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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library

A Gentleman in Moscow

(1 customer review)

Author: Amor Towles

Length: 496 pages
Type: Fiction, Physical Book
Genre: Historical, General, Literary

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Description

“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.”

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1 review for A Gentleman in Moscow

  1. Janet Dore

    I can’t believe I almost gave up on this book! After a wobbly start, and advice from my online book lovers group, I not only stuck with it, but it made my all time favorites list. (This has NOT been an easy feat for any book in the past five years.)

    Here’s the sage advice that made me stick with it that I wholeheartedly agree with…1) there is not a lot of action (so don’t make the mistake of expecting it like I did!), but little vignettes and a worthy ending and 2) the main character, a former Russian Count, is very charming and will very likely capture your heart.

    If you don’t go into this book with any preconceptions or expectations, I can’t imagine you won’t like it. Set in Russia in the first half of the 20th century, it has history, superb character development and poetic writing. A must read!

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