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Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this novel of Europe during the period of the 1

    I really enjoyed this novel of Europe during the period of the 1910's.
    Lysander Reif is a British actor in Vienna looking for a Psychiatrist to
    help him cure his sexual dysfunction. While visiting the doctor he
    encounters another patient (Hettie) who he then get involved in a very
    tempestuous relationship with. The problem is that Lysander is engaged
    to Blanche back in London and has to figure out what to do. The
    situation gets more complicated when Lysander is jailed for a crime
    against Hettie and even though he knows he is innocent, he cannot defend
    himself because to do so would hurt Heddy. Lysander get help form some
    British operatives in the Embassy in Vienna, but having their help means
    he will be indebted to them for the rest of his life. The author does a
    marvelous job of developing Lysander's character and though he makes a
    lot of bad choices, the reader sympathizes with him and wants him to be
    happy. As was pointed out by some of the other reviewers, the story
    started out with Lysander trying to cure his issue and find happiness
    and then it turns into a political mystery/ thriller than Lysander finds
    himself in the middle of. There still remains little tidbits of
    Lysander's evolving psyche throughout the story that continue to pop up.
    I felt that this book had a great feel, like the recent Carlos Zafon
    books(Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game), without the mysticism. If
    you enjoyed those books you will really like this one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Disappointed

    I really had high hopes for this despite the mixed reviews. The other reviewers alluded to a bit of a slow starter which turned into a great spy novel. I never caught the pick up I guess. The early portion was very slow, yes, I agree. I'm sure someone who is way more into critical literary analysis will argue that his whole "performance issue" is a metaphor for his life, or some such nonsense, but honestly, I wasn't in to it. Once the story picked up, I still didn't really get that it was some kind of thrill ride. And then in the end, I just couldn't even believe it was over because I was still waiting for the story to take off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Just ok

    Not great but I read it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Good read. Starts a bit slow but really picks up. Good story a

    Good read. Starts a bit slow but really picks up. Good story about spies during WWI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

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    Spiritstars den

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    My new favorite book!

    Love, friendship, and relationships... totally worth your while.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Good Summer Read

    Waiting for Sunrise, by William Boyd. The first third of the book began to explore Bergson's idea of "fonction fabulatrice", but then it turned into a Le Carre type of spy novel. Also, at several points it hinted at plot lines that were never followed up upon, and introduced characters who initially played a significant but who then made only a cursory appearance. Neither of these issues undermined the story but merely left me wondering if the author was not able to tie these elements back into the story. However, the story is told from both a third and first person point of view, and also from the point of view of an observer right at the beginning and the end; so, is the hero a fabulist? Nevertheless, it was a good summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great read!

    Great read!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Vastly overrated.

    Get anything else.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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