Using pre-First World War Europe as its stage, The Good Soldier is the unforgettable story of Edward Ashburnham, his wife Leonora, and their friends, John and Florence Dowell. The eponymous Good Soldier, Edward embodies upper-class English values but behind closed doors carries on a long-running affair with Florence. When Florence’s husband, John, discovers the affair, he sets in motion a series of events both tragic and unavoidable.
Drawing on events from his own life, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier resonates with themes of love and betrayal that are as relevant in modern times as they were when the novel was published in 1915. The Good Soldier is ranked on Modern Library’s 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, and has been adapted for television and radio.
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