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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Nov 25, 2020

A delicious , thought-provoking book. I loved it.

Nov 19, 2020

Excellent read

Nov 15, 2020

I loved how the cadence of the writing supported the personality of the main character. One of my all time favorites!

Nov 11, 2020

Charming, loved the bits about Russian writers.

Nov 05, 2020

Picked it up because it was on Bill Gates' summer read book list. There was a lot of description but it was all interesting. The book inspired reflection about the various stages of life. It would be a fun book to discuss with people!

Oct 26, 2020

Absolutely loved this book. Read for bookgroup.

Oct 08, 2020

Fanciful and silly. If you prefer "young adult" novels, you might like this. Otherwise, a waste of time.

Sep 17, 2020

I'm trying to figure out which parts people thought were boring. I was pretty much riveted cover to cover.

Sep 16, 2020

Fantastic historical novel

Sep 07, 2020

Pretty well written but boring, boring, boring. I am half Russian so was interested in the historical aspect, but nothing really happens and I gave up about 100 pages from the end. Too many good books out there to waste my time plowing through this.

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Sep 17, 2020

I've been reading presidential biographies, from 1 to 41. Amor Towles speaks to the reason I don't believe I will find an impartial biography of presidents 42-45 any time soon:

"We don't know how a man or his achievements will be perceived three generations from now, any more than we know what his great-great-grandchildren will be having for breakfast on a Tuesday in March. Because when Fate hands something down to posterity, it does so behind its back."

Apr 13, 2020

The book is a bit slow at first but it becomes clear it needed to be like that to develop the story of the Count and all the people he encountered in his life. A story of friendships and the importance and ease of them.
“Looking back, it seems to me that there are people who play an essential role at every turn. And I don’t just mean the Napoleons who influence the course of history. I mean men and women who routinely appear at critical junctures in the progress of art or commerce, or the evolution of ideas-as if Life itself has summoned them once again to help fulfill its purpose

Aug 06, 2019

TV mini-series in development no date

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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