Story line is predictable, her facts are crooked (does not give the real picture about what Turkey did to Cyprus) but it will let you know what it feels like to be chased with guns from your own home and to be unable to ever return even though you live just a short drive away. It will let you know how in today's world ther are people who miss their beloved home town standing just outside. This book has broken my heart into a million pieces, but maybe just because it is about my beautiful home town where I am forbidden to return... By another country's army...
I became a major fan of Victoria Hislop after reading "The Island". In that novel, I thought the author handled a horrid historic event without being overly oppressive or depressing. As bad as the situation was in "The Island", the author produced a memorable and enjoyable novel.
With "The Sunrise", she had another horrible, historic event, but she did not write it with the same readability and/or enjoyability. Overall I would have to say that the reading was okay instead of enjoyable. It was not dry and tedious like a history book, but it was also not enjoyable reading. Every time the story began to be enjoyable, something happened to drag it back down to sadness or depressing.
Yes, I finished the novel and I'm glad that I did. In reviewing the novel, however, I'm stuck between my loyalty to Victoria Hislop's writing ability and the sad, depressing story of "The Sunrise". What should I say? My loyalty wants to give this novel at least a 4-star, but overall it was a sad, depressing story. If this had been some other author, I might have tossed it. Thus, I had no choice but to rate this novel a 3-star.
Yes, I'm going to continue reading Victoria Hislop, she's a marvelous writer, but this one.....?
Kudos for Ms. Victoria Hislop. This book, a contemporary historical fiction is written very well and with great detail and accuracy of factual information. The names of characters, their beliefs, the foods, their life styles are all very accurately portrayed. I know this because I was a part of one of the cultures she describes. I thought the story itself was very good although the underlying theme of civilians at the crossroads of war is always somewhat depressing. Hislop interweaves the political events and the war itself with the lives of the characters she creates. Besides being a story of war, it is also a story of how individuals cope with adversity whether it be created by politics or by those in whom we trust and love. In Hislop's book, a wife's betrayal of her husband meets with betrayal from her lover but everyday friendships and relationships with neighbors and the love and trust generated from these ordinary relationships wins. Hislop also writes very sensitively about the pain of loss of families who lose their sons in wars the young men participated in because they believed that they were fighting for a just cause. I enjoyed this book very much.
I have read all of Victoria Hislops books,and they are always very enjoyable. However, I found this one less enjoyable, as it turned out to be more of a history lesson in the conflict between Turkey and Cyprus, and the story line was rather disjointed. The author had certainly done her research on this period, as she has done in previous books. I would have preferred more story line, I felt that the story was a little disjointed, and characters that started off central to the story seem to disappear, and the explanation as to what had happened to them was left till a lot later in the story. However, I would still recommend this book, because it was still an enjoyable read.
I find myself utterly absorbed by this author. I feel her character development is excellent. In this book she takes key modern history of Greece and puts a human face on it. I was drawn into the lives of her characters. The historical aspects seem well researched. I'm not familiar with this time period but I'm definitely inspired by her writing to do my own research and find out more about the conflict between Greece and Turkey. I enjoy her style of writing. It seems that with each of her books, I'm torn between wanting to turn the next page and feeling sad that I'll be one page closer to the end of the story. I don't want her books to end.
This book moved very slowly for the first one third of the book due to a tremendous amount of description of clothing, jewelry, decor, etc. Because I had read The Island and thought it was a great book by this author, I continued reading The Sunrise. The latter finally became interesting during the later half of the book but it was not as interesting as The Island.
I enjoyed this book,mainly because I have lived in Cyprus for 14 years,and been into Famagusta fairly recently as passage has been eased.The actual "plot" however seemed to lose direction and the suspense and fear that the refugees caught up in the situation must been subject to didn't transmit to me. Sorry.