An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

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By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
The big apple 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 additionally of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The big apple 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 back to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far flung 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 nobody has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly inspires 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 hands on behalf of significant Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to shield 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 by means of violence, probability, and the irrepressible human skill for love.

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

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

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And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee . . ” In “A Lecture upon the Shadow,” Donne recalls to his mistress their anxious “infant loves,” when “Disguises did, and shadowes, flow / From us, and our care” (ll. 10–11). ” In a poem ascribed to Virgil by Renaissance critics, the speaker reveals the Epicurean’s emotional sacrifice when he bids farewell to his beloved, his “care of cares” [o mearum cura . . curarum], so that he can pursue Epicurean ataraxia, a life “free of care” [ab omni .

The Pyrrhonist must in some sense be satisfied that no answers are forthcoming in order for his inquiring thoughts to come to a state of rest. 43 Donne avoids this dilemma by splitting the skeptical position: on the one hand is the negative example of Phrygius, who, in quest of ataraxia, holds himself back from any religious dogma in a state of epocheˆ that is the practical equivalent of negative dogmatism; on the other hand is the position recommended by the poet, namely, continued inquiry on the grounds that thus far there is no proof of any given church’s validity.

And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee . . ” In “A Lecture upon the Shadow,” Donne recalls to his mistress their anxious “infant loves,” when “Disguises did, and shadowes, flow / From us, and our care” (ll. 10–11). ” In a poem ascribed to Virgil by Renaissance critics, the speaker reveals the Epicurean’s emotional sacrifice when he bids farewell to his beloved, his “care of cares” [o mearum cura . . curarum], so that he can pursue Epicurean ataraxia, a life “free of care” [ab omni .

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