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An Ice-Cream War

Boyd, William

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ISBN 10: 0241108683 / ISBN 13: 9780241108680
Editorial: Hamish Hamilton, London, UK, 1982
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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A genuine UK first edition/first printing, with '1.Title' on the copyright page. No inscriptions, book-plates or ex-libris stamps. There is a pronounced forward lean to the book block. and some foxing to the front and end papers and at the top of the book block. Price-clipped. Some faults, but overall this is a nice copy of the third novel by the author of 'A Good Man In Africa', 'Restless' and 'Any Human Heart'. All of our books are protected by a removable plastic cover, and sent to you with care. N° de ref. de la librería 000714

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Título: An Ice-Cream War

Editorial: Hamish Hamilton, London, UK

Año de publicación: 1982

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro: Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition

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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 think it would hurt a great deal.' Millions die on the Western Front but in East Africa a quite different war is being waged - one with little point and which is so ignored that it will carry on after the Armistice 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 them.

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"Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best."
--"The New York Times Book Review
Booker Prize Finalist
"Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise of [his] first novel. . . . He is capable not only of some very funny satire but also of seriousness and compassion." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
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 to her husband. On a faraway English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, 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. After his German neighbor burns his crops--with an apology and a smile--Walter Smith takes up arms on behalf of Great Britain. And when Felix's brother marches off to defend British East Africa, he pursues, against his better judgment, a forbidden love affair. 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.
"Funny, assured, and cleanly, expansively told, a seriocomic romp. Boyd gives us studies of people caught in the side pockets of calamity anddramatizes their plights with humor, detail and grit." --"Harper's"
"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose in which story and characters flow effortlessly out of a fertile imagination. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." --"Newsday"

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