Theory of War by Joan Brady
Theory of War by Joan Brady
Theory of War by Joan Brady
Theory of War by Joan Brady
Theory of War by Joan Brady

Theory of War by Joan Brady

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Theory of War

by Joan Brady

Andre Deutsch, 1994, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0233988106

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'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.'