A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Large Print - 2016 | Large print edition
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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: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524708696
Branch Call Number: LP TOWLE-A
Characteristics: 736 pages (large print) : maps ; 24 cm


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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.

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Feb 16, 2019

Cathy Clark highly recommended

Feb 14, 2019

Unique story, beautifully written. Loved this book through and through!

Feb 11, 2019

I had also read the raves, and nevertheless gave up on this quickly. It took a tumultuous, complicated and fascinating period in Russian history and rendered it dull through the pretentious prism of foodie predilections of a dull guy.

Feb 05, 2019

The writing is elegant (like the main character Count Alex Rosotov), but the story itself is not rich, it is way too long and kinda boring sometimes with unnecessary details.
Amor Towles really words starting with the A letter :))

Jan 27, 2019

Good replacement for Sominex. So slow. Nothing of interest despite being told by more than one person that it was the best book they read in 2018.

Jan 04, 2019

A Gentleman In Moscow is an excellent representation of an amazing timepiece done well! With a good writing style and gentlemanlike swoony characters, this is an overall quick and enjoyable book to read. The vast majority of the novel takes place in the Russian Revolution era within the elegant and sprawling dining rooms, kitchens, ballrooms, guest rooms, basements, attics, closets, and hallways of that establishment. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is, in the opening pages, sentenced to house arrest in a tiny room of the hotel as the Bolsheviks are set about transforming the outside world via collectivization, purging, and five-year plans. Throughout it all, the Count and the hotel he stays in attempts to maintain a certain level of civility and charm. The reader, like the Count, is only indirectly made aware of the growing developments in the outside world through occasional visitors that grace the openings of the hotel. Despite his best efforts to stick to his habits, the Count grows in dealing with his loss and grief, building real friendships, developing romance out of casual sexual encounters, and ultimately becoming a parent quickly and unexpectantly. As the plot came together and revealed itself as the time when on, I was excited and awed at this amazing time period book. It took some time and A LOT of patience as this is not a book to be rushed! Though the plot is not a quick paced one and unfolds in just one setting (mostly), I was very reluctant to finish it, and sad and happy once I did! Definitely, recommend to anyone who’s in love with a timepiece era book! Rating: 4 out of 5
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Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

Dec 10, 2018

will need 7 copies....one must be large print

Dec 03, 2018

Very engaging with good humor and as one commentator stated They did not want it to end>>> I share that opinion

Nov 17, 2018

Dull and dusty. Not at all what I expected.

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Jun 05, 2018

“…if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.” - p. 18

Jun 05, 2018

“Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box. . . .” - p. 52

Jun 05, 2018

“Here, indeed, was a formidable sentence--one that was on intimate terms with a comma, and that held the period in healthy disregard.” - p. 68

Jun 05, 2018

“It is a sad but unavoidable fact of life," he began, "that as we age our social circles grow smaller. Whether from increased habit or diminished vigor, we suddenly find ourselves in the company of just a few familiar faces.” - p. 94

Jun 05, 2018

“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.” - pp. 120-121

Jun 05, 2018

“Showing a sense of personal restraint that was almost out of character, the Count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of parental advice. The first was that if one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them; and the second was Montaigne’s maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.” - p. 419


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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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