An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
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"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 desires of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her determination 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 historical past 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 way of the winds of struggle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up palms on behalf of serious Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to protect 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 millions 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 through violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human potential for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us stories of individuals stuck within the aspect 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 stream without difficulty out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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It is generally supposed that Nightingale had no organic disease. Though from time to time her doctors concurred that she was on the very brink of death she not only lived until the age of ninety, but continued to work indefatigably for, among other things, the reformation of the Royal Army Medical Services in England and then in India. Whatever the actual nature of her physiological condition might have been, and that she felt herself to be suffering is clear, she managed to work for her reformist aims more effectively through her status as perpetual patient than she ever did as physically active nurse and administrator.

Work always loomed ahekd of her, mountains of it, endless labor, endless toil which somehow must be struggled through" (225). All this frantic activity — urgent, momentous, unlimited in scope, incalculable in effect kept her as insulated from the common concerns of life, the dreadful pull of the mundane chores and sapped energies that she associated with the life of the idle and ornamental woman of her class, as did the invalid life in which she immured herself. It is commonly conceded that she became ill in order to work, but there is something to be said for the notion that both the interminable work and the ever-present threat of terminal illness were expressive of a supervening desire for absolute control over the disposition of her own time and body.

The pupils of a mechanics' 42 The sickroom in Victorian fiction institute, "of which he was the patron" (Prologue 6) conduct " strange experiments " on the grounds " so that sport / Went hand in hand with Science" (Prologue: 79, 80). The house and grounds present a graceful and harmonious combination of past eras and styles, and the objects on display there reach back to the "first bones of Time" (Prologue: 15) and extend to the rich spoils of present-day imperialism. The only dissonant note in this otherwise happy medley of diverse people and objects is the indignant protest voiced by Lilia, the daughter of the house, against her brother's assertion that no women of courage and nobility exist in the present era.

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