An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

by William Boyd

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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: 681,887
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Ice-Cream War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
arubabookwoman on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This novel is the story of war as it was fought in British East Africa and German East Africa during World War I. There is a wide range of well-developed characters, including German and British farmers who had been close and friendly neighbors before the war.Boyd is a very good writer and story-teller. The pacing is excellent, as he moves seamlessly among the various characters and settings, and the book was a Booker Prize finalist. I'm not sure the novel adds anything new about the horrors of war, but it does show the conflict in a place we don't often think about. It also shows how overconfident the British were when they spoke of this as an "ice cream war," by which I suppose they meant it would be a piece of cake to destroy the Germans in East Africa.The New York Times review states that the book "fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best." I agree that we learn some history, but I read this primarily as a character-driven novel. Recommended.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing 29 days ago
An entertaining and occasionally laugh out loud account of warfare in East Africa during WWI. As with many of William Boyd's books, the reader has to pick the plot out from the very dense background detail and though the writing is of a consistently high standard, it can be difficult at times. It certainly took me a while to get into this novel - but once the 'egregious' Cobb family made their appearance, the entertainment level certainly moved up a notch or two.Events alternate between the farcical and the gruesome. Some quite horrific events interspersed with episodes of military incompetence - at one point a ship full of troops is unsure whether it is supposed to land at Beach A, Beach B or Beach C. Rather like conducting a war in a branch of Argos. There is an impressive sense of the ridiculous - two sides in a conflict unable to quite understand what they are fighting over, and struggling to muster sufficient enmity to make it convincing. And the sergeant who spoke entirely in Celtic dialect was fab.What fascinated me in particular about this book was the character Felix - an 'odious little prig' according to his sister-in-law. An accurate description, and yet I rather liked him by the end. If this wasn't a book written by one of my fave authors I would no doubt be grumbling about inconsistent characterisation, but under the circumstances I'd have to conclude that it's a highly skilled depiction of the effects of war on the individual
Rosareads on LibraryThing 29 days ago
World War I in Africa has been the topic of many extraordinary authors. Boyd's story ranks with the best of them and, like the best of them, speaks to the horrors of war.
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