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Definitely not a holiday in the sun

Advantages: Entertaining and sometimes poignant black comedy of war
Disadvantages: Seems a little unfocussed in parts

William Boyd is one of those contemporary novelists who has been on my must-try list for a long time. This tale, set mostly in East Africa during the First World War, seemed as good as any with which to start. (For a start, it was the only one of his on ...

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Review of An Ice-cream War - William Boyd

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Make ice-cream, not war

Advantages: Great, epic story, well-researched, Boyd's wry humour
Disadvantages: Starts off a bit slow

Published: 1982 INTRODUCTION The first Boyd I ever read was Armadillo and since then I regularly pick up his earlier works. The reason I enjoy them a lot is because almost all of his earlier novels are set in Africa and this is probably no accide ...

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Stars and Bars

Advantages: Entertaining, an easy read
Disadvantages: A bit too silly in places

Englishman, Henderson Dores, a thirtysomething art expert moves to New York in search of a better life and in the hope that he can overcome the shyness and English reserve that have plagued him throughout his life. Henderson is sent to assess a collect ...

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A great farce

Advantages: Great plot, easy read
Disadvantages: none

Henderson (the main man) has moved to New York, to lose his English reserve and shyness. He works for an auction house, has an ex wife, who he wants to re-marry (she has two new children who are spoilt), a mistress and a mystery assignment to make his an ...

KingHerrod 16.08.2000 · Read full review
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Not as good...

Advantages: Boyd's stlyle.
Disadvantages: A confusing, complex, static plot.

I came to this book having read and enjoyed Armadillo a great deal. Perhaps it is this comparison which has made my judgement cluded but I do think that a comparison leaves no doubt as to the better book. I do like Boyd's style he manages to gt inside the ...

Lubly-jubly 28.05.2002 · Read full review
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