A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
5 Score: 5 (From 1,422 Ratings)
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  • Description

    More than half a million readers have fallen in love with the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow

    “How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

    “‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” —TheSkimm

    “Irresistible . . . [an] elegant period piece . . . as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

    He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

    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.

    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.

    “And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle


    • The Gentleman from Moscow

      By Chocshop
      Fascinating! Wonderful character development & beautiful descriptions. I looked forward to each new page! Far better than Rules of Civility, in my opinion.
    • Definite recommendation

      By Lives "to do"
      Loved this book--the storyline--the characters--the writing style. So enjoyable and entertaining I didn't want it to end.
    • Just wow!

      By Earthen Berm
      What a great read! I didn't want it to end.
    • Extraordinary

      By mohrag
      What a terrific book! Couldn’t put it down. So very different and so very satisfying.
    • A must read

      By Disappointed in Clearwater
      Loved the book from start to finish, rich characters, beautiful writing and a good story!
    • Long, but beautifully written

      By CalifDude
      If you're up for a long read, this is an elegantly written book. There's some interesting historical language and complex vocabulary. I have to admit that every few pages I'm highlighting a word and looking up the meaning. But when I push through and keep reading, I find myself rewarded.
    • Pastiche

      By letopcat
      140 pages in and I don't think I can finish. The narrative is tediously slow and the writing is great if you like characters who carry on silly conversations with cats. The tone is all off. Is this a satire and I'm not getting it? I'm wondering if this is the same book everyone here is giving five stars to.
    • Love His Choice of Words

      By Aabix
      Rich with description. Wonderful choice of vocabulary. Definitely worth the read.
    • Fan for life

      By Megyn Kelly
      Perhaps the best book of the century. A classic! Brilliant!!
    • A gentleman in Moscow

      By Jamnas
      One of the best books I have read in a long time. Splendidly descriptive and well thought out...A pleasure to read