A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

eBook - 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2016.
ISBN: 9780399564048
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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MaryAatHorner
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.

AL_TATYANA Nov 20, 2017

Thirty-year old Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, in 1922. How true does this sound?!
I would call this novel a historic fantasy which permits Towles to immerse into the nostalgic elegance of the Russian nobility. The author is like a magician who draws the curtain to open up the whole era of Soviet Russia and draws the curtain down to finish this beautiful and elegant show.

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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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