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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad Story, Amusingly Told, 30 April 1999
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This review is from: The Good Soldier (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
Terrific book, extremely advanced for its time, though it does show Jamesian influences. It starts out: "This is the saddest story I've ever heard." Quite loosely written, with an ingenuously lazy wit, and it's a very complex story about two couples, ironically narrated by an American man, who is a splendid combination of naive and penetrating psychological insights, who is trying to document and piece together the steps leading to the suicide of Edward, his English friend, who in spite of the fact that he was an excellent fellow he was unable to keep his hands off whatever women came his way, and fall madly in love with the least appropriate damsels. I suspect the English fellow is a self-portrait, for the narrator is very gauche, and innocent, and not at all like Ford.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2012, 17:49:16 BST
not Bridget says:
Nope, no self portraits of FMF in this book! He may have used some of his experiences. For example, he spent much time in various German health resorts (not the elegant spa featured in this book) as a young man. And his love-life was quite busy--but he favored quasi-marital arrangements rather than secret affairs.

But the "good soldier" is a very different sort of fellow than Ford....
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