By William Boyd
"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
—The manhattan occasions booklet 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 resort 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 to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a remote 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 inspires the non-public dramas of a new release upswept by means of the winds of struggle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up fingers on behalf of significant Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to protect British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his greater judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the realm fit wits and guns on a continent millions of miles from domestic, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of family and friends. by way of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by means of violence, probability, and the irrepressible human means for love.
"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively advised, a seriocomic romp. Boyd supplies us experiences of individuals stuck within the aspect 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 move without difficulty out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday
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This point is underlined by a research project for the National Council of Civil Liberties undertaken in 1960, which discovered only five agencies that were willing to place "colored" children: in London, Bristol, Edinburgh, the Church of England Children's Society, and Dr Barnardo's (Gaber, p. 15). By 1962, there was concern about the high number of children from ethnic minorities who were still in local authority care and an Action Committee was formed, which resulted in the founding of the British Adoption Project in 1965, specifically to address the need to locate a permanent home for children in care.
Kay's poem "Death to Poll Tax" weaves private experience in and out of the violent public responses to the poll tax. The poem's voice addresses a friend or lover whose mother's death is imminent. As the poet/persona tries to get out of the subway s/he discovers that most of the exits are closed, and in the first stanza, s/he begins to imagine some sort of violent disturbance. In the second stanza, it's not clear where the reality and the fantasy of violence begin and end, but the images nonetheless convey the anger of the people and the violent tactics of the police: The third thing is a man screaming DEATH TO POLL TAX - a policeman punching him every time he gets to Poll.