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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (172 POCHE) (original 2016; edition 2019)

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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Title:A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (172 POCHE)
Authors:Amor Towles (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)

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El Conde Alexander Ilyich Rostov se acaba de convertir en uno de mis personajes favoritos.
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  Pindarix | Jul 15, 2021 |
Wonderful. Moving. Unexpected. I refuse to insult this book by attempting to describe the plot. No description can do justice to the beauty of the story as it unspools. The book is about life, life being lived and life being observed. Far from being limited by the constraints of the plot, the scope is wide and all encompassing. I was totally captivated by all the people I got to know and the 460 pages flew by. I am so happy to have read this book. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
What can be said that hasn't already been told about "A Gentleman." Thanks to Mr. Towles for allowing me to enter the world of the Metropol while convalescing from a broken toe and the flu (one after the other). I tried reading "Gentleman" when it first came out but I wasn't in the right frame of mind. You have to be patient and join the Count on his inward journey. Meet and love the characters.

What a joy this was. It will be hard to beat. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, born in 1890, is an unrepentant aristocrat, leading a life of privilege. In 1922, he is hauled in front of a Bolshevik tribunal and convicted; however, he is spared a firing squad as the purported author of a poem written in 1913 satirizing the corruption of the rich and shameless. Instead, he is spared and sentenced to live his entire life on the premises of the Hotel Metropol, without ever setting foot outside. But, he is kicked out of his luxury suite surrounded by family heirlooms and moved to a cramped attic room, which had been used in the past as servant's quarters. The book follows the whimsical tale of his life in a comfortable prison, with excellent restaurants.

The book falls short of a five star rating because it's awfully slow at times. Yet, Towles writes a interesting tale of a moral man, who is able to befriend all: a cantankerous chef, a movie star who mistreats her dogs, an abandoned nine-year old girl, a seamstress, a military man interested in understanding the West, and many others. Towles' characters are terrific, and the situations in which Rostov finds himself more often preposterous than not. For example, he becomes a foster father to the nine year old's daughter, without knowing a thing about fatherhood. There is also much insight into the Russian psyche. I liked this book much better than The Rules of Civility.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I'm not rating this one. It was a DNF for me. The writing was wonderful and the characters were nicely developed but I think, when it comes down do it, I could not give a wit about the rich or royalty...even when they've lost their status. I got 42% of the way through and ran out of time since the audiobook is long and the library only allows 3 weeks...which isn't long when a book feels like a chore to listen to. I can see why people love this book but it's just not for me.
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
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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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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.
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