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By William Boyd

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

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 in addition 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 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 personal dramas of a new release 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 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 via violence, probability, and the irrepressible human ability for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively instructed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd provides us experiences 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 during which tale and characters move easily out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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The sensible woman ironically has more comfort from delusive hope—as long as Edward is not actually married. The work of trying to make sense of the world, of trying to understand, to comprehend, to know—and to accept the fruits of this knowing—is'a very hard work in Sense and Sensibility. 26 The characters are all detectives trying to put together this piece and that piece of information, and required also to set a value on the information. Henry Tilney, in Nonhanger Abbey, spoke of a world of'voluntary spies' (NA, p.

That story eventually rises into prominence over the first, signified in Edward's abrupt loss of his position as the elder of two sons. Mrs Ferrars arbitrarily and 'naturally' takes control over 'nature' and reverses the ordering of sets, swinging them about on the pivot or hinge of her will, as John Dashwood announces: 'his mother has determined, with a very natural kind of spirit, to settle that estate upon Robert immediately, which might have been Edward's . . Can any thing be more galling to the spirit of a man .

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