Waiting for Sunrise

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A&C Black, Feb 16, 2012 - Fiction - 353 pages
22 Reviews
Vienna, 1913. It is a fine day in August when Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the 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. She is clearly in distress, but Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty. Her name is Hettie Bull.

They begin a passionate love affair and life in Vienna becomes tinged with a powerful frisson of excitement for Lysander. He meets Sigmund Freud in a café, begins to write a journal, enjoys secret trysts with Hettie and appears - miraculously - to have been cured.

Back in London, 1914. War is imminent, and events in Vienna have caught up with Lysander in the most damaging way. Unable to live an ordinary life, he is plunged into the dangerous theatre of wartime intelligence - a world of sex, scandal and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code which is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep the murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life.

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 from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms.
 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Boyd mixes genre in this book about psychology and espionage set in the years around WW1. Our reluctant hero gets psychoanalyzed in Vienna and is then forced to hastily flee. Having been talked into ... Read full review

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User Review  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

Luck is a recurring theme in Boyd’s work (if what I’ve read of his to date is any indication – viz., Any Human Heart; Nat Tate – An American Artist; Fascination; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and now ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
14
Section 4
20
Section 5
27
Section 6
33
Section 7
35
Section 8
47
Section 23
192
Section 24
195
Section 25
210
Section 26
223
Section 27
233
Section 28
248
Section 29
257
Section 30
268

Section 9
60
Section 10
62
Section 11
66
Section 12
72
Section 13
74
Section 14
76
Section 15
101
Section 16
103
Section 17
106
Section 18
117
Section 19
140
Section 20
149
Section 21
168
Section 22
172
Section 31
274
Section 32
277
Section 33
280
Section 34
285
Section 35
300
Section 36
313
Section 37
316
Section 38
325
Section 39
335
Section 40
341
Section 41
352
Section 42
355
Section 43
357
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William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet and adapted into a Channel 4 drama; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection, and most recently, the bestselling Ordinary Thunderstorms.

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