A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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"The story of Count Alexander Rostov who is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count 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 a doorway 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."-- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2016]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524708696
1524708690
Characteristics: 719 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm

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AL_ANDREW Dec 11, 2017

Towles weaves together themes of time, relationships, freedom, and life with a very accessible writing style. While not unique, the static setting over the period of several decades while the world outside ebbs and flows makes for a highly entertaining read due to the changes in relationships and culture.

AL_TATYANA Nov 20, 2017

Thirty-year old Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin, in 1922. How true does this sound?!
I would call this novel a historic fantasy which permits Towles to immerse into the nostalgic elegance of the Russian nobility. The author is like a magician who draws the curtain to open up the whole era of Soviet Russia and draws the curtain down to finish this beautiful and elegant show.

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bba391
Oct 28, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable book. Well written with an amazing cast of characters. A welcome change of pace.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 16, 2017

Elegantly and intelligently written, the action takes place after the Russian revolution (early 1920's) and chronicles the adventures (mostly emotional) of a man sentenced to spend his remaining years in captivity at the hotel in Moscow which he's long used as his second home. Count Rostov was sentenced through a tribunal which decided not to execute him, but to sentence him to life imprisonment instead, but he leads a surprisingly rich and ultimately rewarding life of the mind inside the hotel. A lovely, sprightly and humorous book. Richly rewarding to read. Highly recommend this one!

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doxland
Oct 12, 2017

Fine writing. One can easily identify with this character and the his situation.
Excellent book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Five Star!

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vega6e
Sep 21, 2017

One of the best stories I have read in years.

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lbracker
Sep 12, 2017

Delightful, charming, surprising - a flawless novel. Truly an astounding achievement.

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furlan
Sep 09, 2017

This was a wonderful book. Well written, clever, humorous, with wonderful characters. Best book I have read in a long time

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mariahallowell
Aug 29, 2017

Charming story with wonderful descriptions. I often felt like I was right "there" with the characters. Beautiful cadence made ebbs and flows of activity poetic.

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lerche
Aug 09, 2017

The best book I have read in a long, long time. Just beautiful! While I savored every word, I am a bit conflicted about the ending. Five+ stars.

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