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Sleepless Night

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A woman gets up in the middle of a wintry night and starts baking a cake while her lover sleeps upstairs. When it’s time for her to take the cake out of the oven, we have read a story of romance and death. The narrator of this novel was widowed years ago and is trying to find new passion. But the memory of her deceased husband and a shameful incident still holds her in its ...more
Kindle Edition, 122 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by New Vessel Press (first published 2017)
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 stars

Why, why did he do it?

That is the question that runs through this very short novel. A woman gets up in the middle of the night to bake a cake and while she is baking, she thinks back upon her short marriage (14 months), the events leading up to her meeting her husband, and their brief marriage which ended with his death. The middle of the night is her baking time, but it is also a time of reflection. After so many years she is still trying to make sense of her husband's suicide. She is
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is all of the sibilants: subtle, suggestive, sensual, sensory. at its most reductive “it’s about this”-ness, it is the story of a woman who gets up in the middle of the night to bake a cake, leaving a new lover sleeping peacefully in her bed while she passes the pre-dawn hours thinking about her brief marriage to a man who killed himself, unpacking her memories of their relationship, searching for clues.

it’s only 115 pages, but there’s a lot going on. but just as much not going on so
Elyse Walters
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sleepless Night”, is the first book I’ve read by 77 year old Margaret de Moor. She’s a Dutch pianist and writer of novels and essays.

I read this slim novel in the middle of the night....and then reached closer to my sleeping husband. He took me in my arms and we both slept deeper for the next couple of hours.

This slim book isn’t cluttered - there are no wasted words. It seems to me to be a book that gets to the core of why we suffer - and stir - and that life is an expression of something inde
Claire Fuller
This novel is a subtle, enigmatic and beautiful elegy to a husband and marriage that ends in tragedy. De Moor's writing is sensual and spare, whether she's writing about love, a walk in an ice forest, or baking a cake in the middle of the night. There are layers of meaning here, which with adroit subtlety De Moor lets the reader puzzle out.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this novel weaves loosely in and out of the present. its narrator, rising in the middle of the night to make a cake, is tied firmly to the past, to the memory of her deceased husband, so much so that her present narration glides between tenses, sometimes within the same scene, the same paragraph. it's an enchanting style, but it requires a bit more caution than i normally give – i had to stop myself many times within the first few chapters, tell myself, "OK, slow down a bit, you need to take all ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margriet de Moor ist niederländische Autorin, Jahrgang 1941. Schlaflose Nacht erschien in einer früheren Fassung vor über zwanzig Jahren unter dem Titel Auf den ersten Blick.

Eine Frau erlebt zum wiederholten Male eine schlaflose Nacht. Sie denkt zurück an ihre kurze Ehe, die mit dem Suizid ihres Mannes endete; an das Kennenlernen und an die Zeit nach seinem Tod und ihrer Spurensuche nach dem Grund. Zugleich erzählt sie von dem Treffen mit einem Mann, einer von vielen, den sie nach Aufgeben eine
Lese lust
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Damit wurde ich bis zum Schluss nicht warm - dabei mochte ich die Autorin. ..
Niki Vervaeke
Een jonge vrouw slaapt, op advies van een vriendin, met onbekende mannen na de onverwachte zelfmoord van haar man, na amper 14 maanden huwelijk.
Geen idee want het boek begon veelbelovend, ze is wakker en bakt en je komt in haar wereld terecht waarin zij jong weduwe geworden is maar gaandeweg gaat het boek over alles en niets, alsof de verhaallijnen dooreen geknoopt geraakt zijn.
Je komt bijna niet door het hoofdpersonage, ze blijft ahw vlak. En ook hij blijft op de een of andere manier een myster
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brettlikesbooks
thanks so much @new_vessel_press for gifting me this advance copy of the lovely
SLEEPLESS NIGHT by margriet de moor (fiction) a widow desperate to find solace and the answer to her husband’s haunting story + though spare, this gem requires careful reflection on the things left unsaid

“The fever of sleeplessness drives people to do the strangest things.”

get your hands on this beauty may 7th!

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Vivien Per
durch die zahlreichen zeitsprünge kannte ich mich oft nicht aus. auch die sprache ist an manchen stellen sonderbar. liegt das an der übersetzung? (oft beginnen aufeinanderfolgende sätze mit dem selben wort)
leider ist mir nicht ganz klar was genau der handlungsablauf dieser geschichte war.
jedoch hat mich die Thematik gepackt und eine stimmung konnte es mir gut vermitteln.
De tekst op de achterflap is interessanter dan de rest van het boekje. Alleen een beschrijving van die nacht had ik leuker gevonden, nu werd er van alles bijgehaald. Maar nog steeds een enjoyable read
mooi geschreven, ik heb het in een keer uitgelezen.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Na 1 hoofdstuk gelezen te hebben gestopt.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Fraaie novelle, maar niet echt iets dat blijft hangen.
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Margriet de Moor was born in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in 1941. She comes from a Catholic family with many children and grew up with nine siblings, six of them girls. The theme of sisterhood was to become a common theme in her work. She studied Piano and Song at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and was especially interested in the music of avant-garde composers such as Schönberg, Satie and D ...more