Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

From one of our most celebrated and imaginative writers comes a spellbinding novel about deception, betrayal, psychoanalysis, and the mysteries of the human heart. William Boyd follows his critically acclaimed novels A Good Man in Africa, Brazzaville Beach, and Ordinary Thunderstorms with a razor-sharp, incandescent thriller in Waiting for Sunrise. A provocative exploration of the line between consciousness and reality is nested within a tense, rollercoaster plotline… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


Although the novel suffers from a few too many coincidences and a too-leisurely pace, Boyd [...] does an admirable job evoking the sensuality of avant-garde Vienna, battlefield horrors and the early days of British spycraft

This arresting opening to “Waiting for Sunrise,” a tantalizing, fast-paced spy novel by the prolific William Boyd, reminded me of the first book I read by this curiously engaging author, roughly 20 years ago

In the early pages of “Waiting for Sunrise,” William Boyd’s cunning tale of espionage in World War I, a Viennese soldier warns Lysander Rief, the book’s naive hero, not to be fooled by the apparent placidity of the Austrian capital. Below the surface, he warns, flows a powerful “river of sex,” capable of sweeping away anyone who wades too deeply into its waters.


Book Details  


Publisher: Harper (April 17, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9780061876776

Page count: 368 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Language: English


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