Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

by William Boyd
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Waiting for Sunrise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Carmenhaydee More than 1 year ago
Not great but I read it all!
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Good read. Starts a bit slow but really picks up. Good story about spies during WWI.
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blacksaltire More than 1 year ago
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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Love, friendship, and relationships... totally worth your while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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