A Gentleman in Moscow
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“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.
“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
From Publishers Weekly
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Excellent read, loved the Count
This was one of my favorite books I have read in awhile. A Count, sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol hotel in Moscow in 1922, witnesses the arc of history from his unique perspective, through many decades. The color of the characters, the changing story with the changing times, was a wonderful read. I had read Towles' Rules of Civility before this but this book was MUCH better. Didn't want it to end. Great read....
Only a quarter of my way through the book...
But I may not have the fortitude to finish. This is such a far cry from Rules of Civility, which certainly set the bar very high. Is there actually a story here or just mundane daily activities described in language that forces the average reader to pull out the Merriam-Webster at least once or twice per chapter? I'll admit to deficits in my intimate knowledge of Russian history so please, Mr. Towles, fill us in a little as trudge through. Part of the reason I love historical fiction is that it fills in the gaps of my historical knowledge while entertaining me.
A must read!
Beautifully written! Couldn't put it down!