A Flag For Sunrise
Possessed of astonishing dramatic, emotional, and philosophical resonance, A Flag for Sunrise is a novel in the grand tradition about Americans drawn into the maelstrom of a small Central American country on the brink of revolution. From the book's inception, readers will be...more
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Monumental may sound exaggerated, but that is how I feel about this chef d'oeuvre
Robert Stone had already impressed me before A Flag, but I have to say that the size of the novel and the appearance of a complicated, challenging plot has put me off when I first tried it.
That only proves how shallow and fickle this reader can be.
And what a missed opportunity this masterpiece could have been.
I am not sure if I have read, imagined or I am just making up a comparison ...more
[two weeks later]
Well it's a shame but the summary verdict is that the book did not fulfill its early promise. Robert Stone takes an awfully long time to get nowhere and when he does get there, he torpedoes his own narrative wi ...more
A Flag For Sunrise is set in a Central American country called Tecan. Tecan is on the brink of a revolution. Three groups of Americans, unk ...more
• Holliwell is an American academic who spent time in Vietnam before going to Honduras to speak at the university. He is drafted by a pair of CIA agents to come with them to the ...more
The main thing I fixed on while reading the book was the necessity and futility of transformation. Everything and everybody is being transformed - t ...more
It's unusual for me to care about any of that, because I'm typically ...more
It is very well written and certainly deserving of the ...more
The two stars are for the dark and twisted characters and some of the crazy sht that went down.
Unfortunately I found this very heavy and the plot didn't flow at all so it was more of a struggle to get through.
There were some excellent insights into humanity and our way of life, it was just brought to my attention in a very tedious way.
The novel is set in a fiction Central American country predictably run by a right wing military regime. The usual cast of characters exists - the whisky priest, the nun, the CIA, the bad guy priest, the American abroad. Bad things happen and people are more complicated than they initially appear. Don’t remember too much about the book ...more
His work was typically characterized by psychological compl ...more