An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

William Boyd


"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the old novel at its best."
--The manhattan instances ebook 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 additionally of seriousness and compassion."  --Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan 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 selection to come back 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 conjures up the non-public dramas of a new release upswept by means of the winds of conflict. After his German neighbor burns his crops--with an apology and a smile--Walter Smith takes up hands on behalf of serious Britain. And while Felix's brother marches off to protect British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his larger 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. via turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized through violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human potential for love.

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

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

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