[An Ice Cream War [BOOK] Free Reading TXT author William Boyd



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  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 never fails to pleaseNo stupid this is not another person with an embarrassing given name that he

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    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 b

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    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 t

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    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 i

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    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

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    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 also sucked in territory that at time was ruled by Belgium and PortugalThis was not the industrialised mass conflict of the European fronts and the initial skirmishes in Boy

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    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 s

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    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

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    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 G

  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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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 Encounters with Rauschenberg 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

Summary An Ice Cream War

An Ice Cream War

I think it would hurt a great deal' Millions die on the Western Front but in East Africa a uite different war is being waged one with little point and which is so ignored that it will carry on after the Armistice be. 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 also sucked in territory that at time was ruled by Belgium and PortugalThis was not the industrialised mass conflict of the European fronts and the initial skirmishes in Boyd s novel verge on the farcicalBut nevertheless there is danger and death here as Boyd s characters discoverMuch like the European war though there is an air of pointlessness to the battles and a sense that neither side really knows what they are trying to achieveAt the centre of the novel are two brothers We meet them initially in England as war threatens Gabriel Cobb is already in the military and soon finds himself posted to East Africa His younger brother Felix is at Oxford but as the conflict heats up he eventually signs up to head to Africa on a very personal missionAlongside the brothers we also meet Temple Smith an American ex pat running a sisal farm in the British colony War is an inconvenience to him initially but after his farm is wrecked by occupying forces he joins the conflict to pursue revengeHis target is Erich Von Bishop half British but signed up for the German forces emphasising the close links there actually were between families that could have fought on either sideEventually these stories collide as An Ice Cream War reaches its conclusionAs ever Boyd is a master storyteller drawing you in and keeping you engaged from start to finish There is scope for comedy as well as drama in the farcical nature of the African campaign it isn t his strongest work The Smith and Von Bishop sub plot perhaps works less well than the Cobb brothers storyline and occasionally he struggles with the balance of tone between comedy and dramaThere is no space for any indigenous African characters too with the focus entirely on the colonisersBut there is still plenty to enjoy in An Ice Cream War and it certainly casts a light on a World War One front that has been largely forgotten The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uite different war is being waged one with little point and which is so ignored that it will carry on after the Armistice be. 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 also sucked in territory that at time was ruled by Belgium and PortugalThis was not the industrialised mass conflict of the European fronts and the initial skirmishes in Boyd s novel verge on the farcicalBut nevertheless there is danger and death here as Boyd s characters discoverMuch like the European war though there is an air of pointlessness to the battles and a sense that neither side really knows what they are trying to achieveAt the centre of the novel are two brothers We meet them initially in England as war threatens Gabriel Cobb is already in the military and soon finds himself posted to East Africa His younger brother Felix is at Oxford but as the conflict heats The Illusionists up he eventually signs Planet of the Bugs up to head to Africa on a very personal missionAlongside the brothers we also meet Temple Smith an American ex pat running a sisal farm in the British colony War is an inconvenience to him initially but after his farm is wrecked by occupying forces he joins the conflict to pursue revengeHis target is Erich Von Bishop half British but signed Fishes of the Open Ocean up for the German forces emphasising the close links there actually were between families that could have fought on either sideEventually these stories collide as An Ice Cream War reaches its conclusionAs ever Boyd is a master storyteller drawing you in and keeping you engaged from start to finish There is scope for comedy as well as drama in the farcical nature of the African campaign it isn t his strongest work The Smith and Von Bishop sub plot perhaps works less well than the Cobb brothers storyline and occasionally he struggles with the balance of tone between comedy and dramaThere is no space for any indigenous African characters too with the focus entirely on the colonisersBut there is still plenty to enjoy in An Ice Cream War and it certainly casts a light on a World War One front that has been largely forgotten

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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. 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 first page of the book like an omen at least make the book about heat About the melting of morals and of wills in the desert About the viscous boil of the East African theatre in contrast to the sopping icy trenches of the Western Front Argh there was so much potential for this novel to be about place About ennui and heatstroke and slow spun metaphors of desert and action and inaction Boiling rage and absurdity It wasn t even hot for half the narrative There was too much English countryside and too much mundane description East Africa was barely conjured I have other gripes too Like the describing of characters OH MY WORD For the first third of the novel every time a new character appears Boyd breaks off for a lengthy torrid description of their physical appearance Sheer schoolboy stuff Appearance should be slipped into the action like a hot water bottle between the sheets gently warming the picture without you even realising it Give away their eye colour with a toss of the shoulders or a blazing argument convey their build with a verb I ll give you some for free stumbled slipped heaved See Not so hard I felt like I was back in GCSE English And of course sex I used to think Boyd was doing something interesting by exploring what it means for a character to be driven inexorably by lust Except that this happens in every flipping novel The characters aren t obsessed with sex Boyd is Perhaps it s a fault of war writers and thriller hacks to pile it on thick in a desperate attempt to prove they aren t dry old military historians Sebastian Faulks I m looking at you But it s distracting and overdone and painfully self conscious Overall no ice cream just brain freeze