A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Book - 2016
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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."
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780670026197
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOWLE...A
Characteristics: 462 pages : illustration ; 24 cm


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"First reason is that many patron's have asked why it has not been chosen as the Greenwich Reads.
Next it is a great story! Then there is the fact from his bio on line, showing he has a lot in common with many who live in our town; "Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles gradua... Read More »

"Besides being a wonderfully written and enjoyable book, it takes place in Russia which is in our news every day. It would be a wonderful way to introduce Russian history and culture to our community. " -- Karen Kelly

"A beautifully written character study, with a central protagonist of high intelligence and great charm. The action takes place within one building in central Moscow, where all the other characters - each one deeply drawn and fascinating - eventually gather around our 'gentleman' to enrich t... Read More »

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Feb 22, 2018

Not the book I thought it would be. Turns into a thriller at the end. Enjoyed it, though.

Jan 30, 2018

What a wonderful story. You must take a chance and read it.

Jan 25, 2018

It's a fairy tale, and I could not suspend disbelief quite enough to really buy into it -- so much expensive wine, for example. While the tale is implausible, it has its charm.

Jan 23, 2018

Very entertaining book. The characters are very charming and clever. Just a fun read! But you will also learn more about the Russian Revolution and how it affected the Russian people. You may even want to do some background reading in Russian history. This is one of my favorite book club reads of 2017.

Jan 15, 2018

This is a delightful book. It starts out very quiet and ends with a real twist. If you want excitement, this book is not for you.

Jan 11, 2018

I wasn't excited about reading this book. One main character and one setting-it just didn't seem like something that would move enough to keep me occupied. I was hooked after two pages. The writing is great. The character development...well there really are only a few characters that get developed in this story and normally that would be problematic for me; but the characters that do get tended to are people I wish I knew in real life. I've never enjoyed a protagonist this much (especially not one who is so damn perfect in his behavior).

Jan 02, 2018

Definitely one of the best books of 2017, a must read. Wonderfully woven historical fiction that will capture and intrigue you. And if it slowes down here and there, rest assured that the ending will keep you up all night!

Dec 31, 2017

This story is a great read. A welcome repose from many of the books I read that are too busy, or, which seems likely, written by a team! The Count is a man to learn from, the author's style of writing is a joy. Enjoy.

Dec 29, 2017

Loved it. It is excellent. Alexander Rostov will endear himself to you.

bookloverjane Dec 28, 2017

A wonderful read - great characters, interesting situations, against the background of Russian history.

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