This is my review of the book Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd, which I have read recently. Yes – There are not many books which result in a debate between Pauline (who had also read the book recently) as to the ending of the book but this one did.
It is a book that has been written in different parts, and certainly in my view the parts are of varying quality and interest. Some of the text seemed very boring and if the book is abridged, I am sure would just be cut out. Other parts of the text are really frustrating, or maybe just very clever as there are gaps which you as the reader have to fill in with your imagination. Depending on how you do that, effects the story line. Then finally there are other parts of brilliant descriptive story telling enjoyment.
Anyway that being said what is the book about. It starts off in Vienna during 1913, and the star of the story is Lysander Rief a young gifted English actor. Then through a set of seemingly random circumstances he meets and falls for Hettie Bull. They start an affair, that has terrible consequences.
Time moves on and the war has started Lysander finds himself in debt to the British Government, and to clear the debt he has to become a spy. There is an agent for Germany causing great damage with the information that is being leaked. Lysander is given the special task of finding who this is, and becomes entangled in the dangerous web of wartime intelligence.
Of course the big question is does he find who the spy is or not??
Over the years I have read several of William's books and this one did not disappoint. This was book 34 week 28 fiction 31 (8 on audio) non fiction 3
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