2016 . Historical Fiction, Fiction . Amor Towles
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. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, “Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.” 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. Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavour to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
0143110438 (ISBN13: 9780143110439)
2 months ago
There was a point in the middle where I put this book down and had to force myself to pick it back up again. Glad I finished, but "Good" is as good as I can say about it. Liked his other book much better.
3 months ago
A Russian count undergoes 30 years of house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across from the Kremlin.
1 year ago
The name and the first few pages sound a bit bland and I wouldn't have persevered if it hadn't been a book club book but I am so glad I did as it was excellent. The language is evocative the characters well drawn and the politics nuanced. Enjoy!