The Sunrise

The Sunrise

Book - 2015
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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 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.

Publisher: London :, Headline Review,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780755377800
Branch Call Number: FIC Hislo
Characteristics: 406 pages : illustrations, map


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SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Jun 30, 2017

A detailed account of an intriguing moment in history-- the 1974 Turkish attack of Cyprus, a Mediterranean island occupied uneasily by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots, but treated as a resort getaway by others. Underlying political hostility vaguely masked by luxury escapism lured me into this story-- and the fact that the resort city of Famagusta (the setting) is now abandoned and hidden behind barbed wire . As a historical novel that fleshes out this story, this book succeeds. However, if you need likable characters to bring your stories to life, this book might falter on that measure.

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