By William Boyd
"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
—The ny occasions publication Review
Booker Prize Finalist
"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the intense 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 manhattan Times
1914. In a inn room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith goals of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her selection to come to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far flung English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the history of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which nobody has ever seen.
In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly conjures up the non-public dramas of a new release upswept by means of the winds of warfare. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up fingers on behalf of serious Britain. And while Felix's brother marches off to guard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his larger 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. via turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized via violence, probability, and the irrepressible human ability for love.
"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd provides us reviews of individuals stuck within the part wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, element and grit." —Harper's
"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose within which tale and characters stream without difficulty out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday
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Farm workers, especially from Ireland, migrated to England to work in the mill towns, and many millions more emigrated to North America, especially during the potato famine of the late 1840s. 9 per cent of the population, figures that grew throughout the century. Most younger women sought work in domestic service, family employment, or, for the lower end of the working class, as seamstresses doing piecework or as factory operatives; middle-class women sought work as teachers or governesses. Older women relied on income from property, or if they were without regular income depended upon poor relief under the New Poor Law of 1834 (see also Plate 3).