The Moment Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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"Epic novels, covering decades, great emotional drama and deep political schisms, have become an all too rare thing - certainly those that really zing with life and painful truths. So thank goodness for Douglas Kennedy. An American with a great European literary sensibility, he has produced a number of best-sellers marrying recent big historical events with finely-tuned tales of personal relationships and desires. The Moment, aside from being his tenth novel, is his most ambitious to date and most deeply felt. One way or another, writers rob from what is real and The Moment feels strikingly real... I used to think characters made novels, not settings. However, in The Moment, Douglas Kennedy has created a love story that's very much a product of a particular time and place, and yet the conclusion is beautifully understanding and universal." (Daily Mirror)
"Kennedy is an absolute master at love stories with heart-stopping twists, but even if you know this and read along expecting the unexpected, the denouement will have you feeling about as intense as printed words can make you... With its glorious evocation of a love affair at its highest height tempered by a wonderful supporting cast of Berlin's distressed beauties and freaks - the people and the buildings - the moment is simply sensational." (Times)
"The readers of Douglas Kennedy's novels aren't often left feeling short-changed - and here, once again, the storytelling is served up thick and meaty... there are shadowy spooks and John le Carré-style twists aplenty ... The result is a big, satisfying read.'" (Daily Mail)
"Kennedy, like William Boyd and Paul Watkins, has always managed to walk that precarious tight-rope of credibility between the twin towers of popular and literary fiction... Kennedy is particularly adept at capturing the ugliness of modern life... He captures with acuity men's self-destructive nature and the eddies in which husbands, fathers and sons find themselves caught." (Independent on Sunday)
"The Moment is a must if, like me, you are a sucker for a gripping yarn: nearly 500 pages of superbly written love and heartbreak, betrayal and redemption... Author Kennedy, clearly a hopeless romantic, is a dense writer in the Sebastian Faulks style... This is a spectacular piece of work, creating an irresistible world and life of its own, a novel in its purest form. Kennedy's secret weapon is so simple, words that need no translation as they move mountains: "Ich liebe dich."" (Sunday Express)
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Leaving the World comes a tragic love story set in Cold War Berlin.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
But! As I said there are good things! A generally readable story - finished the book in 2 days! Loved the description of 1980s decadent wasteland West Berlin as well as 'going behind the Iron Curtain' - and one exchange that takes place there really captures the feeling of paranoia among citizens of the former GDR. And, though some were evident from the outset, there were some really great twists that I didn't see coming.
Not quite as good Kennedy's best work. But still a fun read.
Just as difficult to put down as his early books, The Moment creates memorable and credible characters and has a narrative that doesn't require suspension of disbelief. Beautifully written, this is the best Kennedy yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having been to Berlin at the end of last year,I was drawn to this book. I have read one other book by this author which I also enjoyed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dockers
This is my favourite Kennedy novel. Its very well written and extremely atmospheric is he describes Germany during the cold war; the cruelty and the human power to overcome. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marlene Allen
Very fast delivery seems a good read.have not read it all yet .Published 6 months ago by Happy chap
A thought-provoking book that has clearly been well researched by the author. It has wonderful philosophical tangents, clever descriptions of relationships, an amazing description... Read morePublished 9 months ago by embydee