By William Boyd
"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient novel at its best."
—The long island occasions ebook Review
Booker Prize Finalist
"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 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 back to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a remote 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 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 struggle. 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 shield British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his higher judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the realm fit wits and guns on a continent millions 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, likelihood, and the irrepressible human potential for love.
"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively instructed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us reports 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 stream without problems out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday
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