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The Ice Cream Army
Following an arduous and tragic sea journey to Australia, Hamil travels into the outback to find work and is taken in by a fellow Turkish immigrant. Initially they are widely accepted into the community as ice cream sellers and Halim as a Halal butcher. Supported by an ambitious teacher they look to offer lessons to the large migrant camp. However, as war breaks out, relat ...more
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Based on a true-life event, The Battle of Broken Hill, this is a fictional account of the prejudice and racism faced by two Muslim Turks after the disaster of the Gallipoli landings in 1915. The story follows Hamil, who emigrates to Australia shortly before WW1 in search of a better life. He ends up in Cottier’s Creek, an outback mining town, where he makes friends with a fellow Turk, Suleyman, the local ice-cream seller, and together they forge a life for themselves and are accepted by the loca ...more
Set in Australia in 1915, The Ice Cream Army tells the story of Halim, a young Turkish immigrant who arrives in Sydney looking for work and ends up moving to Cottier's Creek, an outback mining town. Here he befriends another Turkish immigrant, Süleyman, the town's ice cream seller and sets up as a Halal butcher for the Muslim enclave known as Ghan Town. However, war in Gallipoli starts to affect Cottier's Creek and the townspeople's attitudes towards the residents of Ghan Town and particularly H ...more
Jessica Gregson’s The Ice Cream Army is not a book that I would normally pick up, but the title was so enticing that I couldn’t help myself. To me, the title suggested a lighthearted fantastical tale of magical ice cream soldiers but it turned out to be a surprisingly weighty imagined retelling of a fairly obscure event: in 1915, two Turkish men fired upon a train in rural Australia and killed two civilians. It takes an event that is all too easy to dismiss as a terrorist attack by fundamentalis ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A Turkish boy emigrates to Australia and ends up living and working in a small outback town. When WWI breaks out (and Australia is sending troops to die in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey) relatively good relationships between Australians and the Turkish immigrants change to racial prejudice and violence. Based on true events, this book tells the story from different points of view to show how it might have come to pass. Lovely language and descriptions, likeable and believable characters, and a slow ...more