By William Boyd
"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
—The ny occasions booklet 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 in addition of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times
1914. In a inn room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith goals of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her selection 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 nobody 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 battle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up palms on behalf of significant Britain. And while 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 by way of violence, probability, and the irrepressible human capability for love.
"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd supplies 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 within which tale and characters move without difficulty out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday
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83 Information about Balla’s first contact with theosophy comes from Balla’s daughter Elica: “In 1916 Balla is also interested in psychic phenomena and attends the meetings of a society of theosophists presided over by General Ballatore; they hold, in said society, séances. ] he outlines some sketches on this subject and then a larger painting, aptly titled Trasformazione forme spiriti” (fig. 84 Flavia Matitti has reconstructed the history of the circle around Generale Ballatore, the “Gruppo Teosofico Roma,” and Balla’s relationship with that circle.
28 It is, furthermore: 6. Pure organism of radiophonic sensations 7. An art without time or space without yesterday or tomorrow [. ] The reception and amplification, through thermionic valves, of light and of the voices of the past will destroy time [. ] 9. 29 In these passages points of contact with panpsychism are evident. The idea that everything is vibration is an eminently occultist one, as it implies that all phenomena occurring in the world are in some way secretly linked. Once the corpuscular theory of light, inspired by Democritus and upheld by Newton, was put aside in favor of the theory of waves traveling through ether, which lasted until Einstein, it was as if the scientific community implicitly validated the long esoteric tradition that had always included a belief in the correlation between light and sound.
And with this the artist feels himself in everything. By creating he does not look, does not observe, does not measure; he feels and the sensations that envelop him dictates him the lines and colors that will arouse the emotions that caused him to act. 75 The merging of these two tendencies into a sort of metaphysical rationality would constitute, toward the end of the nineteenth century, one of the aims of theosophy. 76 In the light of this convergence of ends, it is no surprise that Balla, literally obsessed with vibrations, was involved with theosophy for many years, and that an understanding of his relations with it are crucial to reconstructing his artistic journey.