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A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW is an extraordinary novel. It is beautifully written with lyrical prose. It is a novel of hope and redemption that I recommend to everyone who loves to read.
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW clearly illustrates that the benefits of maintaining a positive attitude, can not be overestimated. It is a "feel good" story with a positive message
The central character is a testament to human resilience. The novel covers 30 years of his house arrest, where he resided in one of the finest hotels in Moscow. During that 30 years, which included Stalins "Reign of Terror", he was forbidden from leaving the premises.
A Count, often still formally addressed as "Your Excellency", remained cheerful, never falling into despair over his circumstances, which deteriorated from wealthy nobility, to working as a waiter in the hotel's upscale restaurant.
Despite his 30 years under house arrest, his positive attitude and personality enables him to have an unexpectedly full life. This includes maintaining old friendships, raising a child, engaging in a long term love affair and becoming close friends with a enormous variety of people from vastly different backgrounds and circumstances.
Everybody loves the Count, and you will too.
This book is so good it’s above my level of writing to even write about the beautiful writing in this book. It’s not like anything I’ve read lately, certainly not like contemporary beach read fiction or bestseller hipster edgy novels.
It’s more like your interesting grandpa telling you stories from his past while drinking tea in a cozy chair with a soft blanket. It’s also a lot more tense than that, surprisingly. The conflicts creep up on you. It seems so gentle yet you stay awake for hours reading just one more chapter, and then just one more, until you’re unable to stay awake.
Soon you find yourself dreaming about the situations in the book that you’ve just read about. And you hate it that you fell asleep but you also love being able to inhabit this world, even if it is extremely constrained. An interesting but pre-revolutionary single man with no family in an old traditional hotel in a fast-changing country seems limiting. However constraints bring out the deepest intensity.
I had to start this book three times before I was in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Just like you have to be in the right frame of mind to be able to appreciate grandparent stories. Get yourself in a clear mind and relax into this little world. The warm memories stay with you forever.
Favorite Historical Fiction of all time. Simply gorgeous! Will read again and again.
Best book ever! Great writing! Will re-read this wonderful, delightful story.
I really don’t get all the hype. It was boring, uneventful and way too wordy.
This slow paced novel offers a tour of Russian history from 1918 through 1954. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a well educated noble man of culture, is caught in the Bolshevik revolution and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Moscow Metropol, a timeless grand hotel. Instead of despairing his greatly reduced circumstances, the Count adapts wonderfully, meeting many true friends along the journey.
To give a book five stars after beginning it with an uncharitable disposition is high praise. For almost one hundred pages, I expected a sudden turn toward high drama and action; instead, a beautiful story builds upward and outward even as the Count remains under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. Full of humor and heart, this story kept me sighing and smiling as the former aristocrat and self-proclaimed luckiest man in Moscow rebuilds his life following the Revolution.
Bells ring, confetti pops & the audience applaud! This may be the best book that I've read.
Now, through such books as The Book of Longings & Circe, I'm coming to the realization that Historical Fiction is fast becoming my jam. I consider myself, for the majority - uneducated & untraveled. So, it makes sense right, that these books give me something more than a pleasant conversation with a stranger at a bus stop? But this guy....this, Towles Amor guy.....He powers up a film projector in my mind. Amor creates such vivid imagery to immerse oneself in. The (real) world he opens the door to is an escapism, a switch that waits to be flicked, let the film roll.
All this is inter weaved into a truly beautifully historic tale of adventure, friendship & bravery. Self reflection is what is waiting for you as the pages close. To take inventory of ones own choices, with the possibility of literature being a real enhancement.
This will be purchased and be available with the other arts that are in arms reach that help shape my thoughts and clear the mind.
Congratulations Mr Amor, I can only begin to imagine what it took to write this milestone....a trip to Manhattan is on my list. 5/5 - A Classic!
A fine story that makes one appreciate every detail of life, especially during covid shut down.
This book is a delight! It's very funny in a quiet and droll way, and also heartwarming.
Exquisite and witty writing.
There are some incorrect facts but..it is FICTION. One of my favorite books.
I loved how the cadence of the writing supported the personality of the main character. One of my all time favorites!
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!
Fanciful and silly. If you prefer "young adult" novels, you might like this. Otherwise, a waste of time.
I'm trying to figure out which parts people thought were boring. I was pretty much riveted cover to cover.