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The Rising Sun: A Novel

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Now in paperback, Douglas Galbraith's The Rising Sun is an extraordinary tour de force of historical fiction in the tradition of Caleb Carr's The Alienist and David Liss's A Conspiracy of Paper. A widespread critical favorite in hardcover, it was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best novels of the past decade, and established its author as a major new talent. In 1698 ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published December 12th 2001 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 22, 2009 Jody rated it it was ok
Just starting on this one. It's about 5 Scottish ships that are sailing to the new world to begin a colony. Almost from the beginning, there are troubles between the various members of the crew and passengers. I'm only about 30 pages in to it so, I don't have good feel for whats going on. We'll see.

I'm over half way now and mostly reading it because it's here. Actually it's 1st person view is pretty interesting. However, interesting it is to actually know how many barrels of salt or pairs of thi
Aug 16, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High 4. Galbraith has taken one of the forgotten yet fascinating episodes of Scottish history to fashion not only a worthy addition to the best that historical fiction can offer, but a true adventure yarn worthy of Louis Stevenson or Dumas. His narrator, young Roderick MacKenzie, as superintendent of cargoes aboard the titular flagship provides an eyewitness account of the tragedy which befalls the attempt to colonise the Panamanian isthmus at Darien at the end of the seventeenth century. Not on ...more
Sean Mcdonald
Apr 27, 2014 Sean Mcdonald rated it it was ok
It was entertaining for historical fiction. The history is the failed Scottish colony of Darien (in modern Panama). The book is written in 3 parts, part 1 before the voyage and the Atlantic trip, part 2 the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico and actual colony and part 3 the aftermath. As a stand-alone story, Part 3 felt completely unnecessary, though it did show up the long term result of the colony for Scotland.
Oct 14, 2009 Sjo rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Historical novel covering the failed Scottish colony of Darien on the coast of Panama in 1698. The book is narrated by Rory MacKenzie, a young Scot who ends up being the accounts man on the expedition. There is lots of context throughout that is helful if you have some grounding in Scots history, but probably still an entertaining man vs. nature sort of read regardless. There is a real interesting thread from this failed expedition to the 1707 act of union between Scotland and Englang--Galbraith ...more
Dov Cole
Nov 07, 2012 Dov Cole rated it it was ok
So, I really wanted to like this book I really, really did. I've read seafaring novels before and enjoyed them. But never from the point of view of the book-keeper. I usually give it about 100 pages to develop. Nothing much happened & I didn't feel like I learned anything new. There was some torture by writing in "olde english" style, but I adjusted. I gritted my teeth & read some more. But nothing ever happened. I was disappointed but tried again. At page 170 enough is enough. I guess a ...more
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Jan 02, 2009 William Shep rated it liked it
Not bad for a debut novel. The writer has good descriptive powers but the narrative lags a bit and none of the characters really shine. There is some humor but overall a sense of impending doom throughout, and rightly so, since this is an account of the now obscure and tragically failed Scottish attempt to launch a colonial empire in Panama at Darien in the 1690s.
Nov 24, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it
A fantastic story of the search for fortune in a far off land. Rich in detail and with a haunting melancholy.
Feb 16, 2013 Xdw rated it liked it
historical fiction. but watch out, quite a bit of fiction fixing up the facts.
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