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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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If anything, the description of this book underestimates, under-describes, and undervalues the beauty and erudition of this book.
There are quotable sentiments on almost every page. People come to life in an environment where simple things rule the day. The depth of emotion of each dialog caused me to have to control myself and slow down, to savor the words, savor the scenes, savor the emotions. You can’t rush through this book. Well, you can, and you will still love it, but you will miss a lot. Guaranteed.

I probably spent 2 or 3 hours simply looking things up – people, events, the Metropol itself, the Kremlin, recipes, clocks, and a dozen other things that because they interested the Count interested me.

He reinvents himself with the harsh sentence of house arrest, determined to not give in to despair, laziness, or to show by even one expression that this is not how Count Rostov expects to live his life.

Explaining any of the plot gives most of it away, so I’ll refrain. Suffice to say that I would love to meet the Count at time in his life. I’d be impressed and seduced by his presence, wit, intelligence and grace. ( )
3 vote karenmarie | Sep 19, 2017 |
Another tour de force from the author of The Rules of Civility. This time we have Count Alexander Rostov who, in 1922, is declared a "non-person" by the Soviet government and sentences to serve out his life under house arrest in Moscow's Hotel Metropol.

Every effort is made to humiliate the count: he is given a minuscule room in the hotel's attic to live in, he is made a waiter in the hotel restaurant,and the hotel's manager uses small acts of cruelty to wear him down. But the Count never loses his sang froid. He remains the perfect, affable gentleman at all times.

As his physical world narrows, he expands his personal world through the realm of the mind. He befriends a young girl who shows him the hotel's mysteries. A glamorous actress finds him fascinating and a host of people become his friends: the hotel seamstress, the tempermental hotel chef, the restaurant's maitre d', a high Soviet official and an affable American diplomat

Life could seemingly go on like this forever, but one day the Count finds himself responsible for a young girl and henceforth he uses every resource at his disposal to see that she never comes to harm.

Written with both warmth and humor,this book holds the reader's attention through its myriad cast of characters and it various plot twists and turns. I hope Towles has a lot more books in him because I cannot wait to see what comes next. ( )
  etxgardener | Sep 19, 2017 |
Where to begin. I am a better person for having read this book. ( )
  sblock | Sep 18, 2017 |
What a wonderful story this is! Towles shows his respect and fondness for history, and the different personalities inhabiting his hotel, and for Russia itself. He has written with humour and drama, and with a deft sense of when to explain and when to let you find out for yourself. I don't think I have ever before laughed and cried when reading a paragraph, even for the second and third time.

I didn't want this story to end. ( )
  nhlsecord | Sep 15, 2017 |
This is going to take me a bit to process, but I do know this: I loved it. Bravo, Mr. Towles! I kept having to check your author bio out, because I was just sure that you were somehow Russian. In fact, are you just the well, very well, preserved Count? What a gem, and to think this came from an American writer. There is so much more to this than meets the eye. ( )
  sydsavvy | Sep 5, 2017 |
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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
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.
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.

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