- Publication Date:
- 02 February 2012
- Modern & Contemporary
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As the book opens in modern day the reader is introduced to a man, Thomas, about to get a divorce. The book soon goes into flashback and the story of Thomas's great love is revealed. Set in Berlin just prior to the fall of the Berlin wall the book is full of the dark, distrustful atmosphere you would expect. The woman that 25 yr old Thomas meets is Petra and her story, when it is finally revealed, is peppered with the horrors of living through incarceration and interrogation before finally being moved to West Berlin. The two meet and sense an immediate attraction when Thomas interviews for a job at Petra's employer, Radio Liberty. In addition to the expected danger, betrayal and political machinations the story is also of love and friendship and contains as well a few completely unexpected surprises. Think Stasi, CIA and other Cold War agencies along with the gray and dingy Berlin of the day and you will find yourself questioning the motives of everyone involved.This novel grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the final page was turned. I have not read any of Douglas Kennedy's books prior but am now on the search for his backlist. This guy can really tell a story!
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.
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 bookThe 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.
Romantic, heart-breaking, and gut wrenching. The book also leaves the possibility of redemption, but focuses on the lost moments in our lives and the parallel lives we may try to live out in our heads. Starts slow but this device builds in intensity. You know that the love affair between Thomas and Petra will not pan out, but you are unaware as to how it will fall apart. Beautiful book.
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