A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
Description: 462 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670026197
0670026190
Branch Call Number: Towl
Additional Contributors: Towles, Amor

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lerche
Aug 09, 2017

The best book I have read in a long, long time. Just beautiful! While I savored every word, I am a bit conflicted about the ending. Five+ stars.

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vancouverville
Aug 02, 2017

In the end, I enjoyed this book despite finding it fairly slow moving - especially at the beginning when the Count manages to maintain a pretty lavish lifestyle despite being displaced into a tiny upstairs room at the luxurious Metropol hotel. I suspect in real life he would have been banished to some place much less cushy and much more cold. For that reason, I had to work fairly hard at suspending my disbelief to continue with this book. I did, though, enjoy reading about the enduring friendships he formed over the years.

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Laoshi
Jul 31, 2017

I was sad to finish reading A Gentleman in Moscow. You become so fond of the character. Towles' writing is thoughtful, literate, philosophical, humorous even suspenseful! Now I have to read his first book.

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elos
Jul 21, 2017

I just finished this and my heart is too full to write a review. I just want to sit and enjoy it.

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lpdimond
Jul 12, 2017

This book has it all. A delightfully likeable protagonist, historical information, interesting secondary characters, humor (in abundance) and pathos. Highly recommended.

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JLMason
Jul 08, 2017

This delightful book is imbued with the manners, grace, and elegant turns of phrase from a century ago in a recently post-tsarist Russia. “Having acknowledged that a man must master his circumstances or otherwise be mastered by them," the former Count makes the best of his house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel while observing the gradual erosion of etiquette and higher learning that were the hallmarks of upper society. But the charming and witty Count is not and never was a snob. He is a kind man who takes a keen interest in all around him and finds new riches in his smaller world, adapting with dignity, good nature, and perspicacity while Russian society changes over the decades. Underlain with wry humour and perceptive observations about life there is a fairy tale quality to this book, which, if it has a moral, is to live in the moment and take pleasure in the many small things that seem ordinary: a shower of falling apple blossoms, the redolence of a saffron-infused bouillabaisse, and moments shared with fellow travellers on life’s journey. Take the time to appreciate a story told in beautiful prose with gentle charm and read this book!

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meggynbun
Jul 07, 2017

I found the first 3/4 of the book slow, dull and lacking plot. The last 1/4 got more interesting, but was rushed. There were a couple incidents at the end that I felt were uncharacteristic of the protagonist. Throughout the entire book, I wasn't a fan of all the philosophical dialog.

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ilokaye53
Jul 04, 2017

I am on the waiting list and look forward to reading this novel. I recently read "Agent 6" by Tom Rob Smith (life story of a KGB agent).

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Candaceb108
Jun 28, 2017

Oh what a book, what a read. What subtle political commentary....about Russia. Fabulous story, characters. You care, you cry, you wonder, you are elevated, educated, humored, touched, and grateful not to have been a Russian in Soviet Russia or a Chinese during Moa's NOT Revolution.

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terber
Jun 13, 2017

I want everyone to read this book!

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