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Ford Madox Ford's novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece.Kat Howard--intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic--catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes his fifth wife. A teenager who has grown up far from court, she is wholly unused to the corruption and intrigue that now surround her. It is a time of great upheaval, as unscrupulous courtiers maneuver for power while religious fanatics--both Protestant and Catholic--fight bitterly for their competing beliefs. Soon Katharine is drawn into a perilous showdown with Thomas Cromwell, the much-feared Lord Privy Seal, as her growing influence over the King begins to threaten too many powerful interests. Originally published in three parts (The Fifth Queen, Privy Seal, and The Fifth Queen Crowned), Ford's novel serves up both a breathtakingly visual evocation of the Tudor world and a timeless portrayal of the insidious operations of power and fear in any era.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Justo antes de que caiga la era eduardiana, en los albores de la I Guerra Mundial, toma lugar esta historia de traición, romance y el horror de las trincheras. En el centro de la narración está la escandalosa separación de Christopher Tietjens, un clásico caballero inglés, conservador y convencional, e impecable súbdito de la corona inglesa, y su esposa Sylvia, una mujer bella, arrogante, contestataria y símbolo de los nuevos tiempos. Christopher ve cómo su matrimonio se desborona mientras Europa es consumida por la tragedia.
Leonora and Edward Ashburnham were "good people" from England, as John Dowell, the narrator of this tale, explains: and Dowell and his wife, Florence -- leisured Americans of solid stock -- were, like their English friends, a "model couple."For a dozen years, the foursome cultivated and maintained a friendship reinforced with yearly meetings at a fashionable German health resort, which Dowell visited with his "ailing" wife and the Asburnhams traveled to because of Edward's "heart problems." Their marriages seemed exemplary studies of permanence, stability, and tranquility. That is, until the day Dowell learned that for the previous nine years his wife had been the mistress of his friend Captain Ashburnham, the apparently honorable "good soldier."A provocative study of deception and betrayal and of convention and desire, The Good Soldier was also formally innovative. Along with Ford's Parade's End tetralogy, this powerful novel -- first published in 1915 -- has earned him a reputation as one of the major writers of the 20th century.
At the fashionable German spa town Bad Nauheim, two wealthy, fin de siecle couples -- one British, the other American -- meet for their yearly assignation. As their story moves back and forth in time between 1902 and 1914, the fragile surface propriety of the pre -- World War I society in which these four characters live is ruptured -- revealing deceit, hatred, infidelity, and betrayal. "The Good Soldier" is Edward Ashburnham, who, as an adherent to the moral code of the English upper class, is nonetheless consumed by a passion for women younger than his wife -- a stoic but fallible figure in what his American friend, John Dowell, calls "the saddest story I ever heard." From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the world of Pre-World War I Europe, love is rarely what it seems. Told in a series of flashbacks, The Good Soldier focuses on two seemingly happy couples and their friendship with one another, slowly unraveling this illusion and revealing the problems bubbling under the surface - infidelity, deception, and bitterness about throughout. Lies are slowly exposed and truths revealed, as the narrator (one of the men) slowly pieces together what the story of the last five years of his life. The novel is widely regarded as one of the best of the 20th century, and is noted for its deft use of modern literary techniques such as the unreliable narrator. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
The Good Soldier relates the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. Includes notes by Thomas C. Moser.
Ez dakit zein den zera hau hobekien idazteko modua: hobe litzatekeen historia hasieratik kontatzea, historia bat balitz bezala; edo denboraren urruntasunetik kontatzea, Leonoraren ezpainetatik edo Edwarden berarenetatik iritsiko balitzait bezala. Beraz, neure burua aste pare batez edo, landetxe bateko lurreko suaren alde batean imajinatuko dut, aurrez aurre solaskide onbera bat dudala. Eta solasean jarraituko dut, urrunean itsasoaren zurrumurrua aditzen den bitartean eta buruz gain haize beltz baten bolada bortitzak izar distiratsuak lustreatzen ari direla. Aldian behin jaiki, eta ateraino joango gara ilargi beteari begiratzera, eta esango dugu: 'Hara! Proventzan: bezain argitsua da ia-ia!'Eta ondoren lurreko suaren ondora itzuliko gara, intziri gisako bat eginez Proventzan ez gaudelako, historiarik goibelenak ere alaiak diren lurraldean.
A stark, modernist look at the realities of contemporary war. The four novels that makes up Parade's End (Some Do Not..., No More Parades, A Man Who Could Stand Up--, and Last Post) tell the story of Christopher Tietjens, a British government statistician who joins the army during the first world war. He suffers severe shell-shock, and must live through an unhappy marriage while suspicions run rampant that he has been having an affair. The novels have been referred to as classics of 20th century modernist literature, and Ford has been praised for his unwillingness to ascribe some sort of purpose or order to the violence of war. HBO, VRT, and BBC collaborated on a miniseries adaptation of the novels starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, and written by Tom Stoppard. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
This monumental novel, divided into four separate books, celebrates the end of an era, the irrevocable destruction of the comfortable, predictable society that vanished during World War I.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ford wrote with engaging frankness about himself and his contemporaries. These reminiscences are an intimate personal record of a life distinguished by literary achievements and friendships with notable writers of his time. Ford's accounts of his literary collaboration with Joseph Conrad, of Stephen Crane's last years in England, and of Henry James at home in Rye are fascinating. A most valuable, long out of print book by the author of The Good Soldier, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and Last Post.
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