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An Ice Cream War

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' ' 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 melt like ice cream in the sun Several lives intersect here the families of Temple Smith and Erich von Bishop English and German homesteaders whose farms are on the border between British and German East Africa and two brothers Felix and Gabriel Cobb belonging to a militaristic family in South East England The humour is a bit laboured as befits a novel set in the period though Boyd is very good at conjuring up the era s styles prejudices inhibitions and conversationThis is definitely a black comedy fun to read but it didn t really hold my interest Maybe Boyd is a bit of an acuired taste

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Cause 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 th 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 Across the border the American Walter cares about little in life by his farm his sisal decorticator and his future agricultural plans In England the Cobb family drifts in the moral and intellectual haze of the 1920s absorbed in family suabbles International forces however drag each family out of their normal path and into a confusion of life death and love The writing is beautifully descriptive portraying the individuals as unregarded pawns who are incapable of making sense of larger historical forces sweeping over them Boyd s book is largely character driven There are honestly speaking no African characters in the book at all While one can certainly argue that using a large and obviously relevant group of people merely as a backdrop may seem strange I appreciate that Boyd focuses on the characters whose story he is telling This in my opinion is preferable to tacking on a modern view of the world through some sensitive character who will understand the natives as is so often done in contemporary historical novels


10 thoughts on “An Ice Cream War

  1. says:

    William Boyd never fails to pleaseCan I say thatSounds 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 never fails

  2. says:

    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 Africa roughly Tanzania—the war that forms the background to C S Forester's novel The African ueen and the BogartHepburn movie made from it but is other

  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 melt like ice cream in

  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

  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

  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

  7. says:

    So much for the jazzy title Like all Boyd's books this over promises and under deliversListen If you're going to

  8. says:

    This historical novel set in Tanzania Kenya and the UK during WW I is darkly humorous and beautifully detailed Th

  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 Africa and there develops

  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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