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Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

Waiting for Sunrise (2012)

by William Boyd

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I so wanted to like this book but for me the whole thing just dragged. I had a very hard time finishing it because of the lack of movement in the story. From time to time there would be a glimmer of something great but then it would go back to a slow crawl. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Exhilaratingly complex spy story set before and around World War I.

Boyd probes deep into his protagonist's psyche, and the tensions, agonies and ambiguities present there are masterfully played out in the narrative. As with many books that are this profound, the end is not as satisfying as the middle, as the reader is left wanting a more settled, clear-cut conclusion than the novel (or real life) provides. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
For me, it was a little less than the sum of its parts but I liked those parts very much!

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  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A little disjointed but entertaining. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Was a good story until it got to torture scenes - this ruthlessness from the main character was surprising as a novice spy. I stopped reading. ( )
  siri51 | May 26, 2016 |
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A thing is true by first light and alive by noon. (Ernest Hemingway)
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It is a clear and dazzling summer's day in Vienna.
Maybe this is what life is like -- we try to see clearly but what we see is never clear and is never going to be.  The more we strive the murkier it becomes.  All we are left with are approximations, nuances, multitudes of plausible explanations. Take your pick. (p. 345)
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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy, is caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman—until she goes to the police to press charges of rape. Only a frenzied getaway plotted by two mysterious British diplomats saves him from trial. But after Lysander returns to a London on the cusp of war, the traumatic ordeal haunts him at every turn. The men who coordinated his escape recruit him to carry out a brutal murder. His lover shows up at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Suddenly plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence—a murky world of sex, scandal, and spies—Lysander must unravel a secret that threatens Britain's safety.
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Wrongly accused of rape, Lysander Rief, a young English actor, finds his life taking a dangerous turn when the men who help him escape a conviction recruit him for a lethal mission that leads him to a traitor who is linked to his family.

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