A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

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On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.
Publisher: ©2016
New York, NY :, Viking,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670026197
Characteristics: 462 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Summary: On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

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MaryAatHorner
Dec 14, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brings a refreshing sense of the manners, grace and heartfelt care for others that our society has left behind or found without value. It was a joy to read.

AL_ANDREW Dec 11, 2017

Towles weaves together themes of time, relationships, freedom, and life with a very accessible writing style. While not unique, the static setting over the period of several decades while the world outside ebbs and flows makes for a highly entertaining read due to the changes in relationships and culture.

AL_TATYANA Nov 20, 2017

Thirty-year old Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, in 1922. How true does this sound?!
I would call this novel a historic fantasy which permits Towles to immerse into the nostalgic elegance of the Russian nobility. The author is like a magician who draws the curtain to open up the whole era of Soviet Russia and draws the curtain down to finish this beautiful and elegant show.

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bba391
Oct 28, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable book. Well written with an amazing cast of characters. A welcome change of pace.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 16, 2017

Elegantly and intelligently written, the action takes place after the Russian revolution (early 1920's) and chronicles the adventures (mostly emotional) of a man sentenced to spend his remaining years in captivity at the hotel in Moscow which he's long used as his second home. Count Rostov was sentenced through a tribunal which decided not to execute him, but to sentence him to life imprisonment instead, but he leads a surprisingly rich and ultimately rewarding life of the mind inside the hotel. A lovely, sprightly and humorous book. Richly rewarding to read. Highly recommend this one!

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doxland
Oct 12, 2017

Fine writing. One can easily identify with this character and the his situation.
Excellent book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Five Star!

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vega6e
Sep 21, 2017

One of the best stories I have read in years.

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lbracker
Sep 12, 2017

Delightful, charming, surprising - a flawless novel. Truly an astounding achievement.

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furlan
Sep 09, 2017

This was a wonderful book. Well written, clever, humorous, with wonderful characters. Best book I have read in a long time

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mariahallowell
Aug 29, 2017

Charming story with wonderful descriptions. I often felt like I was right "there" with the characters. Beautiful cadence made ebbs and flows of activity poetic.

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