By William Boyd
"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the old novel at its best."
--The ny instances booklet 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 in addition of seriousness and compassion." --Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times
1914. In a lodge 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 conjures up the personal dramas of a iteration 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 whilst Felix's brother marches off to guard 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 hundreds of thousands 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 by means of violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human means for love.
"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd supplies us stories of individuals stuck within the aspect 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 move without difficulty out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." --Newsday
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Felix,” Henry Hyams referred to as. “Sherry? Can he have a sherry, Mrs. Cobb, now he’s sufficiently old to smoke? Ha-wha-wha! ” Felix helped himself to a sherry from one of many crystal decanters that stood on a desk close to the window, attempting to forget about his brother-in-law’s imbecile hilarity. there has been gin, brandy, whisky and a soda siphon, yet he notion he’d larger no longer cross too a long way too quick. He rejoined the crowd via the hearth. “Sorry to have deposed you as top guy, Felix,” Sammy Hinshelwood stated. He was once a fair-looking younger guy with a small moustache and a receding hairline. He held one hand in the back of his again as though status relaxed on a parade floor. Felix sipped his sherry. “Don’t fear approximately it,” he acknowledged, darting a look at Gabriel, who used to be chatting with Henry Hyams. “I used to be simply first reserve besides. strong which you could get on depart. ” “Yes,” Hinshelwood acknowledged. “It was once brief discover, yet I’m pleased I’m round to determine Gabbers getting spliced ultimately. ” “Sorry. Gabbers? ” Felix acknowledged disingenuously. “Gabbers. previous Gabbers over there. Your bro. Cap’n Cobb, no much less. ” “Oh, Gabbers. certain. ” Felix grew to become to his mom. “Any signal of the Nigel Bathes, mom? ” “Yes, darling. They arrived part an hour in the past. They’re getting replaced. ” “Pity,” Felix acknowledged lower than his breath. He may fortunately have refrained from the Bathes. Eustacia, even though Albertine’s dual, didn't own even her modicum of prettiness and used to be a surly, moody individual on the better of instances. Nigel shower, her husband, complemented her sourness with an unending flow of grievances and alleged injustices which he claimed the area at huge used to be regularly vacationing on him. Wrongly totalled mess money owed, unfair allocations of responsibility, uncongenial postings and so on. The checklist was once never-ending. It took little or no time for the Bathes to depress the tone and surroundings of any collecting. Felix tired his sherry and was once approximately to get a fill up whilst Henry Hyams attracted his recognition by way of loudly calling his identify and elevating his hand as though he have been attempting to halt a movement of site visitors. Henry Hyams was once a wide, portly guy who stuffed his dinner go well with to potential. The fats on his neck bulged over his stiff collar and he regarded sizzling and trussed up. He had very small pale-blue eyes, a waxed moustache, and his thinning hair was once brushed ahead over his brow and glued there in a curl with hair oil. “Yes, Henry? ” Felix acknowledged patiently, modulating his voice in respectful falling tones. “Oxford, Felix, Oxford. ” “Yes, Henry? ” Felix repeated, this time on a emerging word. “What’s all of it approximately, guy? What’s all of it approximately? no longer coming into the church are you? Mmphwaw! ” He gave a snorting bark of laughter. “Certainly not,” Felix replied briskly. “Felix goes as much as learn, um, glossy history,” his mom interrupted. “That is correct, expensive, isn’t it? i used to be so happy to listen to it used to be smooth. ” “Modern background! ” got here an outraged bellow from the entrance. “I’ll offer you smooth heritage! ” every body whirled around in alarm. It was once significant Cobb. Felix was once consistently stunned that his family members have been ordinarily quite tall whilst he observed his father.