A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Large Print - 2016
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A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. When, in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov 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 entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524708696
Characteristics: 719 pages (large print) maps ; 24 cm


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Amor Towles’ novel begins a few years after the Revolution, when the Bolsheviks sentence Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest in the Metropol, the grand  hotel across the street from the Kremlin. There he remains while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold just outside t... Read More »

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.

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Mar 17, 2018

I loved reading this book. So Russian. Count Rostov is confined to the Metropole hotel for life in 1922 for being an aristocrat. History rolls by outside and Count Rostov learns to adapt inside. The words of his father inspire him - "One must either master one's circumstances or be mastered by them." Within the walls of the hotel and over the years he falls into despair, retreats from suicide, makes deep friendships, has engaging work that calls upon his talents, has a great love and also cares for a child who is the child of another child for whom he cared. The first child grows up in the hotel, explores with Rostov and leaves him with her pass key. She goes off to fight with the serious world outside of the hotel and only comes back to leave Rostov her daughter to care for. It is a ramble and wonderful to read.

Mar 14, 2018

Five stars doesn’t even begin to describe the wonderfulness of this book. I was enchanted from start to finish. Count Rostov, a member of the Russian elite, was sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. He was moved from his former sumptuous quarters to a cramped upper room and eventually became a waiter in the dining room he had frequented as a guest. Unexpectedly, he was asked to take care of a friend’s daughter for a short while. The “short while” turned in to the rest of his life. Through it all, he remained the epitome of a gentleman. He was kind and thoughtful to others and relished the moments and relationships that enriched his life (and too often pass unnoticed by those of us who have a wealth of them). He reminded me of Mr Pettigrew in Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. What an antidote to the self-absorption and hostility towards others so prevalent today.

Mar 13, 2018

If you have an interest in Russian history ; particularly around 1918 you will appreciate this historical fiction. Grounded in history from the personal perspective of a former Soviet elite who is exiled to house arrest in a prominent hotel, the reader is given insight into all levels of society during this tumultuous time. Highly recommended!

Feb 22, 2018

Not the book I thought it would be. Turns into a thriller at the end. Enjoyed it, though.

Jan 30, 2018

What a wonderful story. You must take a chance and read it.

Jan 25, 2018

It's a fairy tale, and I could not suspend disbelief quite enough to really buy into it -- so much expensive wine, for example. While the tale is implausible, it has its charm.

Jan 23, 2018

Very entertaining book. The characters are very charming and clever. Just a fun read! But you will also learn more about the Russian Revolution and how it affected the Russian people. You may even want to do some background reading in Russian history. This is one of my favorite book club reads of 2017.

Jan 15, 2018

This is a delightful book. It starts out very quiet and ends with a real twist. If you want excitement, this book is not for you.

Jan 11, 2018

I wasn't excited about reading this book. One main character and one setting-it just didn't seem like something that would move enough to keep me occupied. I was hooked after two pages. The writing is great. The character development...well there really are only a few characters that get developed in this story and normally that would be problematic for me; but the characters that do get tended to are people I wish I knew in real life. I've never enjoyed a protagonist this much (especially not one who is so damn perfect in his behavior).

Jan 02, 2018

Definitely one of the best books of 2017, a must read. Wonderfully woven historical fiction that will capture and intrigue you. And if it slowes down here and there, rest assured that the ending will keep you up all night!

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Mar 14, 2018

The author shows insight into the customs. language, and values of his characters and their time. In just a few words he makes the reader picture the scene and often leaves gaps of years, leaving an explanation of what happened during this time for later in the story. A book that I couldn't put down.


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