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By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient novel at its best."
The manhattan instances e-book Review

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 long island 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 back 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 historical past of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which nobody has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly conjures up the personal dramas of a iteration upswept via the winds of struggle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up fingers on behalf of significant Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to shield 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 means of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized via violence, probability, and the irrepressible human ability for love.

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

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

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"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream conflict fulfills the ambition of the old novel at its top. "
—The long island instances e-book Review

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 recent York Times

1914. In a lodge 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 back 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 historical past of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which nobody has ever seen.

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This Angel, who is now become a Devil, is my particular friend; we often read the Bible together in its infernal or diabolical sense which the world shall have if they behave well. I have also: The Bible of Hell: which the world shall have whether they will or no. 42 One Law for the Lion & Ox is Oppression. A SONG OF LIBERTY [Plates 25–27] 1. The Eternal Female groan’d! it was heard over all the Earth: 2. Albions coast is sick silent; the American meadows faint! 3. Shadows of Prophecy shiver along by the lakes and the rivers and mutter across the ocean.

If others had not been foolish, we should be so. The soul of sweet delight, can never be defil’d. When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius, lift up thy head! As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. To create a little flower is the labour of ages. Damn, braces: Bless relaxes. The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest. Prayers plow not! Praises reap not! Joys laugh not! Sorrows weep not! PROVERBS OF HELL [Plate 10] 30 The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands & feet Proportion.

If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning. Improve[me]nt makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires. Where man is not nature is barren. Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ’d. Enough! or Too much. [Plate 11] The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with 31 the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could percieve.

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