by Robert Crooke


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Sunrise is a tale of illusion, loss and renewal in a tragic age. Set in Manhattan, and in the fashionable beach towns of Long Island's East End, it follows the interwoven lives of three friends from the late 1960s to the present-exploring the confluence of art, commerce, politics and celebrity.

With its perfectly rendered physical setting, Sunrise draws readers into the reality of place and the universality of myth in a daring, Modernist style.

Stephen Dahl, the narrator of Sunrise, is a troubled child of the 60s, an expatriate American author living in Paris, an alcoholic who has stopped drinking but failed to recover his spiritual equilibrium. Watching the horrors of September 11th from his Paris apartment, he is struck by renewed patriotism which vanishes quickly as America plans to invade Iraq. But he is called home in the Spring of 2003 by the death of his former best friend and by the chance to see his former lover, the widow of his old friend. Thus begins Stephen's journey to a past that reveals complex layers of moral and spiritual responsibility to his country, his countrymen and himself. Stephen confronts an uncertain future by accepting the moral limits of despair and the power of compassion.

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ISBN-13: 9780595464777
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Sunrise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tore through 'Sunrise' in every spare moment. I found it enormously rich indeed, I may go back and reread it because there is so much in it. Crooke has managed to pull off something I think is exceptionally difficult: A drunk, is not that interesting as a central character, but by letting us see a sober Steve recalling his earlier life makes him someone we¿I at least¿want to follow and care about. I thought the echoes of 'The Great Gatsby' worked really well and make the book that much more interesting. Crooke does not beat us over the head with the parallels, and you don't have to know Gatsby to enjoy Sunrise, but for those who do see the connections, they make the book that much richer. I also liked the cameos of famous people¿Lee Krasner, The Rolling Stones, John Knowles, even James Jones. Since they would have been at the place the book is set at the time of the story, they did not seem dragged in for effect and, again, they add richness and depth to the story. Again, there is so much in the book to think about and enjoy, I am sure I've missed things--a reason to reread it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe in the infinite capacity of the human spirit. That¿s why I loved this book. A former athlete with a running injury, a stalled career and a battle with alcohol, Stephen Dahl narrates ¿Sunrise.¿ Robert Crooke took me on a journey of love, loss, confusion, depression and desperation before he revealed the true cost of Dahl¿s choices. While smothering his writing talent, Dahl carves himself into a life of despair: Promising young writer addicted to alcohol takes job as bartender. Readers can anticipate that the combination leads to disaster. In this candid sketch of human nature, a young generation stumbles through an altered state one long summer. With crystal clear images of free-to-be-me sex and drugs in the beach towns of Long Island during the late sixties and seventies, Crooke doesn¿t sugar-coat the beat of the moment. Sunrise delivers an engaging circle of stories and promises that with commitment--serious addictions can be addressed and overcome. Crooke leads the reader through dark tales that connect life from the sixties through the new millennium, and sustains just the right glimmer of light on the path to renewal.