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 are about to 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 Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.
When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.
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This is an excellent book; full of emotion, tension, intrigue, cultural history and above all a determined resilience for families to survive in war torn times. I could not put it down and it made me realise how fortunate I am. You must read it. You will not be disappointed.
An excellent book, an insightful source of Cyprus' bitter history in a relatively unbiased manner. It is a delicately blend of captivating story-telling alongside the rebirth of island's complicated history.
Sadly Sunrise was not in the same class as The Return, The Island and Thread. I found it to be rather boring and it took far to long to get the story going. Hislop has written some great books, but this was not one of them