The Moment, Paperback book

The Moment[Paperback]

by Douglas Kennedy

3.59 out of 5 (11 ratings)

Publication Date:
02 February 2012 
Modern & Contemporary 


Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced American writer living a very private life in Maine. Until, one wintry morning, his solitude is disrupted by the arrival of a package postmarked Berlin. But what is more unsettling is the name accompanying the return address on the package: Petra Dussmann. For she is the woman with whom Thomas had an intense love affair twenty-five years before in a divided Berlin, where people lived fearfully under the shadows of the Cold War. And so Thomas is forced to grapple with a past he has always kept hidden. For Petra Dussman was a refugee from the police state of East Germany. And her tragic secrets were to re-write both their destinies.

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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!

    4.00 out of 5


  • 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.

    4.00 out of 5


  • 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.

    4.00 out of 5


  • 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.

    4.00 out of 5


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