A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

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. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegant...


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TitleA Gentleman in Moscow
ISBN9780670026197
Author
Release DateSep 6th, 2016
PublisherViking
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages462 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia, Historical, Audiobook
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Reviews A Gentleman in Moscow

  • Brina
    2017-01-22
    In the year 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol. Once of the landed elite of Nizhy Novgorod, the Count must live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room. As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution, no long are there ruling classes in Russia, only comrades. It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no longer step...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2016-11-03
    Vyshinsky: Why did you write the poem?Rosov: It demanded to be written. I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.Vyshinksy: And where was that exactly?Rostov: In the south parlor at Idlehour.Vyshinksy: Idlehour?Rosov: The Rostov estate in Nizhny Novgorod.Vyshinksy: Ah, yes. Of course. How apt. But let us return our attention to your poem. Coming as it did-in the more subdue...
  • Jen
    2016-10-12
    I wanted to savour this one, word for word. Towles bestows on us a language to be treasured; a story to be remembered.This was a remarkably enchanting narrative with a charming character. A gentleman, Rostov, has been put under hotel arrest. For the next several years, as he serves his time, relationships are cultivated from employees to guests to the visitors he receives and to a young girl whom he becomes a guardian for.Very descriptive - I tas...
  • Diane S ☔
    2016-03-21
    5+ The Hotel Metropol in Moscow, within sight of the Kremlin, will see much in the coming years. It will also become the home and prison of the former person known as the Count Alexander Rostov. Sentenced by a Bolshevk Tribunal for seditious poetry he is confined for life in this Hotel. Summarily taken from the suite he had inhabited for four years, he is brought to the attic and given one of the storage rooms as his new home.One of the most wond...
  • Elyse
    2016-11-23
    Tears were streaming down my face the last several pages. Turning each page slower - and slower - breathless - filled with gratitude- overwhelmed by what this rare book offers and then delivering a wonderful satisfying ending......to the already - rich- wonderful-absolutely marvelous novel. Goose bumps and butterfly fluttering.....the writing is pulsing with life. Amor Towles'sleading man...."Count Rostov" ....[Alexander Ilyich Rostov]....or "Sas...
  • Angela M
    2015-12-27
    I wanted to read this because of the wonderful story that Towles gave us in Rules of Civility, that wonderful sense of time and place - New York in the 1930's. This is a different story, but what is the same is the brilliant story telling, the amazing sense of time and place. This time we see Moscow starting in 1922 snd spanning 30 years, through the eyes of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and we get a window view of what is happening in Moscow, in...
  • Candace
    2017-02-04
    'A Gentleman in Moscow' tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live out the rest of his life on "house arrest" in the Metropol hotel, following his "conviction" by a Bolshevik tribunal. He was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and is stripped of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime. From one of the hotel's most prestigious guests, to a member of the wait staff, Count Rostov manages his fall from grace with poi...
  • Karen
    2016-07-12
    Read others reviews of this book for I cannot do it justice, but I will say I just loved it, loved the Count and his interactions with everyone, especially Nina, and later Sophia. So many times this gentleman had me laugh out loud. I would have loved to have met him!
  • Larry Hoffer
    2016-12-11
    This really was a special book, one which at times felt almost magical.Count Alexander Rostov was always a man who enjoyed the finer things in life. He was always nattily dressed, participating in intelligent conversation, enjoying fine food and drink, and the company of erudite and beautiful people. Rostov lived in grand fashion in Moscow's Hotel Metropol, a hotel just across the street from the Kremlin, and he thrived on being a part of the buz...
  • Cheri
    2016-10-30
    In 1922 the Bolshevik Tribunal sentences Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, an aristocrat, to house arrest in the Metropol hotel. A gentleman, he makes the best of it, always treating others with kindness, always adapting to the ever-changing world, the new Russian regime, with poise and elegance. Even as the Soviets demand more from him and in exchange provide less, he remains unruffled. And so he lives in the Metropol, his view of the world that re...
  • Candi
    2016-11-19
    "… the Count hadn’t the temperament for revenge; he hadn’t the imagination for epics; and he certainly hadn’t the fanciful ego to dream of empires restored. No. His model for mastering his circumstances would be a different sort of captive altogether: an Anglican washed ashore. Like Robinson Crusoe stranded on the Isle of Despair, the Count would maintain his resolve by committing to the business of practicalities. Having dispensed with d...
  • Cathrine ☯
    2017-01-06
    5★If you are overly committed with reading challenges and attempting to plow through many books in a certain amount of time this is one to save and savor after you calm down. You will want to apply your A-game reading skills to the pages or much delight could be missed.Amor Towles is an aristocrat of an author to my working class cognitive skills and this certainly made me want to be a better reader (not to mention reviewer). Allow me the use o...
  • Dianne
    2016-12-12
    A charming, sophisticated and deeply moving book - it took me a really long time to read because it required my utmost concentration. Attention must be paid to the characters, the literary and artistic references, the history of Russia and the intelligent and witty dialogue. I loved the book and oh, how I loved Count Rostov! He is the very definition of the word "gentleman."I encourage you to set aside the time to read this elegant novel thorough...
  • Norma
    2017-01-18
    "Sister Read" Review by Norma & BrendaBrenda and I definitely have different opinions on how well we enjoyed this book but do share similar thoughts on what we both got out of it.  For the purpose of this review it gets a combined rating of 3.5 stars. Brenda gives it 4 stars and I give it 3 stars.  For Brenda: A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW reminded me to be gracious, kind and to appreciate the small things again. To look at life with some humor and lau...
  • Adina
    2016-12-05
    I can define this book with one word, namely charming. As the word’s definition states, the book was very pleasant and attractive, thanks to its protagonist, count Alexander Rostov.When the Bolsheviks came to power Count Rostov is sentenced to home arrest in Hotel Metropol, one of the most famous and elegant establishments of this kind in Moscow. Moved from his quarters to a small attic room, the Count needs to adjust to life in confinement and...
  • Dem
    2017-03-07
    First I have to to admit I had not intended to read this book as I had decided some time ago after reading a Goodread friends 5 star review and realising all the elements of the story that she loved were going to be the reasons I might not enjoy it as much. But a real life friend bought me a copy of this for Christmas and I really felt obliged to read it as she had enjoyed it so much and I knew we would discuss it at some stage. The Novel is char...
  • Lori
    2016-10-25
    Perfectly delightful! Throughout this I kept thinking about the story Eloise at the Plaza... this is like hearing the story told from the Grandmothers perspective. Alexander is an endearing character that I will not forget and is one of those fictional characters I'd love to meet. Towles use of the hotel as a setting worked very well in conveying the many themes of this story... a changing society, chance encounters and of making the most of life...
  • Maxwell
    2016-09-23
    I've been stewing over this book for the last few hours and trying to figure out how exactly to talk about it. Ultimately, this is one of those books that I don't have really anything negative to say about it. It's a well-written and clearly well-researched novel. It's tender, too. It has that heart-warming quality at times that makes you remember why you love curling up with a good book. And although the first 50 pages or so were a bit sluggish,...
  • Sara
    2016-10-20
    I am basking in the afterglow of this novel. It is among the BEST I have read this year. Towles’ writing style is so comfortable, his command of the subject so complete, his humor so subtle and charming, that I could have read on and on.In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocrat who is saved from being shot by having written a significant poem in favor of the people, is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol Hotel. He is removed from his...
  • Michael
    2017-02-09
    This beguiling book achieves for me what I tend to seek in all literature, a roadmap of how to live life. The story of Count Alexander Rostov living his life in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel after being sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in the early 20’s was delightful and charming. He shows us how to adapt to misfortune and strive to bring out the best in people. He reveals for us how to be a true aesthete, one who discerns the beauty in...
  • Marita
    2016-11-11
    ***There are no spoilers in this review***"It is a well-known fact that of all the species on earth Homo sapiens is among the most adaptable. Settle a tribe of them in a desert and they will wrap themselves in cotton, sleep in tents, and travel on the backs of camels; settle them in the Arctic and they will wrap themselves in sealskin, sleep in igloos, and travel by dog-drawn sled. And if you settle them in a Soviet climate? They will learn to ma...
  • Margitte
    2016-11-06
    A gentleman in Moscow. An honorable man. Born to be served, destined to serve. 1922. RUSSIAThere was so much to celebrate. The Russo-Japanese War ended in 1905; the next seventeen years saw the country suffer through a world war, a civil war, two famines, and the so-called Red Terror. In short, it had been through an era of upheaval that had spared none. Whether one’s leanings were left or right, Red or White, whether one’s personal circumst...
  • Liz
    2016-10-07
    It has been a while since a book has made me feel the way that this one has. Having just finished it an hour ago and still feeling so much, it’s not easy to put into words. How beautiful. How elegant. How completely immersed in this I have been. I would give this book 6 stars if I could. To start, the writing. From page 1 to page 462, it is divine. I can think of no better word to describe it. Towles evokes the pitch perfect atmosphere for each...
  • Agnieszka
    2016-11-21
    I liked A Gentleman in Moscow very much so don’t get me wrong when I am going to say that it’s not a great novel. But mind you, I'm not saying that as an objection, by this I only mean that it's not any eye-opener to me; there are neither revealing facts nor revolutionary things or ideas one could discuss and arguing about. No, this novel is just charming, no more and no less. It leaves you warmed inside with smile lingering on your face. It...
  • Chrissie
    2016-07-13
    When everybody raves about a book, and then I don't care for it much, well I feel kind of depressed.I will explain my reaction. Much depends on what you are looking for. First and foremost this is a novel, a fairy tale, a fantastical story. A mystery, suspense and the question is: will all turn out well? Will good win over evil? I prefer books that are gritty, depressing even sad, as long as they are realistic.There are lots of historical tidbits...
  • Diane Barnes
    2016-10-10
    Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is my new role model for a life well lived. For the crime of being born an aristocrat in Russia, and a little matter of some mis-worded poetry, he is sentenced to life inside the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. The Count firmly believes that a man must master his circumstances, or otherwise be mastered by them, so he does just that. He creates an entire world for himself within the walls of the Metropol. It doesn't hurt th...
  • Ron Charles
    2016-09-19
    How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed new novel by Amor Towles stretches out with old-World elegance. “A Gentleman in Moscow” offers a chance to sink back into a lost attitude of aristocracy — equal parts urbane and humane — just what we might expect from the author of that 2011 bestseller “Rules of Civility.” But if Towles’s story is an escape we crave, it is also, ironically, a story of imprisonment.T...
  • Phrynne
    2017-02-04
    What a beautiful book. This one will almost certainly be in my top five reads for 2017. It was perfect.Count Alexander Rostov is one of those characters who lives on long after you have finished the book. Imagine being confined to one hotel for thirty years of your life, never able to even step outside its doors. Yet Rostov not only does not give up, he actually makes a wonderful life for himself and enjoys every day. I loved him for his kindness...
  • Ann Marie
    2016-08-14
    "Some years later, the Count would come to understand that he had been looking at the matter upside down. The pace of evolution was not something to be frightened by. For while nature doesn't have a stake in whether the wings of a peppered moth are black or white, it genuinely hopes that the peppered moth will persist."A Gentleman in Moscow is the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and his sentence to life-long house arrest at the Metropol Ho...
  • PorshaJo
    2017-02-10
    Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to house arrest, except his 'house' arrest is confinement to the luxurious hotel Metropol. Should he leave the Metropol, he will be shot immediately. You get a view of his life by looking from the outside in. You see him living, working, entertaining, and growing over many years of his life in the hotel. His friendships with the staff at the hotel, his interactions with Anna, Nina, Sophia, and others are...