An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
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"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the brilliant promise of [his] first novel. . . . he's able not just of a few very humorous satire but additionally of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times

1914. In a inn room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith desires 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 far off English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the heritage of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which not anyone has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly inspires the personal dramas of a new release upswept by way of the winds of warfare. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up palms on behalf of significant Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to safeguard 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. by means of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by way of violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human potential for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us reviews of individuals stuck within the aspect wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, aspect and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose during which tale and characters circulation without problems out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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Books are, with coinage, the first article of mass production, historically. Without the minting press and the printing press – and the currencies of wealth and of ideas they put into circulation – the modern world would not have happened. One has no way of knowing, but Master Caxton’s works of fiction, Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were probably the top sellers in our first bookseller’s very mixed list. 23 Sales mania Bestsellers The ability of the printing press to manufacture books in instantaneous over-supply answered, and inflamed, a reciprocal appetite in the consumer – what one might call ‘cultural impatience’.

Read them while ye may, then toss them away. 18 3. The Da Vinci Code: ‘bestseller’ 19 4. The Pilgrim’s Progress: bestseller? 20 The literary bestseller One must enter a cautionary qualification. Bestsellers, as a category, are wholly unpredictable as to content and literary quality. No one, even those whose instincts are sharpened by a working life in the book trade, can say, for certain, which way the market will jump. Fewer publishers would go bust if they could. Most novels will fail even to cover their production costs, of that one can be sure.

The author Ken Follett, who was born and educated in Britain, sells very many more copies of his books in the US than in the UK, and his bestsellers, such as Code to Zero (#1, 2000), have American settings and characters. Where does he belong? Perhaps the answer will be found in his papers, deposited at Saginaw College in Michigan. For a hundred years, from the 1890s until the 1990s, British book culture (along with its European counterparts) was inherently inimical to the idea of the bestseller and disdained, entirely, any official ‘lists’.

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