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A Gentleman in Moscow

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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series

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
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Hardcover, 462 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Viking
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    Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: the-russians
    Vyshinsky: Why did you write the poem?

    Rosov: It demanded to be written. I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.

    Vyshinksy: And where was that exactly?

    Rostov: In the south parlor at Idlehour.

    Vyshinksy: Idlehour?

    Rosov: The Rostov estate in Nizhny Novgorod.

    Vyshinksy: Ah, yes. Of course. How apt. But let us return our attention to your poem. Coming as it did-in the more subdued years after the failed revolt of 1905--many cons
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    Jen
    Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    I wanted to savour this one, word for word. Towles bestows on us a language to be treasured; a story to be remembered.
    This was a remarkably enchanting narrative with a charming character. A gentleman, Rostov, has been put under hotel arrest. For the next several years, as he serves his time, relationships are cultivated from employees to guests to the visitors he receives and to a young girl whom he becomes a guardian for.
    Very descriptive - I tasted almost every meal he ate - from the crisp and
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    Elyse Walters
    Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Tears were streaming down my face the last several pages. Turning each page slower - and slower - breathless - filled with gratitude- overwhelmed by what this rare book offers and then delivering a wonderful satisfying ending......to the already - rich- wonderful-absolutely marvelous novel.

    Goose bumps and butterfly fluttering.....the writing is pulsing with life. Amor Towles's
    leading man...."Count Rostov" ....[Alexander Ilyich Rostov]....or "Sasha", to a select few old friends, is THE MOST EXCE
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    Brina
    Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    In the year 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol. Once of the landed elite of Nizhy Novgorod, the Count must live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room. As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution, no long are there ruling classes in Russia, only comrades. It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no longer step outside of the Metropol. Using this premise, Amor ...more
    Candace
    'A Gentleman in Moscow' tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live out the rest of his life on "house arrest" in the Metropol hotel, following his "conviction" by a Bolshevik tribunal. He was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and is stripped of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime. From one of the hotel's most prestigious guests, to a member of the wait staff, Count Rostov manages his fall from grace with poise and dignity.

    This book provided beautiful imager
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    Diane S ☔
    Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    5+ The Hotel Metropol in Moscow, within sight of the Kremlin, will see much in the coming years. It will also become the home and prison of the former person known as the Count Alexander Rostov. Sentenced by a Bolshevk Tribunal,he is confined for life in this Hotel. Summarily taken from the suite he had inhabited for four years, he is brought to the attic and given one of the storage rooms as his new home.

    One of the most wonderful and memorable characters one is fortunate to make the acquaintanc
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    Adina
    Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
    Later Edit: I thought about deleting my confession because I received a few complains saying I got too personal. Most of my reviews are a bit but maybe a went too far with this one. However, I thought better and the review stays because i want it to be a warning that this social platform, which should be a place to share our opinion of books with each other in a friendly manner sometimes becomes a stress factor. There is a pressure to like some books because everybody does and you don't want to ...more
    Karen
    Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    Read others reviews of this book for I cannot do it justice, but I will say I just loved it, loved the Count and his interactions with everyone, especially Nina, and later Sophia. So many times this gentleman had me laugh out loud. I would have loved to have met him!
    Angela M
    Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

    I wanted to read this because of the wonderful story that Towles gave us in Rules of Civility, that wonderful sense of time and place - New York in the 1930's. This is a different story, but what is the same is the brilliant story telling, the amazing sense of time and place. This time we see Moscow starting in 1922 snd spanning 30 years, through the eyes of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and we get a window view of what is happening in Moscow, in Russia, in the world. It is literally a window vi
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    Maureen
    Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Just across the square from the Kremlin, is the Metropol Hotel, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has a suite of rooms, but in 1922 he is sentenced to house arrest in that very hotel, and banished to a small attic room. His crime? He was found guilty of being the author of seditious poetry. Other than that, I'm not giving anything away.

    I've found it difficult to review this one - how do you convey how it really made you feel deep down when it's left such a wonderful impression. On setting asid
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    Larry H
    Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    This really was a special book, one which at times felt almost magical.

    Count Alexander Rostov was always a man who enjoyed the finer things in life. He was always nattily dressed, participating in intelligent conversation, enjoying fine food and drink, and the company of erudite and beautiful people. Rostov lived in grand fashion in Moscow's Hotel Metropol, a hotel just across the street from the Kremlin, and he thrived on being a part of the buzz that passed through its doors and around its bus
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    Cathrine ☯️
    5 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾 s
    If you are overly committed with reading challenges and attempting to plow through many books in a certain amount of time this is one to save and savor after you calm down. You will want to apply your A-game reading skills to the pages or much delight could be missed.
    Amor Towles is an aristocrat of an author to my working class cognitive skills and this certainly made me want to be a better reader (not to mention reviewer). Allow me the use of wine as a helpmate.

    “A complete wine is bala
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    Kevin Ansbro
    "A gentleman can live through anything."
    —Oscar Wilde

    Reawakening my childhood memories of The Count of Monte Cristo, author Amor Towles pleasingly delivers a sprawling, chucklesome novel of aristocratic derring-do.
    The Bolsheviks have seized power in Mother Russia and Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest at Moscow's Hotel Metropol. A nobleman of impeccable manners, Rostov is billeted in an austere attic room with barely enough space to swing a Cossack, but nevertheless neve
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    Candi
    "… the Count hadn’t the temperament for revenge; he hadn’t the imagination for epics; and he certainly hadn’t the fanciful ego to dream of empires restored. No. His model for mastering his circumstances would be a different sort of captive altogether: an Anglican washed ashore. Like Robinson Crusoe stranded on the Isle of Despair, the Count would maintain his resolve by committing to the business of practicalities. Having dispensed with dreams of quick discovery, the world’s Crusoes seek shelter ...more
    Chrissie
    Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
    When everybody raves about a book, and then I don't care for it much, well I feel kind of depressed.

    I will explain my reaction. Much depends on what you are looking for. First and foremost this is a novel, a fairy tale, a fantastical story. A mystery, suspense and the question is: will all turn out well? Will good win over evil? I prefer books that are gritty, depressing even sad, as long as they are realistic.

    There are lots of historical tidbits and curios to pique the reader's interest. Litera
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    Debra
    Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    A Masterpiece!

    This book was so good. Words such as wonderful and beautiful come to mind. The writing was simply wonderful. The story was beautiful. This book almost dripped with elegance. This book is not to be rushed. Do not read this book fast. Like a good glass of wine, this book should be savored and enjoyed slowly.

    Count Alexander Rostov is deemed to be a unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922. He is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol Hotel, a hotel across the street f
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    Michael
    This beguiling book achieves for me what I tend to seek in all literature, a roadmap of how to live life. The story of Count Alexander Rostov living his life in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel after being sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in the early 20’s was delightful and charming. He shows us how to adapt to misfortune and strive to bring out the best in people. He reveals for us how to be a true aesthete, one who discerns the beauty in the smallest things around us, appreciates the wonder ...more
    Dianne
    Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: best-of-2016
    A charming, sophisticated and deeply moving book - it took me a really long time to read because it required my utmost concentration. Attention must be paid to the characters, the literary and artistic references, the history of Russia and the intelligent and witty dialogue. I loved the book and oh, how I loved Count Rostov! He is the very definition of the word "gentleman."

    I encourage you to set aside the time to read this elegant novel thoroughly and let it sink into your heart and bones. My o
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    Cheri
    Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
    In 1922 the Bolshevik Tribunal sentences Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, an aristocrat, to house arrest in the Metropol hotel. A gentleman, he makes the best of it, always treating others with kindness, always adapting to the ever-changing world, the new Russian regime, with poise and elegance. Even as the Soviets demand more from him and in exchange provide less, he remains unruffled.

    And so he lives in the Metropol, his view of the world that revolves around the comings and goings of guests, ot
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    Luffy
    Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I didn't know how to review this book. I think the style of the writing, with its miniature microcosm approach was 90% the reason why I gave A Gentleman in Moscow 5 stars.

    If you want a glimpse proper into the ramifications of the Great War then I urge you to read the non-fiction books, some of which are excellent.

    The bolshevik revolution is just a backdrop in this story. The ease, education, class, and silence of the main character was a delight to read. I think it's not fine literature. I wou
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    Amalia Gavea
    ‘’On Saturday, the twenty-first of June 1946, as the sun rose high over the Kremlin, a lone figure climbed slowly up the steps from the Moskva River embankment, continued past St.Basil’s Cathedral, and made his way onto Red Square.

    Dressed in a ragged winter coat, he swung his right leg in a small semicircle as he walked. At another time, the combination of the ragged coat and hobbled leg might have made the man stand out on such a bright summer day. But in 1946, there were men limping about in
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    BlackOxford
    Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: american, slavic
    How To Be Charming

    An old saw, from some unknown source buried in my sub-conscious, has it that ‘Charm is that personal characteristic which generates the response ‘Yes’ before a request is even made.’ Towles’s Count Rostov is the epitome of a man with this kind of charm. Rostov even charms the KGB into letting him live, in reduced but habitable circumstances, within the confines of the best hotel in Moscow. From there he continues for decades to charm the staff, the guests, and the wider world o
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    Dem
    Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: russian-history
    First I have to to admit I had not intended to read this book as I had decided some time ago after reading a Goodread friends 5 star review and realising all the elements of the story that she loved were going to be the reasons I might not enjoy it as much. But a real life friend bought me a copy of this for Christmas and I really felt obliged to read it as she had enjoyed it so much and I knew we would discuss it at some stage.

    The Novel is charming and beautifully written but I wanted more of
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    Lori
    Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
    I guess charm is like humor. The same material doesn't work for everyone. There are parts of this book that I enjoyed, but I wasn't charmed.

    It reminded most of a children's story about playing in an old house on a rainy day when you can't go outside. Complete with a woman to scold for the damage that you did to your clothes while playing. His friends seemed as much imagined as real.

    I was grateful that he grew up in the course the book. But, it's still much a fairytale about an aristocrat in the
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    Jaline
    Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I waited 5 months and 7 days to receive this book through the Library on OverDrive. All I can say is, it was worth every moment of the wait.

    This book is completely charming, disarming, and an exquisite mixture of history with a very heartwarming and human story. I loved everything about this book – the characters, their various and separate yet closely woven storylines, and how it all unfolds.

    There was not one moment while reading this book where I was not completely uplifted into the time and p
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    Phrynne
    Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 4000-books
    What a beautiful book. This one will almost certainly be in my top five reads for 2017. It was perfect.

    Count Alexander Rostov is one of those characters who lives on long after you have finished the book. Imagine being confined to one hotel for thirty years of your life, never able to even step outside its doors. Yet Rostov not only does not give up, he actually makes a wonderful life for himself and enjoys every day. I loved him for his kindness, his optimism, his practicality and eventually fo
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    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    I loved this lovely and slightly whimsical historic fiction novel, set in Moscow in the early to mid 1900s.

    In 1913 a Russian aristocrat, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, publishes a poem called "Where Is It Now?," a call for political change. Nine years later, that poem will save his life.

    In 1922, the Bolshevik revolution has caused an upheaval and many aristocrats are being executed. The Count is spared, but is sentenced to permanent house arrest in the Hotel Metropol, a grand hotel in Moscow whe
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    Marita
    ***There are no spoilers in this review***
    "It is a well-known fact that of all the species on earth Homo sapiens is among the most adaptable. Settle a tribe of them in a desert and they will wrap themselves in cotton, sleep in tents, and travel on the backs of camels; settle them in the Arctic and they will wrap themselves in sealskin, sleep in igloos, and travel by dog-drawn sled. And if you settle them in a Soviet climate? They will learn to make friendly conversation with strangers while wait
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    Maxwell
    Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2016, i-own-it, botm
    I've been stewing over this book for the last few hours and trying to figure out how exactly to talk about it. Ultimately, this is one of those books that I don't have really anything negative to say about it. It's a well-written and clearly well-researched novel. It's tender, too. It has that heart-warming quality at times that makes you remember why you love curling up with a good book. And although the first 50 pages or so were a bit sluggish, once I got into the novel I was able to read whol ...more
    Sara
    I am basking in the afterglow of this novel. It is among the BEST I have read this year. Towles’ writing style is so comfortable, his command of the subject so complete, his humor so subtle and charming, that I could have read on and on.

    In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocrat who is saved from being shot by having written a significant poem in favor of the people, is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol Hotel. He is removed from his suite of rooms there to a dusty attic room that isn
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    Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. Having worked as an investment professional in Manhattan for over twenty years, he now devotes himself fulltime to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wal ...more
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    “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.” 253 likes
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