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The Instant

by Amy Liptrot

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'I loved this book' Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path'Utterly absorbing' Lucy Jones, author of Losing EdenWishing to leave behind the quiet isolation of her Orkney island life, Amy Liptrot books a one-way flight to Berlin. Searching for new experiences, inspiration and love, she rents a loftbed in a shared flat and looks for work. She explores the streets, nightclubs and parks and seeks out the city's wildlife - goshawks, raccoons and hooded crows. She looks for love through the screen of her laptop.Over the course of a year Amy makes space hoping for the unexpected. And it comes with an erotic jolt, in the form of a love affair that obsesses her. The Instant is an unapologetic look at the addictive power of love and lust. It is also an exploration of the cycles of the moon, the flight paths of migratory birds, the mesmerising power of Neolithic stonework and the trails followed by a generation who exist online.… (more)
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Written primarily about the period from October 2014 to October 2015 when Liptrot lived in Berlin, this book of memoirs and reflections is very much a sequel to Liptrot’s The Outrun, which I really enjoyed.
Liptrot has an easy style and although the stories are temporally disjointed, this is because they are following a theme, allowed them to flow for me.
There is much reflection, asides, and factual information about Liptrot’s interests woven into her story, which builds up her exploration of personal loneliness, which has been necessary to allow her to rebuild herself following alcohol addiction, but which is now unwanted. There is joy and sadness, and a painful learning.

An ultrafast event is something that's over almost as soon as it's started. Its impression lasts far longer than the event itself. We can never catch a moment in time. We have to surrender to the instant, open to experience it as it happens with no expectation of permanence. ( )
  CarltonC | Nov 26, 2022 |
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'I loved this book' Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path'Utterly absorbing' Lucy Jones, author of Losing EdenWishing to leave behind the quiet isolation of her Orkney island life, Amy Liptrot books a one-way flight to Berlin. Searching for new experiences, inspiration and love, she rents a loftbed in a shared flat and looks for work. She explores the streets, nightclubs and parks and seeks out the city's wildlife - goshawks, raccoons and hooded crows. She looks for love through the screen of her laptop.Over the course of a year Amy makes space hoping for the unexpected. And it comes with an erotic jolt, in the form of a love affair that obsesses her. The Instant is an unapologetic look at the addictive power of love and lust. It is also an exploration of the cycles of the moon, the flight paths of migratory birds, the mesmerising power of Neolithic stonework and the trails followed by a generation who exist online.

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