An Ice-Cream War (Paperback)
|Author: William Boyd|
|It is 1914. In a hotel room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith dreams of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her decision to return to the Dark Continent -- and her husband. On a faraway English river bank, Felix Cobb watches his brother bathe and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And in the background of the world's daily chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German conflict the likes of which no one has ever seen.|
In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly evokes the private dramas of a generation upswept by the winds of war. As the sons of the world match wits and weapons on a continent thousands of miles from home, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies -- and traitors of friends and family. By turns comic and quietly wise, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by violence, chance, and the irrepressible human capacity for love.
From the Publisher:
As World War I reaches into the East Africa colonies, two English brothers, Gabriel and Felix, find themselves bound by their attitudes toward the war, their love for one another and for one woman, and their fragmenting empire.As World War I reaches into the East Africa colonies, two English brothers, Gabriel and Felix, find themselves bound by their attitudes toward the war, their love for one another and for one woman, and their fragmenting empire
A novel about an obscure but decisive moment in World War I, revolving around two English brothers whose love for each other and their country is sorely tested when they fall in love with the same woman. Winner of England's Whitbread Prize and nominated for the Booker.