An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

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

"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the brilliant 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 lodge room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith desires 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 history 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 personal dramas of a iteration upswept via the winds of battle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up hands on behalf of significant Britain. And while Felix's brother marches off to safeguard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his higher judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the realm fit wits and guns on a continent millions 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 through violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human skill for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively instructed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd provides us stories of individuals stuck within the facet wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, element and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose during which tale and characters movement easily out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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Figured as voice, print communicates to a mass readership as if speaking individually to each of its members. ’’ (On Heroes, p. 139). ’’ One does not read a true book, in Carlyle’s definition, but listens to it: ‘‘In Books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream’’ (On Heroes, p. 138). Writing becomes the reincarnation of voice. That utterance that ‘‘has altogether vanished like a dream’’ is reborn in immaterial form, as writing that is effortlessly transmittable, defying the localism of voice.

Victorian middle-class ideology held apart ‘‘violence’’ and ‘‘literacy’’ as opposing terms, implying that where the latter is absent, the former will spring into being. Speech, I would suggest, mediated between these two poles of violence and literacy. When linked with writing in a practice of rational conversation and education, working-class speech identified its speaker with the middle-class nation. Yet when such speech became the means of advocating political dissent, to middle-class observers it began to seem to migrate from writing to physical violence: to become a senseless, fragmentary production of bodies wracked by the frustration of poverty and social marginality, something like the painful speech Carlyle first feared he would articulate when taking the stage.

Taken annually – by ballot’’: regular, systematized political ‘‘sense’’ registered by the marking of votes on paper. ’’ Here he alludes to the gatherings of the Chartists, whose demand for universal enfranchisement and style of political action he evidently deplores. ’’ Should speech be located on the side of reason or disorder? Bamford’s memoir establishes a series of oppositions: between ‘‘disturbances,’’ ‘‘convulsions,’’ ‘‘bloodshed,’’ and ‘‘riots,’’ on the one hand, and reading, writing, discussion groups, rational conversation, and ‘‘systematic’’ behavior on the other.

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