Saturday 20th October 2018

The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford


Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I am 70 years old. I began to read Ernest Hemingway’s fiction, when I was about 10 years old. By the time I was 15, I had already read everything he wrote, except for the Old Man and the Sea, which I read a few years later. I got a lot of enjoyment out of Hemingway.  I recommend Hemingway to anyone who likes to read good literary fiction. The only negative, I will mention about Hemingway, is that he was brutally unfair to his contemporary fellow writers.  The word “catty” comes to mind. He was quick to take cheap shots at other writers, several of whom been very generous toward him in getting his career launched. Because of Hemingway’s disparagement of these other writers, I was slow to getting around to reading some of their work.

The example I am thinking of today is Ford Maddox Ford. Ford Maddox Ford was an established writer and editor when Hemingway first went to Europe to be a full time fiction writer. Ford was hugely helpful to Hemingway in many ways including helping him get work published and getting him a job as an editor on a literary review magazine Ford Published. Hemingway later, once he was famous, repaid Ford by writing horrible insulting things about him and making Ford a laughing stock among the Paris art and literature community.

Because, I took to heart the disparagement, that Hemingway heaped on Ford Maddox Ford, I had never until recently read any thing by Ford. But just last week, I read a novel called THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Maddox Ford.  The Good Soldier is not about soldiers, but rather about human passions, emotions and mental gymnastics.  A Hell of a work of fiction, and one of the best novels I have ever read. But, thanks to Hemingway, and his catty sniping at Ford Maddox Ford, I almost never read it. I really recommend the novel The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford.

Here’s a bio of Ford Maddox Ford 

Here’s a Bio of Ernest Hemingway 


Posted by Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

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