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Waiting for Sunrise by [Boyd, William]
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"Boyd is a born story teller whose clear, taut prose never gets in the way of his characters and their unpredictable fates."--"The Wall Street Journal"

"Boyd retrofits a genre full of familiar devices and character types with finer textures and deeper psychology than it typically boasts. . . . "Waiting for Sunrise" manages to conjure an atmosphere of genuine disorientation that most spy novels gesture toward and few, if any, attain."--Laura Miller, "Salon"

"It's ages since I read a novel that offers such breathlessly readable narrative enjoyment, such page-by-page storytelling confidence and solidity. Boyd has a positive genius for pace and description."--"The Independent"

"Always a smooth and expert storyteller, Boyd effortlessly combines historical detail with a sexy, galloping narrative that proves irresistible."--"People" (4 stars)

"A page-turner. . . . A thinking person's thriller."--"Good Housekeeping"

"Sex, psychiatry and Vienna on the eve of World War I - those are promising ingredients for a novel. And William Boyd makes the most of them. . . . Boyd's narrative moves briskly, and his local color is deftly done."--"The Seattle Times"

"Thoroughly entertaining. . . . "Waiting for Sunrise" has the pace of a spy thriller, with code-cracking and double-crossing aplenty."--"The New Yorker"

"This is the sort of novel you finish, then begin again to revisit your favourite bits. . . . More than anything "Waiting for Sunrise" is a gleeful celebration of storytelling -- sly, clever, frequently hilarious, always involving. . . . This is the literary event of the year."--"The Times" (UK)

"As ever with Boyd there is an effortlessness to the prose and a piercing acuity to the period detail and evocation of place, along with thrilling set pieces. . . .[This book] proves that rarest of beasts: a tantalizingly experimental work that is also an immensely satisfying page-turner."--"The Telegraph"

""Waiting for Sunrise" retains a consistent intrigue and a splendidly intricate plot. . . . The denouement plays out with characteristic suspense and masterful design. . . . [Boyd has] a truly remarkable imagination."--"The Huffington Post"

"Powerfully entertaining. . . . Boyd's ability to evoke a sense of time and place is unmatched. . . . He has been perfecting the craft of globetrotting entertainment for the past three decades."--"The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"A tantalizing, fast-paced spy novel. . . . As seductive as it is, "Waiting for Sunrise" is no bodice-ripper. It's a brainteaser, charged with uncertainty and danger, electric with restraint."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"A literary thriller that genuinely thrills, a plot-driven novel assembled by a master of plotting. The deftness with which Boyd knits together a complex cast of characters is immaculate. . . . It demonstrates yet again this writer's unrivalled versatility and consistency."--"The Financial Times"

"Superb. . . . To read a William Boyd novel is to open a bottle of wine, light a fire, sit back in your favourite armchair and trust that the master practitioner will take you on an intriguing and unpredictable journey. He's done it again."--"The Spectator" (UK)

"A thoughtfully plotted story, whose twists and turns reveal the price its characters pay in trust. . . . Boyd is a nimble and entertaining writer."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"The narrative in this novel is almost seamless. . . . This atmospheric novel is elegantly crafted by a London writer who serves up a rich portrayal of human psychology and a plot that is both engaging and imaginative."--"The Tucson Citizen"

""Waiting for Sunrise" does the neat trick of evolving from a historical romance into a seat-of-the-pants spy thriller. . . . This is Boyd's stage, on which he is a virtuoso."--"The San Antonio Express-News"

"An evocative mix of sex, spies, and psychoanalysis. . . . Fans of the author will love and recognize all the hallmarks of Boyd's best books."--CNN.com

"Fans of previous Boyd novels will find themselves on gratifyingly familiar ground in "Waiting for Sunrise." . . . Few contemporary writers are able to evoke the ambiance and drama of our recent past as forcefully as Boyd. . . . Boyd's prose is often radiant."--"The Washington Post Book World"

It s ages since I read a novel that offers such breathlessly readable narrative enjoyment, such page-by-page storytelling confidence and solidity. Boyd has a positive genius for pace and description. --"The Independent""

Always a smooth and expert storyteller, Boyd effortlessly combines historical detail with a sexy, galloping narrative that proves irresistible. --"People" (4 stars)"

Boyd retrofits a genre full of familiar devices and character types with finer textures and deeper psychology than it typically boasts. . . . "Waiting for Sunrise" manages to conjure an atmosphere of genuine disorientation that most spy novels gesture toward and few, if any, attain. --Laura Miller, "Salon""

Boyd is a born story teller whose clear, taut prose never gets in the way of his characters and their unpredictable fates. --"The Wall Street Journal""

Thoroughly entertaining. . . . "Waiting for Sunrise" has the pace of a spy thriller, with code-cracking and double-crossing aplenty. --"The New Yorker""

Sex, psychiatry and Vienna on the eve of World War I - those are promising ingredients for a novel. And William Boyd makes the most of them. . . . Boyd s narrative moves briskly, and his local color is deftly done. --"The Seattle Times""

As ever with Boyd there is an effortlessness to the prose and a piercing acuity to the period detail and evocation of place, along with thrilling set pieces. . . .[This book] proves that rarest of beasts: a tantalizingly experimental work that is also an immensely satisfying page-turner. --"The Telegraph""

This is the sort of novel you finish, then begin again to revisit your favourite bits. . . . More than anything "Waiting for Sunrise" is a gleeful celebration of storytelling -- sly, clever, frequently hilarious, always involving. . . . This is the literary event of the year. --"The Times" (UK)"

A page-turner. . . . A thinking person s thriller. --"Good Housekeeping""

"Waiting for Sunrise" retains a consistent intrigue and a splendidly intricate plot. . . . The denouement plays out with characteristic suspense and masterful design. . . . [Boyd has] a truly remarkable imagination. --"The Huffington Post""

A literary thriller that genuinely thrills, a plot-driven novel assembled by a master of plotting. The deftness with which Boyd knits together a complex cast of characters is immaculate. . . . It demonstrates yet again this writer s unrivalled versatility and consistency. --"The Financial Times""

Superb. . . . To read a William Boyd novel is to open a bottle of wine, light a fire, sit back in your favourite armchair and trust that the master practitioner will take you on an intriguing and unpredictable journey. He s done it again. --"The Spectator" (UK)"

Fans of previous Boyd novels will find themselves on gratifyingly familiar ground in "Waiting for Sunrise." . . . Few contemporary writers are able to evoke the ambiance and drama of our recent past as forcefully as Boyd. . . . Boyd s prose is often radiant. --"The Washington Post Book World""

An evocative mix of sex, spies, and psychoanalysis. . . . Fans of the author will love and recognize all the hallmarks of Boyd s best books. --CNN.com"

A tantalizing, fast-paced spy novel. . . . As seductive as it is, "Waiting for Sunrise" is no bodice-ripper. It s a brainteaser, charged with uncertainty and danger, electric with restraint. --"The New York Times Book Review""

Powerfully entertaining. . . . Boyd s ability to evoke a sense of time and place is unmatched. . . . He has been perfecting the craft of globetrotting entertainment for the past three decades. --"The Richmond Times-Dispatch""

A thoughtfully plotted story, whose twists and turns reveal the price its characters pay in trust. . . . Boyd is a nimble and entertaining writer. --"The Philadelphia Inquirer""

"Waiting for Sunrise" does the neat trick of evolving from a historical romance into a seat-of-the-pants spy thriller. . . . This is Boyd s stage, on which he is a virtuoso. --"The San Antonio Express-News""

The narrative in this novel is almost seamless. . . . This atmospheric novel is elegantly crafted by a London writer who serves up a rich portrayal of human psychology and a plot that is both engaging and imaginative. --"The Tucson Citizen""

Review

William Boyd is one of our most cherished writers ... Waiting for Sunrise is as much A Dance to the Music of Time as Any Human Heart, a giddy burlesque where characters, particularly figures of erotic obsession, vanish only to reappear unexpectedly ... It's the sort of novel you finish then begin again to revisit your favourite bits ... More than anything, Waiting for Sunrise is a gleeful celebration of storytelling - sly, clever, frequently hilarious, always involving. For me at least this is the literary event of the year The Times There are few more reliable literary pleasures than a Boyd novel. Over three decades he has established himself as one of Britain's most popular and highly regarded novelists ... He is a novelist who writes intelligent books about plausible and fully rounded characters, brimming with challenging ideas and themes. Above all, he is a storyteller nonpareil -- Mick Brown Telegraph Boyd guides the reader with a master's hand. It's ages since I read a novel that offers such breathlessly readable narrative enjoyment, such page-by-page storytelling confidence and solidity. Waiting for Sunrise is a homage to thriller writers, spy novels and crime detection stories and films from a hundred years ago, stretching from Sherlock Holmes, via Buchan and Greene, to Hitchcock Independent An intricately plotted world of spies, lies and the double cross ... a coming of age story about an individual's self enlightenment, as much as a sui generis thriller. Waiting for Sunrise proves that rarest of beasts: a tantalisingly experimental work that is also an immensely satisfying page turner Sunday Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408835932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408835937
  • ASIN: B006X9QJNE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 297 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It makes a change to have a spy thriller set in Vienna around the turn of the first world war and William Boyd gets to grips with this one very well. In fact, if you hadn't read the blurb, you might be thinking this was a rather lame love affair doomed to failure thanks to the up and coming horror of the war.

But Lysander Rief, there's a name and a half, up-and-coming actor is drawn into the spying game little by little and he turns out to be rather good at it. Whilst trying to sort out his psychological problems with a colleague of Freud in Vienna, he is asked to obtain the code in order to break secret messages emanating from the UK and finishing up where they shouldn't be! He does this with such aplomb that, despite a near death situation, he is then rehabilitated to London, his personal problems resolved and so the fun begins.

The author weaves an excellent spy chase from this point. Rief's earlier contacts catch up with him, he finds himself investigating a spy who may well be more closely connected that he would wish and those around him each appear to be the possible suspect. The ending is odd. To explain it gives away too much information but there we are. I enjoyed the book. The atmosphere in Austria and in London is excellently described especially given the fast approaching circumstances. The inclusion of a Zeppelin adds a little flavour to the mix and the storyline makes you turn the pages. Whether or not there is room for a follow-on remains to be seen but the main protagonist is a character who could be developed for future forays into the spying world, after all, who better than an actor to confuse the enemy.
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By Matt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2012
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In his novel Restless, William Boyd pulled off the difficult trick of marrying a tense wartime thriller with an affecting study of a daughter coming to terms with the knowledge that her mother is not the person she thought she knew. The result was a book that had the compulsive appeal of a commercial page-turner with the satisfying emotional depth of the literary fiction Boyd is known for. In his latest title, Waiting For Sunrise, he attempts the same feat - sadly, the results this time are less successful, and it adds up to a disappointing and disjointed whole.

The main problem with Waiting For Sunrise is it appears to be two disparate novels cobbled together. It begins in pre-WWI Vienna as we follow a young English actor, Lysander Rief, who has come to seek a cure for a debilitating sexual problem through psychoanalysis. During his stay he meets a free-spirited sculptor, Hettie Bull, and they begin an intense affair which apparently cures his 'problem'. All seems to be going well when Lysander suddenly finds himself in serious trouble and has to return to England. From that point the novel morphs into an espionage thriller, with Lysander pressured into assisting the War Office with breaking a secret code and unmasking a traitor.

In fact, both these plot strands are gripping, up to a point; we get a fascinating glimpse of pre-war Europe, an insight into psychoanalysis and a passionate love story in the first section, while the spy story is genuinely thrilling for the most part, with plot twists galore and almost every supporting character coming under suspicion. It even begins to seem that these two halves of the story may be connected after all, and I was enjoying the book a great deal...until the last few chapters.
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By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2012
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This is a highly readable novel which will keep you turning pages into the night...The story focuses around the character of Lysander Rief, a young English actor who is drawn by events into the world of wartime spies. Opening in 1913, in Vienna, shortly before the outbreak of war, the story is driven along by the chance meeting, and subsequent tempestuous relationship, of Lysander, and a young English sculptress. Arrested for a crime he did not commit, Lysander finds the consequences taking over his life, taking him deeper and deeper into a chain of events in which nothing is quite what it seems.

As always with William Boyd, this is superbly crafted fiction, beautifully written, and compulsive reading

Superb - highly recommended
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With "Waiting For Sunrise", William Boyd distils three decades of storytelling skills into another very fine novel indeed. He seems most comfortable writing about the early years of the twentieth century, and the book is based on events happening between 1913 - 1915, first in pre-war Vienna, and then in the early years of World War One.

Lysander Rief, a young actor, carries the story well. He's an engaging character, not unlike many other of Boyd's male creations, in that he is buffeted by events and tries to make sense of them as the story unfolds. Indeed, the random nature of life, our place in it and our changing sense of identity are themes very much at the centre of this fast-paced novel, that at times reads like a thriller.

Occasionally, the sweep of the book seems to find Boyd losing his way in the narrative; some of the plot seems to meander a little at times and, enjoyable though this is in terms of the writing skills on display, leaves you wondering just where this is all heading.

The book seems uncertain of itself in places, whether it's more literary novel than thriller - and ends up being a combination of both, which overall works well. The end of one era (pre-World War 1) and the dawn of a new, darker age in which to live - is conveyed well, but the strands of the plot are pulled together a little rapidly in a conclusion that feels a bit rushed.

All that said, the book is a wonderful page-turner, with characters, events and sense of time and place being real strong points. Boyd enthusiasts will probably welcome this seeming return to form after the slight disappointment of "Ordinary Thunderstorms." 60 this year, Boyd thankfully shows no signs of running out of ideas - and this is one of his strongest novels for a few years. Recommended - and thoroughly enjoyable.
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