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The Sunrise

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  5,337 Ratings  ·  552 Reviews
The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagust
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Headline Review (first published September 1st 2014)
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Angela This is as good as the Island if not better. I read the Thread and thats quite evocative and I have read her short stories too. I am progressing…moreThis is as good as the Island if not better. I read the Thread and thats quite evocative and I have read her short stories too. I am progressing through the others as I have bought the return and cartes postales but I have yet to read them.(less)
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Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don t know how I feel about this one. Generally I found it naive and pointless. Too many loose ends. Characters with no depth . A love story without love, a family story without compassion for family members , bits and pieces of history ,all in a mess. I couldn't care for anyone in the story and that was ok because neither did the writer. A big disappointment , although it was an easy reading .
Rebecca McNutt
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books set in the 1970's, its my favorite era for fictional literature. The Sunrise is certainly no exception and it captures such a moving and powerful story that it's definitely one worth having a look at.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
5 αστέρια για μένα πάντως που τελείωσα το βιβλίο!!!

Η ιστορία της Κύπρου με την επιδρομή του Αττίλα και τη διχοτόμηση του νησιού είναι μια τραγική ιστορία από μόνη της. Η μοίρα της Αμμοχώστου, της πόλης – στολίδι του νησιού, με τα επιβλητικά ξενοδοχεία, τους πορτοκαλεώνες, τα μεσαιωνικά μνημεία, που έχει καταντήσει πόλη των τρωκτικών και των φιδιών, δίνει έτοιμη όλη τη δραματικότητα που ένας συγγραφέας μπορεί να εμπνευστεί και να γράψει λυρικές ιστορίες, υμνώντας την πόλη και απαιτώντας – έμμεσα
Raven Haired Girl
Hislop challenged herself with such a historical event, however she failed to bring dimension and depth to both characters and narrative.

Clearly a strong case for telling as opposed to showing. The characters were superficially described providing no warmth or attachment towards them. The lack of depth is evident within the characters, deprived of dimension, their plight was anticlimactic despite the fact darkness visits one of the characters the most. With the missing component of character dev
Ena Hasečić
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Još jedan odlična priča iz pera ove autorice. Ovaj put je riječ o sukobu Grka i Turaka na Kipru kroz priču o dvije porodice koje nakon vojnog udara ostaju same u Farmagusti, gradiću duhova. Zanimljiva je priča o tom lijepom gradiću koji je 60-ih godina bio jedan od najljepših turističkih destinacija, a koji je nakon sukoba postao grad duhova i dio tzv. Turske Republike Sjeverni Kipar.
Kyriakos Sorokkou
This was my first Victoria Hislop
An English novelist known for her preference in writing stories set in the Mediterranean especially in Greece. (The Island, Cartes Postales from Greece)
Out of her 7 novels 5 are set in Greece, one in Spain, and one in Cyprus. The one I read.

The story takes place in Famagusta/Ammochostos and as the Greek name implies, a city buried in sand.
A city that in the early seventies had high-rise hotels at twelve and fourteen storeys each.

Famagusta then

In my city, Larnaca,
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odličan roman o burnim sedamdesetim godinama na Kipru i događajima koji su rezultirali podjelom ovog ostrva na dvije države. Moram priznati da mi je bilo posebno zadovoljstvo što sam se detaljnije upoznala sa ovim dešavanjima koja su me živo podsjetila na ne tako davnu prošlost života u opkoljenom Sarajevu. Dramatična zbivanja u gradu Famagusti opisana su iz ugla života dvije porodice, turske i grčke, koje su do početka sukoba živjele mirno jedni pored drugih, družili se, a onda ih je sudbina op ...more
Tea Jovanović
Objektivno, ume Viktorija to i bolje :) Uprkos temi nije me takla kao "Ostrvo"...
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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I got lost between pages and found myself wandering in the streets of Famagusta during its golden age. The book begins in the year of 1972 when Famagusta was in all its glory and manages to present the wealth and growth that characterized the place at the time. Through her descriptions you can almost taste the luxury and smell the bliss hovering in the cypriot air.

If only that was the case. She travels through tim
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alreadyread
People who know me, know that I adore Greece. I love visiting, I love the food, the people, the history, the culture. It is this love that brought me to Victoria Hislop's novels and The Island, sent on the leper island of Spinalonga just off the coast of Crete is one of my favourite stories. I also enjoyed The Thread, set in Thessaloniki and her collection of short stories The Last Dance and Other Stories. She also also written about the Spanish Civil War in her novel The Return, but I wasn't so ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I'm a fan of Victoria Hislop but this book felt so weak. Sorry!!!

I wouldn't say don't read it but I wouldn't expect to fall in love like you may have done with The Island

I didn't love or feel like I knew the characters. I didn't feel their desperation.

Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ja sam se tako uživila u priču i pored dodatno istražila otok i sva povjesna zbivanja na njemu. Toliko toga naučila o Kipru i njegovim žiteljima.
Victoria piše tako divno, pronicljivo, tako umjetnički slikovito stvara likove i opisuje mjesta i njihove žitelje.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Victoria Hislop για δύο πράγματα είναι γνωστή. Για την αγάπη της για την Ελλάδα και για το βιβλίο της "Το νησί", το οποίο αγαπήθηκε τόσο που έφτασε στο σημείο να μεταφερθεί στη μικρή οθόνη. Το συγγραφικό της ταλέντο έχετε τρίτο κατά ιδρωμένο, όχι γιατί δεν γράφει καλά, αλλά επειδή δεν γράφει τόσο καλά ώστε να μπει στην κορυφή της λίστας των χαρακτηριστικών της που την καθιστούν ιδιαίτερη. Γιατί, ας μην κοροϊδευόμαστε, αν με "Το νησί" δεν είχε αγγίξει με τόσο ευαισθησία ένα τόσο λεπτό θέμα για ...more
Αν έπρεπε να περιγράψω το μυθιστόρημα με μία μόνο λέξη, αυτή θα ήταν ανούσιο. Μπορεί να φαίνεται σκληρό, αλλά έχοντας διαβάσει όλα τα μυθιστορήματα της συγγραφέως, αισθάνομαι πως "Η Ανατολή" δεν έχει καμία σχέση με "Το νησί" και το "Γυρισμό". Αρχικά, βρήκα εντελώς άστοχες και κουραστικές τις περιγραφές του ξενοδοχείου αλλά και του τόπου. Κατανοώ την αναγκαιότητα τους, αλλά νομίζω ότι οι τόσες λεπτομέρειες ήταν περιττές. Έπειτα, μετά τα δυο προαναφερθέντα μυθιστορήματα της Hislop- ακόμα θυμάμαι τ ...more
Helena (Renchi King)
Divim se spisateljičinom umijeću da toliko vjerno oživi povijest i ujedno složi divnu emotivnu priču.Nakon pročitanog romana,neizbježno je bilo "guglanje" o famoznog gradu duhova-Famagusti,današnjoj Varoshi...
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Καθηλωτικη ιστορία με αναφορά σε ιστορικά γεγονοτα της κύπρου..με έντονες σκηνές και λεπτομερέστερη γραφή...σε καμία περίπτωση βέβαια δεν συγκρίνεται με το νησί για αυτό και παίρνει 4 αστέρια..
Sandra Danby
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I’m a big fan of Victoria Hislop’s previous three novels, ‘The Thread’, ‘The Return’, and ‘The Island’ so was expecting a lot from the new one, ‘The Sunrise’. I was a little disappointed and it’s difficult to pin down why. The Cyprus setting is great, the historical setting is stirring, the characters… I didn’t connect as well with them as I did with Alexis and Eleni in ‘The Island’. Finally, I decided that the difference between ‘The Sunrise’ and the Hislop’s earlier books is that it wears its ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I don't like writing bad reviews because no natter how bad the book I hate criticising an authors work - but this book was so awful I must say something. I very much enjoyed 'The Island' and indeed bought several copies as gifts. Ive bought ' The Return' but haven't read it being advised that it wasn't as good as 'The Island'. This book was a bookclub choice and the only reason that i made it to the end was the fact that I hadn't read last months book.
What an awful book. No real connection with
Kyriakos S Kyriakou
As a Cypriot born in 1969, lived through the coop and the Turkish invasion, I feel that Victoria managed to approach the reality of that times! We look back to all these mistakes and hope that no one will have to live the same horror again! It's time to unite the island and also all around the world to have peace! Force your governments people to achieve peace and stop all wars!
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was an interesting read, historically, as I wasn't aware of what had happened, so I think I have learned quite a lot from it. However, apart from the history, as a story this was mediocre at best. The ending all seemed very contrived, and the characters were not fleshed out particularly well, so that the notes at the back were actually more interesting than the closing pages of the story. This is my first book by this author, and it would appear I didn't pick the best to read first, based o ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victoria hislop doesn't disappoint in her latest book based in Famagusta at around the time of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus and the relationship between 2 families through the time of the invasion and the events which shaped their future.
Novel set in Cyprus (Famagusta the “Sleeping Beauty”)

Have you ever been to Cyprus? And if so, have you ever given much thought to the cataclysmic events that took place on the island in the Summer of 1974, decimating the glamorous beach resort of Famagusta and uprooting thousands from their homes in the process?

Victoria Hislop draws attention to Famagusta, this sleeping city (the “sleeping beauty” of the title) that is a symbol of a divided country. Even back then there were two populations – th
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Comecei esta leitura com uma enorme vontade de desbravar intensamente aquelas páginas. Os livros anteriores que li de Victoria Hislop deixaram boas recordações e estava curiosa para ver o que este livro reservava.
Longe de ser um leitura compulsiva, Hotel Sunrise convida a uma leitura mais lenta e mais atenta. O início foi um pouco confuso para mim. Estava a custar-me imenso envolver-me com a história, estava com dificuldades em compreender e assimilar o contexto histórico a que o livro reportav
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-2017
Este livro vem na linha de escrita dos anteriores... Adorei
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our first introduction to Famagusta is in 1972, before the invasion, when visitors flocked to this thriving resort for its golden beaches, smart cafés and expensive shops. Taking advantage of the influx of visitors are husband and wife hotel owners Savvas and Aphroditi Papacosta. Savvas always has an eye for profit and so with the money invested by his wife’s wealthy parents, he has built a new hotel – the most opulent so far. They already own the Paradise Beach Hotel, but the new hotel, The Sun ...more
Paula Sealey
I am a huge fan of Victoria Hislop and usually love the way she manages to combine a beautiful story with historical facts. Unfortunately, this book just didn't hit the mark for me, and many times throughout, it felt like I was reading a straightforward history textbook as facts were bombarded at me. I didn't feel any affinity with the characters, maybe because there were so many and it became quite confusing to remember who was who. This wouldn't put me off reading future Hislop stories, but sa ...more
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Toliko će vas dirnuti u srce da ćete zadrhtati. 5+
Lena Papanikolaou
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το τελείωσα και μου άρεσε παρά το μεγάλο πόλεμο που δέχεται απο κάποιους.Παντα υπάρχουν οι καλοί και οι κακοί ανεξαρτήτου εθνικότητας όσο αυτο και αν πονάει κάποιους.Προτείνω να το διαβάσετε.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Η Αμμόχωστος λαμπυρίζει στον καλοκαιρινό ήλιο του 1974, καλωσορίζει τους τουρίστες και δέχεται ασήκωτα φορτία στην πλάτη της με τα συνεχή ξενοδοχεία και άλλες κτηριακές επενδύσεις που λαμβάνουν χώρα υπό τη σκιά του τρόμου. Η τουρκική εισβολή ετοιμάζεται να χωρίσει οικογένειες, σπίτια, γη. Όχι, αυτά γίνονται σε έναν άλλον πλανήτη, οι αστοί και οι πλούσιοι της Αμμοχώστου εθελοτυφλούν. Κι όταν αρχίζουν να χύνονται οι πρώτες σταγόνες αίμα, μόνο τότε το καταλαβαίνουν και το βάζουν στα πόδια, παρατώντ ...more
Marina Maidou
Η Ανατολή της Βικτόριας Χίσλοπ πραγματεύεται ένα τόσο ακανθώδες θέμα σαν τα συρματοπλέγματα γύρω από την ερειπωμένη Αμμόχωστο της Κύπρου που σίγουρα δεν περιμένεις, και μάλιστα από Αγγλίδα συγγραφέα, να είναι αντικειμενκή. Υπάρχουν ανακρίβειες, αποσιωπήσεις και ανισορροπία ως προς τα αίτια και τον ρόλο των μερών στην καταστροφή της Κύπρου που δεν θα υπεισέλθω να αναλύσω γιατί ένα λογοτεχνικό έργο δεν είναι Ιστορία. Έχω να πω ωστόσο ότι πολλοί αναγνώστες θα έχουν λανθασμένη αντίληψη για το θέμα τ ...more
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