WAIT­ING FOR SUN­RISE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - JACQ ELLEM

Wait­ing for Sun­rise starts with a Brit in pre- war Vi­enna.

Lysander is seek­ing a “cure” from a doc­tor who is an avid fol­lower of Freud, so you can imag­ine the line it will take as the gen­tri­fied ac­tor seeks an ed­u­ca­tion within so­ci­ety’s bound­aries.

The con­fronta­tion of some of the sit­u­a­tions was de­li­ciously shock­ing. I was ex­pect­ing some­thing light, such as a Miss Marple mys­tery, and in­stead got a story for which I was com­pletely un­pre­pared.

Forced to flee false al­le­ga­tions, Lysander ends up pay­ing off his debt to the gov­ern­ment with a few “in­ves­ti­ga­tions”. Yes, spy­ing – old school.

What he un­cov­ers is more than a plot, it’s a master ma­nip­u­la­tion that will mer­rily lead you up the gar­den path and back.

Wil­liam Boyd is a pow­er­ful sto­ry­teller with a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion.

I tried to find the word that this story evoked, and both “in­trigu­ing and “con­found­ing” came to mind.

I’m sure I’ll read it again, but I’ll cer­tainly be try­ing his oth­ers.

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