A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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""In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight.this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility." - Kirkus Reviews (starred) 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 With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, "Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change." A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2016
ISBN: 9780735288553
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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TheresaAJ
Jun 10, 2019

It's 1922 and Count Alexander Rostov has become a former person assigned to live out his days in the Metropol Hotel. As the decades pass, Rostov observes the historic changes in Russia through the eyes of the hotel's staff, guests, and ever-changing parade of government officials. As the outer trappings of his former aristocratic life are stripped away, the Count discovers his real purpose when fate delivers a young girl into his safekeeping. As much a study of Russian history, philosophy, and literature, this detail-laden novel takes you into lost eras from the the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries.

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janerf
Mar 22, 2019

Hated it. Incredibly boring.
It might have been different, by at least a little bit, if I hadn't listened to the audio book.
The print version has FOOTNOTES.
A novel with footnotes. Disgusting. If it's important to character development and understanding, the novel's narrative should like uh mention it, eh?
I understood no distress in the Count's life - until, of course, he stood on the parapet on the roof. He was just one more idle rich boy in an elegant and extravagant habitat (where he was on a short chain) (but with lots of money that he had secreted away before being forced to leave his estate).
One idle life cannot be all that different from another idle life.
Why are so many people enthralled?
Ah yes. He is after all - a Count. The sin of aristocracy. The 1%, with insatiable greed, selfishness, stinginess, entitlement, and supreme disregard for the exploitation of the people who work their estates, manage the resources, live without healthcare, have no pensions. The adoration and enthrallment of wealth earned on the backs of contractors not paid, laborers stiffed, pensions not offered, bankruptcies willy nilly, tactical lawsuits.

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maipenrai
Jul 28, 2018

Terrific!! Amazing!! One of the best novels I have read recently. Count Alexander Rostov is made a non-person for the sin of being an aristocrat in the early days after the Russian revolution. Instead of being shot he is confined to the Metropol hotel for the rest of his life. The author educates us in Russian literature and politics in such a palatable manner that you do not even realize how much you are learning. As the count lives out his life in one building he expands his experiences and loyalties to friends and children so that his existence becomes so full that the confinement almost disappears. The author is superb at creating characters !! Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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poodlegirl
Jan 17, 2018

An EXCELLENT story and the reader was VERY good. Highly recommend...

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susann206
Jul 13, 2017

One of the best books I have read in a long time. The audio version is especially compelling because the narrator is so skilled. A charming and touching, a well written book. I wished it could go on and on.

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