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A Gentleman in Moscow

Towles, Amor. Book - 2016 Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Towles, Amor, Fiction / Towles, Amor 3 On Shelf 35 requests on 40 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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""In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight. This book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility." - Kirkus Reviews (starred) 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 With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, "Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change." A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count 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 a doorway 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"-- Provided by publisher.

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Absolutely stunning submitted by sueij on July 23, 2017, 3:38pm What a glorious book. Starting in 1922 Moscow, a Russian aristocrat is sentenced to live out his life in the Metropol hotel. Banished to a small room in the attic, he needs to reconfigure his life to fit the new constraints.

The novel is slow and thoughtful, with language that is beautiful and precise. Sometimes this means that the story moves more slowly than it might have in the first half, but I thought that it built the sense of time and place in ways that brought me into the Count's world. Then, when the action of the story picked up with Nina and Sofia, I was so thoroughly enmeshed in the Metropol and its cast of characters that I felt like I lived there myself.

Absolutely stunning. This goes down as a favorite.

Moved very slowly submitted by smgop on August 2, 2017, 7:30pm I really wanted to love this book, but it moved so slowly I often woke up after having falling asleep reading it!

Enjoyable Quick Read submitted by alperinj on June 22, 2018, 5:04pm This novel was excellent for a rainy day. A very creative view of a broad time period in Russia. Well worth the read.

Charming submitted by thartj on July 8, 2018, 3:48pm Count Alexander Rostov, in 1918, returns from Paris where he helped his grandmother to flee after the Bolshevic Revolution. It is never quite clear why he decides to return. As a member of the nobility he would normally be executed, but a poem he wrote in his youth that goes well with the everyman theme saves his life. Instead he is sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel.

And there begins the story... life inside a single building and a man making the best of this downward turn in his prospects. And make the best he does. He shows great adaptability, ingenuity and character. Count Rostov is extremely likable and the other characters are interesting, often charming, and fill this tale that on the surface sounds like it just shouldn't be all that interesting. But it is so beautifully told it was a joy to read. The only reason I have given four instead of five stars is it was rather lean on plot.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Viking, [2016]
Year Published: 2016
Description: 462 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780670026197
0670026190

SUBJECTS
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Fiction.
Home detention -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Hotels -- Russia -- Fiction.
Moscow (Russia) -- History -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.