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  The Good Soldier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Good Soldier is a 1915 novel by English novelist and editor Ford Madox Ford.
The Good Soldier is narrated by the character John Dowell, one half of one of the two couples whose dissolving relationships form the core of the novel.
Dowell tells the stories of those dissolutions, as well as the deaths of three characters and the madness of a fourth, in a rambling, non-chronological fashion that still leaves gaps for the reader to fill.
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 The good soldier schweigt - Haaretz - Israel News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Mater - who interviewed Turkish soldiers who were at the front during the conflict with the Kurds in 1984-1989 - did not at all expect to be accepted with warmth, but she discovered that the Turkish soldiers wanted to tell the real story of the war.
The soldiers are witness to immoral, cruel things, but it is difficult to make use of their testimony in the legal context, complained another conference speaker, attorney Yossi Wolfson of the HaMoked Center for the Defense of the Individual (an organization that grants legal aid and deals with defense of Palestinian rights).
Menuchin attributed the blurring of soldiers' moral sense to the concept of the "good soldier." This term is taken from a soldier's testimony about an order to break an Arab's arms and legs, during which he kept saying that he was a good soldier so he carried out the order.
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 The Good Soldier -- Chapter 13   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
And when I say that he borrowed a good deal of money from Edward I do not mean to say that he had more than a thousand pounds from him during the five years that the connection lasted.
I believe that was very good for her health and it was also very inexpensive.
He was never a man of the deeds of heroism sort and it was just as good for him to be sniped at up in the hills of the North Western frontier, as to be shot at by an old gentleman in a tophat at the bottom of some spruit.
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 ToxicUniverse.com - Ford, Madox Ford - 1915 - The Good Soldier Books Review
If The Good Soldier were told in the third person, its narrator, John Dowell, would be a supporting character filled to the brim with pathos, a man who sees nothing until it is too late.
Edward is the good soldier of the title, a dashing sentimentalist with a pathologically wandering eye.
All the characters in The Good Soldier are eventually disabused of their ideals, from the good soldier himself on downwards.
www.culturedose.net /review.php?rid=10005330   (1118 words)

 The Good Soldier   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
All three were good soldiers and well respected in their units.
The original six soldiers returned and repeating their perfect drill, just as slowly marched the casket back up to the hearse.Once more with great discipline placed it gently back into the hearse for the short drive up to the field reserved for heros.
As dedicated a soldier as he was, he still would tell the truth from his standpoint.
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 The Good Soldier: John Kerry, the Good Soldier, Continues His Fight for Morality in the Military
The American idea of a "good" soldier, created by the military and fully absorbed by most civilians, is a wholly obedient soldier.
By contrast, an actual good soldier, one with a conscience who fights for the safety and freedom of all people, needs to believe certain things.
Kerry believed, as my friend does, that morality is an essential part of being a good soldier, and morality trumps the idea of loyalty and obedience by way of silence.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0213-10.htm   (1386 words)

 The Good Soldier Švejk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Good Soldier Švejk is an unfinished satirical novel by Jaroslav Hašek.
The Good Soldier Švejk (spelled Schweik or Schwejk in many translations, and pronounced [ˈʃvɛjk] or "shvake" in plain English transcription) is the shortened title of the world-famous unfinished novel written by Czech humorist Jaroslav Hašek in 1921-22.
A number of literary critics consider The Good Soldier Švejk to be one of the first anti-war novels, having predated nearly every other anti-war novel of note, at a time when such writings were not "in".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Good_Soldier_Svejk   (1202 words)

 Jane Smiley on Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier | Review | Guardian Unlimited Books
Continuing her series on the novel, Jane Smiley discusses Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, thought by many to be one of the few stylistically perfect works in any language
After the outbreak of the first world war and his departure for the front, his editor changed the title to The Good Soldier, which Ford did not care for.
The Good Soldier subtly cues the reader to the larger social dimension of Ford's subject.
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 On Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Introductions to the best known Czech novel, The Good Soldier Švejk, typically begin with a tribute to the life of its author, Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923), not least of all because that life was so extraordinarily dissolute, adventurous, amusing, and sad.
The Good Soldier Švejk is in many ways a very traditional work, written as picaresque novel, a story which tells the adventures of (usually) a low-born rogue (picaro is the Spanish for rascal) who uses his native wit to survive a series of adventures.
Such an emphasis, it should be clear, is not seeking to reduce life to some scatological lowest common denominator but rather to insist that life is essentially a shared physical experience which transcends rank, nationality, religion, and any dogmatic attempt to impose artificial differences on people with arbitrary classifications (the essence of bureaucratic thinking).
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 The Good Soldier -- Chapter 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
We had known the Ashburnhams for nine seasons of the town of Nauheim with an extreme intimacy--or, rather with an acquaintanceship as loose and easy and yet as close as a good glove's with your hand.
They were descended, as you will probably expect, from the Ashburnham who accompanied Charles I to the scaffold, and, as you must also expect with this class of English people, you would never have noticed it.
And yet, only this afternoon, talking over the whole matter she said to me: "Once I tried to have a lover but I was so sick at the heart, so utterly worn out that I had to send him away." That struck me as the most amazing thing I had ever heard.
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 The Good Soldier, by Ford Madox Ford, 1915
The given proposition was, that we were all "good people." We took for granted that we all liked beef underdone but not too underdone; that both men preferred a good liqueur brandy after lunch; that both women drank a very light Rhine wine qualified with Fachingen water--that sort of thing.
And, since these dinners were rather expensive (you had to take the Grand Duke and a good many of his suite and any members of the diplomatic bodies that might be there)--Florence and Leonora, putting their heads together, didn't see why we shouldn't give the Grand Duke his dinner together.
She determined at once, not so much to give Florence the privilege of her intimacy--which would have been the payment of a kind of flmail--as to keep Florence under observation until she could have demonstrated to Florence that she was not in the least jealous of poor Maisie.
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 John Powers | The Good Soldier
Even as our faceless soldiers were being blown up in Iraq, you heard Tillman called “the ultimate hero” for giving up a million-dollar-a-year NFL career and going off to become a soldier for just 18 grand.
Hiding away dead soldiers is business as usual for this White House, which holds fast to Tartuffe’s dictum that to sin in secret is no sin at all.
Of course, a truly good soldier doesn’t do as he’s ordered, then cover his ass by whispering to the media — off the record, of course — that he questioned the policy but lacked “influence.” That’s the sort of thing Powell has been doing for years.
www.sorewinners.com /columns/04-04-30.html   (1538 words)

 The Good Soldier   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
For me, one of the most remarkable technical features of "The Good Soldier" is the manner in which the narrator seamlessly changes his point of view to that of each of the characters.
When the author (through the narrator) declares that he will change perspective, this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, as he does this from the beginning of the novel.
For a comedy or tragedy of manners, Jane Austen is still my number one, but "The Good Soldier" offers much thought-provoking dialogue, and gives a very effective glimpse into the secret lives of people, juxtaposed with their public images.
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 Jaroslav Hašek; Jaroslav Hasek
He was a volunteer in the Austrian 91st Regiment on the Galician front in 1915, and depicted in The Good Soldier Schweik some of his superiors from those days with their real names.
All of this was carnivalistic material for Hašek's four-volume major work, The Good Soldier Schweik, that has been acclaimed as one of the greatest satires in world literature.
Michael John Nimchuc, a Canadian dramatist, based the play The Good Soldier Schweik on Hasek's novel - the work was probably inspired by the short-lived Prague Spring of 1968.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /hasek.htm   (1117 words)

 ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre | The Archive | The Good Soldier
'The Good Soldier' is the story of two couples--one English, one American--who meet yearly in the German spa town of Bad Nauheim.
The even and civilized pattern of their lives--their friendship and their codes of honor--is broken savagely under the impact of a series of revelations, to show the effect of passion and infidelity on the lives of a widening circle of people.
He was born in 1873 and published his first work at the age of eighteen and from then on he was a writing manic--everything from fairy tales, novels, essays, biographies, poetry, to travel--and he was also not a good magazine editor, but a great one.
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 Amazon.com: The Good Soldier (Norton Critical Editions): Books: Ford Madox Ford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Set at the beginning of the twentieth century, Ford Madox Ford's novel "The Good Soldier" is the story of two married couples Edward and Leonora Ashburnham and John and Florence Dowell.
Edward, "The Good Soldier" is a former British Army officer.
The Good Soldier is a book not of our time, perhaps in that it requires you to read it discerningly, and in so reading it yields the wisdom to be gained, as well as the pleasure of the reading experience.
www.amazon.com /Good-Soldier-Norton-Critical-Editions/dp/0393966348   (2347 words)

 A Good Soldier > The Good News : July/August 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He knew the training of the English soldiers was best adapted to the battlefields of Europe and not the woods of North America.
Washington proved himself to be a good soldier: loyal and resolute in difficult as well as good times.
That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit [which] dwells in us" (2 Timothy 1:6-14).
www.gnmagazine.org /issues/gn23/soldier.htm   (1678 words)

 On The Media- The Good Soldier
The man seems almost too good to be true, but we want him to be true.
THOMAS FRIEDMAN: He was clearly the good soldier who marched in the direction that his leader ordered.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: The public knew about the good soldier's private torment because of a steady stream of press leaks resulting in scores of newspaper accounts with unnamed sources attesting to Powell's lonely struggle for multilateralism.
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 Amazon.co.uk: The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War (Penguin Modern Classics): Books: Jaroslav ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Hasek's most important work was centered around the deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army -- dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I (where he is captured by his own troops).
after very few pages of 'the good soldier...' i realised that 'svejk' is the model for obergefreiter josef porta in the sven hassel novels.
Svejk was one of those soldiers, and he was a) unwilling and b) not very good at it.
www.amazon.co.uk /Soldier-Fortunes-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0141184280   (1782 words)

 On Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.csres.utexas.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This point is obvious enough in the ridiculous details of army directives, the mockery of the systems of classification, the artificial, strained rhetoric of heroism used by the newspapers and army dispatches to “glorify” the enterprise and justify the deaths, and so on—all standard fare in any satire of warfare.
This aspect of official narratives is satirized throughout the book, especially in the newspaper reports of heroic valour and, above all, in the figure of the volunteer soldier Marek, who has been assigned the official role of battalion historian.
The excrement of soldiers of all nationalities and of confessions lay side by side or heaped on top of one another without quarrelling among themselves.
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 The Good Soldier
He’d wanted to reach out to her, but he was too weak to break out of the restraints they kept him in.
Before the surprised guard detail could act, he snapped the neck of the one closest to him and yanked the assault rifle out of his hands, and opened fire on the remaining soldiers.
Pulling his knees up to his chest, he folded his arms and rested his buzz-cut head on them, closed his eyes, and slept; dreaming of the life he knew Manticore would never let him have.
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 The good soldier Bout
Victor himself said he had good contacts in Somaliland and travelled there often, but he did not tell when and why: he was always sparse with concrete details.
Bouts good friend in Ostend, the 20'er Olivier Piret, whom he had met in his contacts with pilots, was the son of a fellow-doctor of Moreels.
Bout and his soldiers acquire with their logistical- and militaryu means a lot of power in large areas of Africa.
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 SparkNotes: The Good Soldier: Character List
Captain Edward Ashburnham - Dowell describes Edward Ashburnham as "the cleanest looking sort of chap," "an excellent magistrate, a first-rate soldier, and one of the best landlords." He appears to be exactly the sort of man one could trust with his wife.
He is generous with those who live on his land and even jumps overboard from a ship to save a drowning man. But Edward is not practical; he is a poor manager of money and easily led by instincts of lust and passion.
Though the narrator deeply sympathizes with Edward's "good intentions," such an assessment of him is questionable.
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 The good soldier | Comment | The Observer
The first told her interviewer that 'the difference then is that we believed what we were doing', and would do it again.
Watching Newsnight on Friday night I was particularly struck by an interview with Dominique Moisi, deputy director of the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, and something of a bell-wether for informed opinion in France.
Moisi volunteered his view that 'the American soldiers of 1944 are not the soldiers of 2004'.
observer.guardian.co.uk /comment/story/0,6903,1232377,00.html   (1245 words)

 TomPaine.com - Hayden: The Good Soldier
Key contracts for technology related to the domestic surveillance programs—a simple terrorist phone-intercept effort was soon supplemented by a massive databank of every call made in the United States that the NSA could find out about—were signed only weeks before Hayden’s 9/11 testimony.
Michael Hayden was a good soldier and marshalled his troops and resources to carry out Bush’s orders.
He was rewarded with a fourth star and the post of Deputy Director of National Intelligence when Bush reformed the intelligence community to establish its present structure.
www.tompaine.com /articles/2006/05/19/hayden_the_good_soldier.php   (895 words)

 No. 1339: The Good Soldier Svejk
Švejk is a totally cooperative soldier -- filled with aggressive enthusiasm.
When soldiers fail to do so, the result may be simple confusion; it may be a major atrocity.
Hašek, J., The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War (tr.
www.uh.edu /engines/epi1339.htm   (597 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Too much the good soldier
He was the Walter Cronkite of politics, was so popular and so trusted across party lines that his job approval ratings as secretary of state were between 80 and 90 percent.
He could have been the last line of defense against a madness that has now killed hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq.
Powell instead crawled down into the UN to spin a credible illusion, ensnaring himself in the deadly lie.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/11/17/too_much_the_good_soldier   (637 words)

 The New York Review of Books: The Good Soldier
In other words, Updike insists that Ahmad is driven not by furious ideology but by innocence, conformity to the Straight Path, natural good manners, and the habit of obedience to his teacher.
He is the unquestioning, dutiful soldier, ready to kill on order: his not to make reply, his not to reason why, his but to do and die.
If that was good enough for the hapless cannon fodder of Tennyson's Light Brigade, why shouldn't it work for a humble Pfc.
www.nybooks.com /articles/19132   (3198 words)

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