The Good Soldier is a tragic tale of two couples as they unravel told by an unreliable narrator who allows us to question everything we think might be true.
As you can see from my photo, I studied this book at university and marked many pages. It was part of a module on Modernist Literature which was, by far, my favourite module. The idea of artists and writers looking back to a time before them that seemed better (even if it wasn't) certainly resonates with today's generation. Every day the news seems to test us a little more. It would be easy to leave hope behind. But then, we look at what came before. That's when the clouds clear and we see that every generation has had their struggle. Many generations have had it worse than ours. That's why I love modernist literature. It looks back and yearns for something different, but it also knows that there is nothing to be gained in that yearning. Certainly not in matters of the heart. The Good Soldier is all about matters of the heart. It shows us what it means to be too involved in them, but also the perils of standing by and observing as our narrator does.
To soothe those matters of the heart with a little honey I've chosen a Bee's Knees cocktail. You might have seen this on my Instagram a few weeks ago. It was made with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, lemon, vegan honey and the house orange bitters at Avo in Nashville. You could recreate this at home or try it with gin, the more traditional spirit used in a Bee's Knees. I read that the cocktail was created to mask the harsh taste and smell of bathtub gin back in the Prohibition Era.
To make your own, simply shake 2 parts gin/vodka with 1 part lemon juice and 1 part honey over ice and strain. Garnish with a lemon twist or a couple of drops of bitters if you want to give it a little more depth.
Have you read The Good Soldier? Let me know in the comments!