An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

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"Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best."
--The New York Times Book Review

Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel. . . . He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion."  --Michiko Kakutani, The New York ...

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Overview

"Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best."
--The New York Times Book Review

Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel. . . . He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion."  --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

1914. In a hotel room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith dreams of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her decision to return to the Dark Continent--and to her husband. On a faraway English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And in the background of the world's daily chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German conflict, the likes of which no one has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. After his German neighbor burns his crops--with an apology and a smile--Walter Smith takes up arms on behalf of Great Britain. And when Felix's brother marches off to defend British East Africa, he pursues, against his better judgment, a forbidden love affair. As the sons of the world match wits and weapons on a continent thousands of miles from home, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of friends and family. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.

"Funny, assured, and cleanly, expansively told, a seriocomic romp. Boyd gives us studies of people caught in the side pockets of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, detail and grit."  --Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose in which story and characters flow effortlessly out of a fertile imagination. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." --Newsday

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Editorial Reviews

Newsday
Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose in which story and characters flow effortlessly out of a fertile imagination.... The reader emerges deeply moved.
Harper's
Funny, assured, and cleanly, expansively told, a seriocomic romp. Boyd gives us studies of people caught in the side pockets of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, detail and grit.
Michiko Kakutani
Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel….He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion.
The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705021
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 453,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

William Boyd’s first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    A great read

    I couldn't put it down. It harks back to a very English lifestyle from the 1930's and 40's both in the heart of Kent and in the colonies which is pulled apart by the effects of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Boyd at His Best

    An Ice Cream War takes the reader to WW I colonial East Africa. Boyds characters are very human and suffer the consequences of a war started a continent away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Im not stupid enough to tell all yall who are looking at my post who my crush is i would rather you burn in he<_>ll...maybe

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    Lore's ♡

    I'M B<_>I PEEPS! Well, l dunno if l am, lol. ^~^ Probably jk. Heh.

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    Posted July 13, 2014

    §єЂ'§ CRUSH IS...

    MYSELF IDIOTS! WHO ELSE????

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    Posted July 12, 2014

    *layla's crush*

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