I have enjoyed it a great deal - proper grown up TV for people with an attention span longer than that of a gnat for once !
Which is no doubt why it is on BBC2 on a Friday rather than BBC1 on a Sunday . The effluent against which it comes up against on BBC1 beggars belief . Mrs Brown's Boys ought to bring shame to anyone with an Irish passport .
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Still, the journey of a thousand miles etc ...
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Ford said in the preface that he thought it was the his best novel - but that was before the Tietjens tetralogy. Retrospectively, Walter Allen in The English Novel wrote: "Judged as a technical feat alone The Good Soldier is dazzling, as near perfection as a novel can be. It is amazingly subtle, this account, by one of them, of the lives of four people who appear to have lived in harmony and friendship for more than ten years .."
Ford reported that one of his friends had commented to him: "It is the finest French novel in the English language!" It has his preferred title as sub-title: The Saddest Story Ever Told, but TGS was substituted because in the middle of a war the original title would 'render the book unsaleable', according to his publisher. Which might have been one of the few good outcomes of WWI.
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