Posted in September 2013

Ford Madox Ford’s Tricksy Soldier

Ford Madox Ford begins The Good Soldier with this: “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.” But what follows this simultaneously maudlin and cheeky opening gambit is not a story the narrator has heard, but one he claims to have lived. Is he kidding? I mean, you don’t hear your own story as, … Continue reading

The absence of myth: Miri Yu’s Gold Rush

If you were to ask me whether or not I think Miri Yu’s Gold Rush (trans. Stephen Snyder) is a good book, I would sidestep that question. I would tell you that the story–of a 14-year-old Japanese boy who murders his father–is essentially compelling. I would tell you that Yu’s evocation of a child adrift … Continue reading