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

by Amor Towles (Author)

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"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..."--… (more)
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What a lovely story this is. Set in post revolution Russia and focuses on a man, an aristocrat who dodged the bullets that the others got. Instead, he is sentenced to house arrest. But he lives in a hotel, one of the finest in Moscow.

You really need to suspend disbelief on this one, but if you can do that you will be well rewarded. The way I managed that was by seeing an older Jeremy Irons as the main character.

As if house arrest is not enough he is removed from his luxury suite and banished to a tiny room in the attic.

Instead of the walls closing in on him, the opposite seems to occur. Then one day he is given guardianship of a small girl!

Obviously this is fiction, even though I caught a review from someone complaining that the story was to fantastic for Russia at that time, they also complained that the science was not correct.

Although it is set in a hotel and barely goes out of the doors, the background of post revolution Russia provides an illuminating backdrop.

I can’t recommend this book too highly, if it was 800 pages longer I would only have been happier for longer.

It was thoroughly heartwarming and I enjoyed every page. There is a surprise ending that I never saw coming. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Delightful read peppered with insights into life in Russia/USSR during those transformative decades. Charming protagonist surrounded by loyal friends. Human resilience, resourcefulness, education (not just in the academic sense), humour, graciousness... ( )
  angelinahue | Sep 20, 2020 |
I LOVED this book. I loved everything about it. I loved the beautiful, meandering prose, which ever so slowly and carefully inserts the reader into the Count's manner of considering the world. I loved the sprawling cast of characters, spanning decades- both for themselves and for the ensemble of good and evil, family and foe, that they create. I loved the way the story flirted with the politics of Soviet Russia in the context of one man and his nearest and dearest. I loved the time jumps and the footnotes, the exquisite details and descriptions. This novel is expansively gorgeous, at once meditative and thrilling.

A short warning, before I recommend it to absolutely everyone I know: this book is not a fast book. It's slow and absorptive, but utterly enthralling and beautiful. Don't look for gold instantly, but uncover it slowly. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
I LOVED this book. I loved everything about it. I loved the beautiful, meandering prose, which ever so slowly and carefully inserts the reader into the Count's manner of considering the world. I loved the sprawling cast of characters, spanning decades- both for themselves and for the ensemble of good and evil, family and foe, that they create. I loved the way the story flirted with the politics of Soviet Russia in the context of one man and his nearest and dearest. I loved the time jumps and the footnotes, the exquisite details and descriptions. This novel is expansively gorgeous, at once meditative and thrilling.

A short warning, before I recommend it to absolutely everyone I know: this book is not a fast book. It's slow and absorptive, but utterly enthralling and beautiful. Don't look for gold instantly, but uncover it slowly. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
I LOVED this book. I loved everything about it. I loved the beautiful, meandering prose, which ever so slowly and carefully inserts the reader into the Count's manner of considering the world. I loved the sprawling cast of characters, spanning decades- both for themselves and for the ensemble of good and evil, family and foe, that they create. I loved the way the story flirted with the politics of Soviet Russia in the context of one man and his nearest and dearest. I loved the time jumps and the footnotes, the exquisite details and descriptions. This novel is expansively gorgeous, at once meditative and thrilling.

A short warning, before I recommend it to absolutely everyone I know: this book is not a fast book. It's slow and absorptive, but utterly enthralling and beautiful. Don't look for gold instantly, but uncover it slowly. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
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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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"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..."--

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