A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Book - 2016
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A New York Times bestseller

"The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut, Rules of Civility , shapes [ A Gentleman in Moscow ]" - Entertainment Weekly
"Elegant... as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg" - O, the Oprah Magazine
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 

"Towles's greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends.  With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia." - The New York Times Book Review

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
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670026197
Branch Call Number: FIC TOW
Characteristics: 462 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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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.

Dec 28, 2017

Easily one of the best books I have read this year. Towles' prose is delightful to read. His writing paints the events. His characters are warm and realistic. There is more than a little suspense to his writing. I was torn by wanting to gobble up the pages and wanting to leisurely spend hours at the hotel.

Dec 26, 2017

My favorite book this year.

Dec 14, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brings a refreshing sense of the manners, grace and heartfelt care for others that our society has left behind or found without value. It was a joy to read.

AL_ANDREW Dec 11, 2017

Towles weaves together themes of time, relationships, freedom, and life with a very accessible writing style. While not unique, the static setting over the period of several decades while the world outside ebbs and flows makes for a highly entertaining read due to the changes in relationships and culture.

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