London: Hamish Hamilton, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression, signed by Boyd on the title page. 8vo: ,363,pp. Publisher's navy blue cloth, spine stamped gilt, illustrated dust jacket priced 7.95. About Fine (minor speckling on top edge) and probably unread, in About Fine jacket very mildly (almost imperceptibly) faded to spine panel. Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1339
Boyd's second novel, An Ice-Cream War was conceived as an antiwar satire, "directed not only at the incongruities of war, but also at the inefficiency of the British army during the African campaigns. [As millions are slaughtered on the Western Front, a ridiculous and little-reported campaign is being waged in East Africa—a campaign that continued even after the Armistice because no one told them to stop.] Unlike A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War does not focus on a single character but on several central ones, among whom Felix Cobb [who] Boyd uses as a vehicle to attack a society anchored in the past. . ." (Literary Encyclopedia) Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.