A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
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Description

“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” Ann Patchett

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post


He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Soon to be a major television series starring five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

Reviews

  • Very enjoyable

    4
    By MSLA_Reads
    This is a very enjoyable read, but for the ending? Many new words to absorb.
  • PastPresentFuture

    5
    By HRM1223
    Simply Beautiful.
  • Amazing read

    5
    By LisaGG92
    Love this novel. Not at all what I expected. The hotel and the people that inhabit it become an entire universe.
  • Thank God for samples!

    1
    By AGReko
    A pretentious and overly complex piece of garbage that I am glad I did not pay for. I could not even get through half of the sample without wanting to throw my iPad out the window, hoping to hit the author in the head.
  • Extraordinary

    5
    By mohrag
    What a terrific book! Couldn’t put it down. So very different and so very satisfying. Relatively little violence. A lovely read.
  • Thoughtful and Complex

    4
    By Emmet Aloysius
    This book is not as enjoyable and fun to read as The Rules of Civility, his first book, but it is a good read overall. It requires your strict attention, however, so do not buy if you are looking for a beach read: lots of foreign characters, plots, history, artifacts, philosophy, comedy, etc., and some things that are left unexplained. Towles is an intellectual so you will not get everything he says but his diversions and commentary are often enlightening. EAF III
  • The Gentleman from Moscow

    5
    By BonnieDH
    The Gentleman from Moscow is simply a beautifully written novel. One that you will want to read over and over.
  • A richness of feeling that grows and mellows

    5
    By waldhaus1
    Filled with many characters that come to life a bygone era it's evoked. The protagonist demonstrates the strength of character to live an emotionally Rich life in an oppressed world. Clever connections are made between events on a way to make all seem real. A rewarding read.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    4
    By Mountain maggi
    I originally gave this book a 2 star!!! Midway through this read I wanted to throw this book out! Where was it going? Was there even a plot? But I was told it was worth finishing. And I am glad I did finish this book. I smiled & now want to watch the movie, "Casa Blanca"!
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    5
    By cannedarts
    I found it hard to get through the first half of the book and then it just flew by. Wish it had continued to the next decade. It reads like an old fashioned Russian novel that’s been slightly updated. Am pretty sure that was the intent of the author. Great characters beautifully fleashed out, and a terrific ending you don’t see coming...right up to the last line. If you like Amor Towles last book you’ll surely like this one, and if you haven’t read “Rules of Civility”, I recommend you should.

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