An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient novel at its best."
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Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the intense promise of [his] first novel. . . . he's able not just of a few very humorous satire but additionally of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

1914. In a resort room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith goals of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her choice to come to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far off English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the heritage of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which not anyone has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly inspires the non-public dramas of a iteration upswept by means of the winds of warfare. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up hands on behalf of serious Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to guard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his greater judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the area fit wits and guns on a continent hundreds of thousands of miles from domestic, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of family and friends. by way of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by way of violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human means for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively advised, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us reviews of individuals stuck within the aspect wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, aspect and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose within which tale and characters stream without problems out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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Why, in Bamford’s memoir, does Hunt’s speech devolve into a ‘‘curse of indignation’’ and merge with the angry noise of a mob? Answers to such questions may be sought in the contradictions inherent in Victorian attitudes toward popular education. In the first half of the nineteenth century, mass literacy was understood both as a means of instilling middle-class values in the working class and of handing the discontented members of that class a means of resistance. Historians agree that literacy rates in England began to rise sharply at the end of the eighteenth century and continued to do so through the nineteenth century, long before the Education Act of 1870 mandated popular education.

Bronte¨ defies this convention by suggesting how female authors are ultimately short-changed by the assumption that contemporary writing derives from the historically obsolete speech of folk ballads, governesses’ tales, and mothers’ voices. Both Jane Eyre and Villette offer testimony to the effect that women can only attain professional success by turning away from speech to a new form of writing that simulates withheld, denied, or unuttered speech. Of all the authors I examine in this book, Bronte¨ is perhaps the most shrewdly aware of the mythological status of the storyteller.

205) Dickens hauls Stephen out of the grave alive simply in order that his death may save the community. As the rope that draws Stephen to the surface reveals ‘‘the figure of a poor, crushed, human creature,’’ Mythologies of the storyteller 27 A low murmur of pity went round the throng, and the women wept aloud, as this form, almost without form, was moved very slowly from its iron deliverance, and laid upon the bed of straw. At first, none but the surgeon went close to it. He did what he could in its adjustment on the couch, but the best that he could do was to cover it.

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