoyment and appreciation of the book.
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