5.07.2011

Book Review: The Moment

The Moment by Douglas Kennedy

Simon & Schuster were kind enough to send me a review copy of this title, which was just released a couple of days ago (May 3rd).

I really, really wanted to love this novel, but I have to be honest to maintain my integrity as a reviewer: I just didn't.

The plot sounded great: Thomas Nesbitt, disaffected writer, travels to Berlin when it was still firmly divided by the Wall to explore, write, and, as we come to find out, fall in love with Petra Dussman, his soulmate.

And while I love writers, I love stories from "behind the Iron Curtain" (because I had family that I wasn't able to meet until well into the 1990s due to the Communist hold on Eastern Europe), and I love a sweeping love story, I really didn't love this.

I never warmed up to Thomas.

At all.

Like, I began to actively dislike him.

I didn't like the crass language that seemed to be used only for effect (believe me, my speech is hardly puritanical).

I hated how long it took to ramp to the the story - over 100 pages in, and I was bored to tears and waiting for the story to start.

I hated how every single thing had to be described in minute detail (exactly what he wore every day, what he ate, every time he rolled a cigarette). Perhaps if an editor has given this a firm hand, I could have soldiered on, but I admit it: I was defeated.

Now, I'm only one reader - this has won rave reviews in early blurbs, and Publisher's Weekly gave it a positive review, so don't let me be the only voice in the wilderness...just know that while I embrace a lotta titles, I couldn't embrace this one.

Sorry, Mr. Kennedy and the nice folks at Simon and Schuster. :-(



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