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The Brightest Moon of the Century (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Meeks

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In Christopher Meeks’s "The Brightest Moon of the Century," Edward, a young Minnesotan, is blessed with an abundance of “experience”—first when his mother dies and next when his father, an encyclopedia salesman, shoehorns Edward into a private boys school where he’s tortured and groomed.

Edward needs a place in the universe, but he also wants an understanding of women. He stumbles into romance in high school, careens through dorm life in college, whirls into a tornado of love problems as a mini-mart owner in a trailer park in Alabama, and aims for a film career in Los Angeles.

In nine chapters, the reader experiences Edward’s life from ages 14 to 45. This is the first novel from Christopher Meeks, which follows his highly acclaimed collections of short stories, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea" and "Months and Seasons."


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 845 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: White Whisker Books; Auflage: First Edition (13. November 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002TG4PAO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Real Gem! 9. März 2009
Von Mint910 - Veröffentlicht auf
The Brightest Moon of the Century is one of my favorite kinds of stories, it explores a large portion of one person's life, you get to see how they grow and change and the experiences that make them who they are. It's put together basically as 9 short stories from Edward's life. His teenage years to mid-adulthood. We're there for it all!

I loved all the stories, from Edward's time at a private high school to his college girlfriend to his time owning a trailer park mini-mart to his time as a film student. It was all interesting and strongly written. I couldn't pick a favorite section, it all built on itself to create a great character study! The things that he did and happened to him seemed so unique to his life, it read basically as a biography.

Another thing I really liked was that several times, characters from one part of Edward's life made a reappearance later on in the story, tying the story that much closer together. Another unique touch to an already unique story is a collection of photography that helps set the scenery for specific parts of the story. I loved that!

This book is a real gem, it's engaging and original! I loved it!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyed it tremendously 25. Mai 2013
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This book was painful at times -- Edward can be so horribly insensitive and so unaware. But it was a great read and moves quickly thru various stages in his life. This was a very enjoyable book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Novel-In-Stories with Great Character 25. Juni 2012
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"The Brightest Moon of the Century" by Christopher Meeks is a sweet bildungsroman that spans a several decades. The major events in the life of Edward Meopian (Myopian?) are chronicled, from his mother's untimely death at 14 to his moment of clarity in his 40's. His life ambles around, from Minnesota to LA, down Alabama, and back to LA.

In many literary, character-driven first novels, there is a justifiable criticism that "nothing happens." While this is a novel-in-stories, and thus each episode is quite self-contained, each story has some heart-stopping moments. In my opinion, Meeks became more sure of himself as he wrote the later stories because each one seems to increase in drama and action. Some lovely turns of phrase make this novel-in-stories a delightful journey.

The Southern trailer park episode has some shirt-clutching moments, especially when the thieving woman attempts to exact her revenge. The character of Sagebrush (Edward's friend from college) is damaged and, ultimately, redeemed in this episode. I wish Sagebrush had been around more, at least by phone or letters, to buffer Edward's journey. A friend who has your back is always a good addition to a story. It is in the South that Edward comes into his own, too, and his character forms deeply.

By the end, Edward seems like an old friend who you've found after a long absence, and he catches you up on his life. You're invested. He's a likeable character who I'll think about for a long time.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Brightest Moon 6. August 2012
Von William (MIKE) - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was good but not great. The end seemed to drop off. Was disappointed in the ending. Others might have a different view.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Read 20. Juni 2012
Von Clarice Marchman-Jones - Veröffentlicht auf
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Christopher Meeks is a very talented writer who weaves fascinating stories from the ordinary events of life. This "coming of age" story was a very satisfying, fast read.
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