An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient 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 in addition of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The long island 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 choice to come 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 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 personal dramas of a new release upswept by way of the winds of warfare. 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 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. through turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized through violence, probability, and the irrepressible human means for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us reviews 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 stream easily out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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The historical moment of the Whigs had passed, and the Democrats were in their traditional 'disarray', when, in 1850, the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska were opened up for pan-American settlement; hostility to the extension of slavery saw the formation of a new and exclusively northern party, the Republicans. Ten years later, after much massaging at the convention in Chicago (exhaustively documented in these pages), Lincoln, 'The Railsplitter', the green and gawky populist, abruptly became the Republican nominee.

That's what white stands for. Bly takes the tale, in any event, as an allegory of male maturation. Iron John, the Wild Man, smothered in his ginger hair, is the 'deep male', the embodiment and awakener of, variously, 'Zeus energy', 'divine energy', 'hurricane energy', 'masculine grandeur' and 'sun-like integrity', brandishing 'the Varja sword' of sexuality, courage and resolve, and championing 'the moist, the swampish, the wild, the untamed'. Iron John is hard to find and awkward to contain and dangerous to release; but his mentorship brings huge rewards (all his treasure).

As the gun is fired he is lifted off his feet and jerked through the air, smashing back-first into the wall in a nebula of blood. Soon after the film appeared, I happened to meet its director, Peter Yates, and when I asked him about this scene he took me through the mechanics of it - the blood pouch, the steel wires. In the old days, an actor who stopped a bullet would merely crush a ketchup sachet to the supposed entry-wound and look indignant. If he was a bad guy, he would roll to the floor and decorously close his eyes.

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