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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bba391
Oct 28, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable book. Well written with an amazing cast of characters. A welcome change of pace.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 16, 2017

Elegantly and intelligently written, the action takes place after the Russian revolution (early 1920's) and chronicles the adventures (mostly emotional) of a man sentenced to spend his remaining years in captivity at the hotel in Moscow which he's long used as his second home. Count Rostov was sentenced through a tribunal which decided not to execute him, but to sentence him to life imprisonment instead, but he leads a surprisingly rich and ultimately rewarding life of the mind inside the hotel. A lovely, sprightly and humorous book. Richly rewarding to read. Highly recommend this one!

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doxland
Oct 12, 2017

Fine writing. One can easily identify with this character and the his situation.
Excellent book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Five Star!

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vega6e
Sep 21, 2017

One of the best stories I have read in years.

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lbracker
Sep 12, 2017

Delightful, charming, surprising - a flawless novel. Truly an astounding achievement.

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furlan
Sep 09, 2017

This was a wonderful book. Well written, clever, humorous, with wonderful characters. Best book I have read in a long time

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mariahallowell
Aug 29, 2017

Charming story with wonderful descriptions. I often felt like I was right "there" with the characters. Beautiful cadence made ebbs and flows of activity poetic.

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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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