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Because no one bothers to tell both sides to stop As the conflict sweeps up natives and colonials so those left at home and those fighting abroad find themselves unable to escape the tide of history bearing down on the. As a fan of Boyd s I approach an unread older book of his with some trepidation in case it disappoints But An Ice Cream War was one of the books that rightly made his early reputation and is a

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An Ice Cream War is William Boyd's sparkling debut novel on the grimly comic side of conflict published as a Penguin Essential for the first time 'What do you think would happen if I shot an elephant in the balls' 'I th. An African TragicomedyLet s face it a terrible title for a rather good book The subject is WW1 as fought in Africa between the colonies of British East Africa roughly Kenya and German East Afri

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Ink it would hurt a great deal' Millions die on the Western Front but in East Africa a uite different war is being waged one An Ice PDF with little point and which is so ignored that it will carry on after the Armistice. An engaging interesting sometimes humorous sad tragic memorable enjoyable historical fiction novel about British and German characters and an American who find themselves in East Africa in the


10 thoughts on “An Ice Cream War

  1. says:

    William Boyd never fails to pleaseCan I say that?Sounds a bit ambiguousBut this is a site for book readers no one will see any kind of innuendo there surely? On the other hand I suppose the gr guidelines might kick in someone might flag it for inappropriate content or somethingOk just to be on the safe sideA William Boyd

  2. says:

    An African TragicomedyLet's face it a terrible title for a rather good book The subject is WW1 as fought in Afri

  3. says:

    A study in colonial idiocy that takes place during World War 1 The title itself is barely relevant as it is only mentioned in passing in a prologue where Africa is said to be too hot for war and “we will all me

  4. says:

    What a strange book this is I picked it up because after Lila I thought it'd be nice to read something 'light' a comedy in this case about a bunch of half mad Englishmen in East Africa during the First World War That's how ignorant I can get It is 'light' in the same way that say The Beatles' Blue Album is light that it'

  5. says:

    An engaging interesting sometimes humorous sad tragic memorable enjoyable historical fiction novel about British and German characters and an American who find themselves in East Africa in the period 1914 to 1918 The fairly ordinary people are well developed and lots happen For example there is a love triangle a coming

  6. says:

    The First World War has been explored in fiction on many occasions but William Boyd's An Ice Cream War focuses on a largely forgotten front the battle for East AfricaBoth Germany and Britain had neighbouring colonies there and the conflict al

  7. says:

    So much for the jazzy title Like all Boyd's books this over promises and under deliversListen If you're going to take the haunting phrase we shall all melt in the heat from an actual soldier's letter and stamp it on the f

  8. says:

    This historical novel set in Tanzania Kenya and the UK during WW I is darkly humorous and beautifully detailed The focus is on a group of people whose own lives and plans are spun into disarray by the war and its conseuences Von Bishop enjoys farming in German East Africa but his wife Liesl longs to return to Germany Acr

  9. says:

    As a fan of Boyd's I approach an unread older book of his with some trepidation in case it disappoints But An Ice Cream War was one of the books that rightly made his early reputation and is a better novel than the comic A Good Man in Africa which is clever but much less subtle It takes a while to get into this second novel but the effort is worth it The novel is best when it shifts its setting exclusively to East Afr

  10. says:

    My favourite Boyd among many great booksI felt the breath of my adversary on the back of my neck as I metaphorically ran for my lifeAs a successor to Graham Greene I rate Boyd very highly

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