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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (original 2016; edition 2016)

by Amor Towles (Author)

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Title:A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel
Authors:Amor Towles (Author)
Info:Viking (2016), Edition: 1, 480 pages
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)

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A delightful novel. Starting with a charming lead character and marvelous prose, the novel takes many turns and holds your attention. Wonderful characters and a thrilling ending, one of the best books I’ve read in years. ( )
  dugmel | Aug 10, 2018 |
Love the gentleman.....Unique premise, beautifully developed and executed ( )
  mlhershey | Aug 9, 2018 |
Count Rostov is one of those special characters that some authors have the gift of bringing into our lives. He's a wonderful mix of personalities, a little bit Sherlock Holmes with an eclectic knowledge, a little bit Jeeves set in his gentlemanly ways and a little of the bon vivant Lord Peter Wimsey. He was a young man when accused by the Bolsheviks and forced to live for the next 30 years under house arrest in The Metropol Hotel. He lives a life of measured comfort, visited by his jailers, in the company of old friends and sees others come and go through his life like the seasons he watches from the window of his attic room. Life for Count Rostov is neither dull nor hash just controlled, yet in spite of all that is available to him he is lonely. Lonely until something unexpected happens. Something he never expected to happen. He gets a daughter. ( )
1 vote Fliss88 | Aug 6, 2018 |
Nope, didn’t think I’d like this book despite all the 5 star reviews. By golly, they were right. The closest comparison I can think of is Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland series. Only this takes you from pre-revolutionary Russia up to the mid-1950s. And the story is told all from the point of view of a former aristocrat held in house arrest at a classy Moscow hotel. This turned out to be one of m favorite books, with a wonderful end, but not what I expected. ( )
  brangwinn | Aug 5, 2018 |
What an utterly charming piece of fluff. I was put off by the slow start, but once I gave myself over to the almost fairy-tale like qualities, I rather enjoyed this wonderful mishmash of [b:Eloise|782854|Eloise |Kay Thompson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348009989s/782854.jpg|768864], [b:A Man Called Ove|18774964|A Man Called Ove|Fredrik Backman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1405259930s/18774964.jpg|21619954] and the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg movie, The Terminal. (Maybe Colin Hanks and Tom could split the role of Count Rostov for the inevitable adaptation?) ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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July 1, 2016
In his remarkable first novel, the best-selling Rules of Civility (2011), Towles etched 1930s New York in crystalline relief. Though set a world away in Moscow over the course of three decades, his latest polished literary foray into a bygone era is just as impressive. Sentenced as an incorrigible aristocrat in 1922 by the Bolsheviks to a life of house arrest in a grand Moscow hotel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is spared the firing squad on the basis of a revolutionary poem he penned as an idealistic youth. Condemned, instead, to live his life confined to the indoor parameters of Metropol Hotel, he eschews bitterness in favor of committing himself to practicalities. As he carves out a new existence for himself in his shabby attic room and within the magnificent walls of the hotel-at-large, his conduct, his resolve, and his commitment to his home and to the hotel guests and staff together form a triumph of the human spirit. As Moscow undergoes vast political changes and countless social upheavals, Rostov remains, implacably and unceasingly, a gentleman. Towles presents an imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2016 Booklist
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How well I remember

When it came as a visitor on foot
And dwelt a while amongst us
A melody in the semblance of a mountain cat.

Well, where is our purpose now?

Like so many questions
I answer this one
With the eye-averted peeling of a pear.

With a bow I bid goodnight
And pass through terrace doors
Into the simple splendors
Of another temperate spring;

But this much I know;

It is not lost among the autumn leaves on Peter's Square.
It is not among the ashes in the Athenaeum ash cans.
It is not inside the blue pagodas of your fine Chinoiserie.

It is not in Vronsky's saddlebags;
Not in Sonnet XXX, stanza one;
Not on twenty-seven red...

                                    Where Is It Now? (Lines 1-19)
                         Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov   1913
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For Stokley and Esme
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At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.
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Mindful of their surroundings, the three damsels would initially speak in the hushed voices of gentility; but swept away by the currents of their own emotions, their voices would inevitably rise, such that by 11:15, even the most discreet enjoyer of a pastry would have no choice but to eavesdrop on the thousand-layered complications of their hearts.
The crowded confusion of furniture gave the Count's little domain the look of a consignment shop in the Arbat.
Yes, some claimed Emile Zhukovsky was a curmudgeon and others called him abrupt. Some said he was a short man with a shorter temper.
It was a place where Russians cut from every cloth could come to linger over coffee, happen upon friends, stumble into arguments, or drift into dalliances—and where the lone diner seated under the great glass ceiling could indulge himself in admiration, indignation, suspicion, and laughter without getting up from his chair.
Tall and thin, with a narrow head and superior demeanor, he looked rather like a bishop that had been plucked from a chessboard.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670026190, Hardcover)

“The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe.” Town & Country

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 01 May 2016 17:55:00 -0400)

""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"--… (more)

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