Waiting for Sunrise
Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with eminent psychiatrist, Dr Bensimon. Sitting in the waiting room he is anxiously pondering the particularly intimate nature of his neurosis when a young woman enters. Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty. Her name is Hettie Bull. Their subsequent affair is both passionate and destructive.
Moving from Vienna to London’s West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller and a literary tour de force.
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[Boyd] has written a fine example of what Graham Greene termed "an entertainment"; one that skilfully reimagines a carnival on the brink of destruction and a man teetering on fate's tightrope.
Waiting for Sunrise, which starts in the world of Kafka and Schnitzler, ends in a world so Le Carré-esque it reads almost like a homage… After the intriguing psycho-sexual foreplay of the first section the remaining four parts constitute 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 across scattered locations and an extended time period is immaculate… It demonstrates yet again this writer’s unrivalled versatility and consistency. William Sutcliffe
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