Theory of War
by Joan Brady
Andre Deutsch, 1994, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0233988106
As New Condition, shelf-wear to edges of dustjacket
'This searing tale is fueled by hatred, a hatred born of thoughtless cruelties - and of cruelties carefully thought out, as well. The boy, Jonathan (the narrator's grandfather), is beaten, tethered, starved. For him life is no less than war against a brutish master and the master's jealous and brilliant son. It is a war waged largely in his mind, for Jonathan can expect no help from the nearby townsfolk; who are horrified by what goes on but unwilling to intervene. At the heart of the book is the relentless rivalry between the boys, a rivalry that lasts into adulthood and ends, inevitably, in murder. But the most powerful and lasting impression the book leaves is of the crimes visited on later generations.'