A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Publication Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
5 Score: 5 (From 2,494 Ratings)

Book Summary

“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” Ann Patchett

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

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

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Book Opinions

  • The Gentleman from Moscow

    By BonnieDH
    The Gentleman from Moscow is simply a beautifully written novel. One that you will want to read over and over.
  • A richness of feeling that grows and mellows

    By waldhaus1
    Filled with many characters that come to life a bygone era it's evoked. The protagonist demonstrates the strength of character to live an emotionally Rich life in an oppressed world. Clever connections are made between events on a way to make all seem real. A rewarding read.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Mountain maggi
    I originally gave this book a 2 star!!! Midway through this read I wanted to throw this book out! Where was it going? Was there even a plot? But I was told it was worth finishing. And I am glad I did finish this book. I smiled & now want to watch the movie, "Casa Blanca"!
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By cannedarts
    I found it hard to get through the first half of the book and then it just flew by. Wish it had continued to the next decade. It reads like an old fashioned Russian novel that’s been slightly updated. Am pretty sure that was the intent of the author. Great characters beautifully fleashed out, and a terrific ending you don’t see coming...right up to the last line. If you like Amor Towles last book you’ll surely like this one, and if you haven’t read “Rules of Civility”, I recommend you should.
  • Peg

    By md5152
    Wonderfully written
  • A gentleman ln Moscow

    By whtowl
    Wonderful book!
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Ohmaddie
  • Wonderful Read

    By Laz1534
    Amor’s creation of Count Rostov reminds us that by mastering our own circumstances love and happiness is more easily discovered. A thoroughly entertaining novel and extremely well written.
  • Beautiful writing!

    By Word puzzler
    A pleasure to read from the first page to the last.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By BME7550
    What a read! I read it over the holidays and it was the perfect book to curle up with for a few days. It’s smart, curious, and keeps you coming back for more. I love the authors style…sentimental, real, with a historic prespective. I often reread passages because they were so beautifully written. I heard there may be a sequel and I hope that is true.