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message 1: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments July/August Group Read
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


Everyone is invited to join us in our Group Read for July and August..

**Please use spoilers when posting your comments.

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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.



message 2: by Jan, Moderator (last edited Jun 18, 2018 08:02PM) (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I've heard nothing but good things about this book. Though I know several members of the group have already read it. I hope there will still be a couple of you joining me.


message 3: by Cecile (new)

Cecile Grudzinski | 49 comments I’m definitely in Jan.


Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 177 comments im in...ive heard nothing but good things about this book as well...I checked it out from the library & haven't had the chance to read it yet …..guess now I will.


message 5: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Yay...I'm going to have some company!!


message 6: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1458 comments I've previously read it .... 5***** and a ❤

I'll pop in later in the discussion as more people get into the book.


message 7: by Cecile (new)

Cecile Grudzinski | 49 comments I picked up the book at the library today.


message 8: by Karen (new)

Karen | 588 comments Ditto what BC said. Loved it. I listened to the hypnotic, velvet voice of Nicholas Guy Smith and I never wanted it to end (or I wanted it to never end?). I'll follow the discussion.


message 9: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I'm planning on listening to it too Karen! Sounds like I have something to look forward to.


message 10: by Denise (new)

Denise | 2575 comments I read and listened to this book last year and loved it!


message 11: by Allie (last edited Jun 19, 2018 08:00PM) (new)

Allie | 959 comments Jan wrote: "I've heard nothing but good things about this book. Though I know several members of the group have already read it. I hope there will still be a couple of you joining me."

I’ve only heard good things too, Jan! People seem to LOVE this book.

I’ll be joining you :)


message 12: by Karen (new)

Karen | 588 comments And people tell me his Rules of Civility is also good, if not better!


message 13: by Denise (new)

Denise | 2575 comments Karen wrote: "And people tell me his Rules of Civility is also good, if not better!"

loved that one too


message 14: by Joann (new)

Joann M  (owlreviewbooks) | 29 comments Add me to the list :)


message 15: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I'm excited...more reading buddies!


message 16: by Linda (new)

Linda Boyd (boydlinda95gmailcom) | 85 comments Me too!!!!


message 17: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments I'm still at #91 for the audio and #161 for the ebook.


message 18: by Allie (new)

Allie | 959 comments Wow!!!


message 19: by Agnieszka (last edited Jul 01, 2018 02:29AM) (new)

Agnieszka (agnieszka7) | 296 comments jingles wrote: "I'm still at #91 for the audio and #161 for the ebook."
Wow, that's a bummer!

I'm glad my library finally got it and either they got enough copies or I was really lucky I've seen it before other noticed and the big run started so I downloaded it a few minutes ago and I'm looking forward to finally read it.
I'd prefer to read the English original but since it was more than unlikely my library'll get it so I'll be happy I can read it at all - even if it's 'only' the German translation :-)

Now I only hope I'll feel well enough to read it within the next three weeks.


Denise wrote: "Karen wrote: "And people tell me his Rules of Civility is also good, if not better!"

loved that one too"

I heard it too and so I hope Amazon will have a nice big deal so I can afford it or my library will buy it.


message 20: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I'm going to be starting the audio of this tomorrow on my way to and from work. I'm excited :)


message 21: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments I just finished the first chapter.

An Ambassador
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message 22: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I've listened through Anglican Ashore.

An Ambassador: (view spoiler)

In response to jingles: (view spoiler)

Anglican Ashore: (view spoiler)


message 23: by Book Concierge (last edited Jul 04, 2018 10:51AM) (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 1458 comments Jan wrote: "In response to jingles: I knew going in the background. This is the beginnings of Soviet Socialism ...."

Actually, Jan, the poetry (view spoiler).


message 24: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Thanks for the clarification BC :)

I've listened to a little more:

An Appointment: (view spoiler)

An Acquaintanceship: (view spoiler)

Anyway: (view spoiler)


message 25: by Linda (new)

Linda Boyd (boydlinda95gmailcom) | 85 comments Starting this one today on audio!


message 26: by Linda (new)

Linda Boyd (boydlinda95gmailcom) | 85 comments Linda wrote: "Starting this one today on audio!"

Sorry, I haven’t started yet, I will be back. 🙁


message 27: by jingles (last edited Jul 07, 2018 02:55PM) (new)

jingles | 227 comments I did not get to return to this right away during the week last week as I'd planned. Today is Saturday though and I'm hiding out from everyone and everything so I can just read.

Jan and BC, thanks for the clarification on (view spoiler)

I got through the next chapter:

An Anglican Ashore:
(view spoiler)


An Appointment:
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An Acquaitanceship:
(view spoiler)


Anyway:
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message 28: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments Jan - in response to (view spoiler)


message 29: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Jingles - In response (view spoiler)


message 30: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments Jan - (view spoiler)


message 31: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments Got another chapter in.

Around and About:
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message 32: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments I listened to two more chapters:

Around and About: (view spoiler)

An Assembly: (view spoiler)


message 33: by jingles (new)

jingles | 227 comments Read another chapter this morning.

An Assembly:
(view spoiler)


message 34: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Jingles - (view spoiler)


message 35: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Glad you are enjoying it Dee! It is quite different but I'm enjoying it too.


message 36: by Karen (new)

Karen | 588 comments I'm following all of your comments. I read it - actually, listened to it - a while ago so this is like reading it all over again! Who is listening to it? Is Nicholas Guy Smith's voice just not divine? Pure velvet.


message 37: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Karen - I'm listening to it with a companion ebook. Yes, he does have a fabulous voice!


message 38: by Cecile (new)

Cecile Grudzinski | 49 comments I did start this a few days ago, but being a slow reader it’s going to take me awhile.

Jan in An Assembly, (view spoiler)


message 39: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Cecile - (view spoiler)


message 40: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Listened to the next 2 chapters -

Archeologies (view spoiler)

Advent (view spoiler)


message 41: by Jan, Moderator (last edited Jul 17, 2018 03:17PM) (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Completed Book Two(through Adieu): (view spoiler)


message 42: by Jan, Moderator (last edited Jul 27, 2018 09:51PM) (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Started Book Three:

Through Afternoon Assignation: (view spoiler)

An Alliance: (view spoiler)

Absinthe: (view spoiler)

An Arrival: (view spoiler)


message 43: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Finished Book Three

Adjustments: (view spoiler)

Ascending, Alighting: (view spoiler)

8 years later - Antics, Antithese, an Accident: (view spoiler)


message 44: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 109 comments I read this book last year and I have truly enjoyed your summary of each section. One thing that impressed me about this book, was the lovely sentences. Several times I would go back and reread a sentence because it was crafted so well. Unfortunately, I read it from the library, so I can't give you any examples.


message 45: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments The writing is beautiful Jackie!!


message 46: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Read Book Four:

Adagio, Andante, Allegro: (view spoiler)

America: (view spoiler)

Apostles and Apostates: (view spoiler)


message 47: by Jan, Moderator (last edited Aug 02, 2018 10:52AM) (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Almost done!!!

Applause & Acclaim: (view spoiler)

Achilles Agonistes: (view spoiler)

Arrivederci: (view spoiler)

Adulthood: (view spoiler)

An Announcement: (view spoiler)

Andedotes: (view spoiler)

An Association: (view spoiler)

Antagonists at Arms: (view spoiler)


message 48: by Jan, Moderator (new)

Jan | 14247 comments Finished!!

Apotheoses & Afterward: (view spoiler)

And Anon: (view spoiler)

This was a lovely book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Especially when I embraced the fact that it was not about what was happening outside of the hotel but the transformation of what was happening within it.


message 49: by Karen (new)

Karen | 588 comments I loved it too. I have Rules of Civility in audio but haven't listened to it yet. It is supposed to be fabulous too.


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