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Waiting for Sunrise by William  Boyd
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Jun 18, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

Mr. Boyd joins the group of elite espionage authors. Set just before WW I, the story follows a young British actor who goes to Vienna seeking treatment for a peculiar medical problem. He meets a girl and various other characters, gets in trouble, and....well, you get the idea. Mr. Boyd is a great storyteller. The book alternates between first and third person; Mr. Boyd is probably just showing off his chops, which are considerable. We find the normal twists and turns, and uncertainty about who are really the good guys. I kept looking for signs of the "unreliable narrator", but didn't find them--until the end, where Mr. Boyd goes all mystical on us, and wants us to believe that perhaps things weren't really as they seemed. This sudden turn was too much for me to process after 350 pages. So, I stubbornly continue to believe it was just an entertaining story.

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