This was a remarkable book. I didn't quite realize how long it was when I started and frankly, I was a little horrified when I actually looked at the last page and saw that it was over 500 pages. For the first 200 pages I wondered why it had been given such good thoughts in the reviews. Yes, definitely readable but I never love books with tons of drinking and I was not sure I liked the main character, Thomas, at ALL. But, I kept on and I'm glad I did. Kennedy includes a ton of details and I wonder what could be cut to make it a little easier to read, lengthwise. The story from Thomas's view and then, from Petra's view---just plain fascinating. There are definitely surprises along the way.
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Another great book by Douglas Kennedy. I always look forward to his books. This one takes place partly in East Germany and Berlin in the time before the wall came down, and partly in the present day. Having lived in West Germany during the time the wall was up, and having visited Berlin since the wall came down I could well identify with some of the images in the book The title is the moment-- what are the moments in our lives when we have to make a quick decision that could change the path of our life and have consequences we cannot forsee. Thomas Nesbiit is a travel writer who has never really known what love is until he comes to Berlin and meets a refugee form the East Petra Dussmann with whom he falls deeply in love. This is during the time when the wall divided the city in two. Years later Thomas in divorced and unhappy and living a very quiet life in Maine with only his daughterr to feel close to. However one day he receives a box in the mail and on opening it his past comes back to haunt him, and he learns the true consequences of the decision he made many years ago in Berlin. Its a great story that I could not put down. We travel the journey with Thomas and Petra and feel for them in their happiness and sorrow. The plot is absorbing with its twists and turns and the descriptions are great, creating the atmosphere of time and place very well. The characters and story will stay with me long after I have read it, the test of a good book.
Douglas Kennedys newe...
Douglas Kennedy's newest novel The Moment defines and spotlights the moments that change our lives. Kennedy grasps the little things that occur in life, that in retrospect, become THE moments that change or define a life. The story is told primarily through Thomas Nesbitt's memories, as he relives his life as a travel writer in 1984 Germany, during the time of the "Berlin wall" and of a woman named Petra Dussmann. I really loved The Moment. Kennedy uses words the way a painter uses paint on a canvas, highlighting the highs and shadowing the lows. For those who don't remember the Cold War time frame, The Moment serves as a brilliant learning opportunity, a chance to see the world as it was, to see the heartbreak of two people divided by a political system that robbed their people of the freedom to live and their freedom to love. Kennedy also clearly uses Nesbitt's remembrances as a way to remind us that even the smallest decision, the smallest moment can haunt us forever. Nesbitt's decisions touch and forever mark the life of another woman and mold the life of his daughter. Forever changed and forever haunted, once Nesbitt receives Petra's box, Nesbitt finally tries to come to terms with his choices at the important moments of his life. This is a book that I'll keep, it's on my book shelf now, and I'll read it again and will surely see something else in it that I missed during the first read. But isn't that the way moments are in retrospect? I give The Moment 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. This galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.
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This is a smart and emotionally affecting novel that grapples with universals: love, loneliness, guilt. The author is unflinchingly honest in depicting a life-changing affair: a perfect example of l'amour fou. He also balances this against what might be called marriages of convenience, how people make decisions that are wise but still violate what they know to be the truth: I'll never love you as much as I loved _____. The book also probes how guilt motivates us. How a child is often the best product of a flawed relationship. The two main characters are wonderful and Kennedy's ability to hook a reader on narrative-driven fiction is quite powerful. The drawback is that this book is overwritten as if Kennedy wanted this work to be his admission ticket to the pantheon of "great writers." It is far too pedantic, and I found myself skimming dozens of preachy pages. Ultimately though, the tale's central affair, and its backdrop of Berlin in the Cold War, as well as the ideologically driven sadism of the East German security apparatus and their culture of informants make The Moment an unforgettable read and one that is highly recommeneded.
THE MOMENT by Douglas ...
THE MOMENT by Douglas Kennedy is an interesting,touching love story set during present day,2010 and during the Cold War in Berlin. While it moves from past to present it is easy to follow and a story of true love. It has love,danger,friendship,entrapment,entanglement unto spy games,betrayal and emotional turmoil during troubled times. It is about the moments of ones life,the good,the bad,the ugly and the truly wonderful moments. This is an epic love story set of all times during the Cold War of Berlin. The Moment is a wonderful,thought provoking story of the moments that change your life.The moments that define who you are.The moment you fall in love.The moment you know what you want. The moment you lose everything. The moment you may or may not be able to change anything in the moments of your life.This is an extraordinary story of two people's lives and the moments that defined their destinies and their lives forever. This is a great read of love and hurt.This book was received as a giveaway from Simon and Schuster and details can be found at Atria Books,a division of Simon and Schuster,Inc. and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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