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]
ISBN: 9780670026197
Branch Call Number: Fiction Tow
Characteristics: 462 pages : illustration ; 24 cm


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Apr 08, 2020

This is a charming book, from the characters to the location to the plot. It's much like the protagonist - elegant, knowledgable and well-spoken. I fell in love with this aristocratic "unperson" right from the start and imagine most readers do too. It's not a page turner but you don't want it to be. This is one to savour. It will stay with me for some time.

Mar 10, 2020

One of the best books I've read in a long time! An interesting story, beautifully written!

Feb 20, 2020

This was a great read and I loved Count Rostov-he WAS a true gentleman! And I learned a little about city of Moscow & some Russian history too. A very well written novel.

Feb 13, 2020

I read this book while listening to a Youtube 10-hour thunder and rain background. It seemed to fit the novel, which is based in Russia, beautifully. This novel is a truly wonderful read, rightfully earning all of the 5-star ratings. It has great depth, history, an understanding of people, and so many more layers to offer, that it deserves to be reread several times.

Feb 05, 2020

i love it and thought it very well written.

Jan 24, 2020

Absolutely loved the more sophisticated sense of humour of the book. And it was fascinating how the author described the life of the Count in the Metropol, without in any way belittling or skipping over the horrible events taking place in the Soviet Union throughout this period. It reminded me a lot of author Donald Jack. I will definitely be prioritizing other books by Amor Towles.

Jan 07, 2020

An immensely enjoyable literary journey. Pity it had to end.

Jan 06, 2020

There could never be such a story or such a character in Russia or even in Russian literature. You won't know anything true about Russia or Russian people from this book. Count Rostov here is neither a hero , nor so-called "Little Man" so common in Russian literature , but just an absolutely uninteresting English/American gentleman, mostly caring about food and wine. I gave up after 200 pages-soooo boring and unbelievable. The only good thing after that sad experience is that I finally decided to read Anna Karenina - what a pleasure it was!

Nov 21, 2019

Sorry, no. All I can see are American characters in a Moscow stage-set. The title of the book is telling; a story about a nobleman in Moscow might have been more interesting..

Nov 02, 2019

This book is superb; the kind that you need to dedicate the time and attention that it deserves. It really should be read twice to appreciate the complexity of the characters and the nuances of the plot. It does take a bit of time to get into it, and I probably would have given up if not for the great reviews, and that it was for my book club, but it really does pick up and the ending is quite well done.
Great, great characters!

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Aug 06, 2019

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Jun 05, 2018

“…if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.” - p. 18

Jun 05, 2018

“Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box. . . .” - p. 52

Jun 05, 2018

“Here, indeed, was a formidable sentence--one that was on intimate terms with a comma, and that held the period in healthy disregard.” - p. 68

Jun 05, 2018

“It is a sad but unavoidable fact of life," he began, "that as we age our social circles grow smaller. Whether from increased habit or diminished vigor, we suddenly find ourselves in the company of just a few familiar faces.” - p. 94

Jun 05, 2018

“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.” - pp. 120-121

Jun 05, 2018

“Showing a sense of personal restraint that was almost out of character, the Count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of parental advice. The first was that if one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them; and the second was Montaigne’s maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.” - p. 419


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Mar 14, 2018

The author shows insight into the customs. language, and values of his characters and their time. In just a few words he makes the reader picture the scene and often leaves gaps of years, leaving an explanation of what happened during this time for later in the story. A book that I couldn't put down.


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