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Hello, can you please advise when I can expect to get this book? Thank you.
This is the best book I have read in a long time. It is a great book to read during this COVID19 Pandemic. I could not put it down. Everyone I have recommended it to also loved it. I highly recommend this fascinating story.
The novel concerns Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a man ordered by a Bolshevik tribunal to spend the rest of his life in a luxury hotel in the heart of Moscow
A surprisingly beautiful delight. Though I was initially unsure about the setting, as the story went on, I found myself becoming as comfortable inside of the Metropol as the Count himself. When I reached the end, I was disappointed to no longer be enveloped in it's walls, dining in the Piazza and stealing away to our protagonist's hidden closet lounge. Though I was no longer journeying with the Count through life, the range of emotions the story invoked kept me immersed and engaged with it's message long after the story ended. It took me a while to get through -- perhaps because a tale of being locked away was a bit too familiar during times of quarantine -- but it was absolutely worth the read. I'm sure I will return to it in the future as well.
A great book about a man placed under house-arrest at a fancy hotel. It was a bit of a slow go for me, but I adored the unflappable count and how stalwart and unflinching he remained throughout the book despite his hardships.
The perfect book to read during a Covid19 confinement! Elegantly written. The reader is placed in a venerable ,exclusive hotel in Moscow and will accompany a Russian aristocrat through his enforced stay and changing role there.
Despite hearing rave reviews I’d avoided this book because, after all, how exciting could a story about a man stuck in a hotel for decades be? I finally caved and checked out the audio version… and am very glad I did. In 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov barely avoids the firing squad by accepting house arrest in Moscow’s illustrious Metropole Hotel. As he interacts with the staff and guests over the succeeding years, he and the reader are drawn in and touched by the historical events unfolding outside the hotel. Inspiring and enthralling, A Gentleman in Moscow is the story of a man who moves from endurance to finding purpose, community and family despite geographical limitations.
This is a wonderful story about a Count imprisoned for over 30 years in Metropol, a luxurious Moscow hotel. In the course of his imprisonment he befriends a number of people including staff members and a few guests. All of them become a part of his community helping him to survive his confinement. But most of all, having a purpose in life lifted him from despair...
as in presiding as head waiter at the prestigious restaurant in the hotel . His responsibility as guardian to a little girl, dropped into his care, also enriched his life. But it also drove him to master his circumstances.
One of my new absolute favorite reads! Read in the 'social distancing' of Spring 2020 its the perfect read while stuck at home to reflect on how to approach circumstances. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses you into the luxe Hotel Metropol in Moscow-- a world so full of detail you can almost feel the carpets and hear the clinking of glasses and china. We follow the life of Count Alexander Rostov who has been sentenced to house arrest at the hotel. A book that takes its time to unfold and introduce characters, anchors you in the setting of the hotel and gives hints and rumors of the upheavals going on outside the doors of the Hotel. One of the most likable main characters i can remember reading, a true gentleman and someone who chooses to take a hold on his circumstances rather than be defined by them. Cannot recommend it highly enough!
Well-written with engaging characters. That said, the story is implausible to say the least and the "historical details" are poorly researched. An OK fantasy but don't take it seriously.
This is a charming book, from the characters to the location to the plot. It's much like the protagonist - elegant, knowledgable and well-spoken. I fell in love with this aristocratic "unperson" right from the start and imagine most readers do too. It's not a page turner but you don't want it to be. This is one to savour. It will stay with me for some time.
One of the best books I've read in a long time! An interesting story, beautifully written!
This was a great read and I loved Count Rostov-he WAS a true gentleman! And I learned a little about city of Moscow & some Russian history too. A very well written novel.
I read this book while listening to a Youtube 10-hour thunder and rain background. It seemed to fit the novel, which is based in Russia, beautifully. This novel is a truly wonderful read, rightfully earning all of the 5-star ratings. It has great depth, history, an understanding of people, and so many more layers to offer, that it deserves to be reread several times.
Absolutely loved the more sophisticated sense of humour of the book. And it was fascinating how the author described the life of the Count in the Metropol, without in any way belittling or skipping over the horrible events taking place in the Soviet Union throughout this period. It reminded me a lot of author Donald Jack. I will definitely be prioritizing other books by Amor Towles.
There could never be such a story or such a character in Russia or even in Russian literature. You won't know anything true about Russia or Russian people from this book. Count Rostov here is neither a hero , nor so-called "Little Man" so common in Russian literature , but just an absolutely uninteresting English/American gentleman, mostly caring about food and wine. I gave up after 200 pages-soooo boring and unbelievable. The only good thing after that sad experience is that I finally decided to read Anna Karenina - what a pleasure it was!
Sorry, no. All I can see are American characters in a Moscow stage-set. The title of the book is telling; a story about a nobleman in Moscow might have been more interesting..
This book is superb; the kind that you need to dedicate the time and attention that it deserves. It really should be read twice to appreciate the complexity of the characters and the nuances of the plot. It does take a bit of time to get into it, and I probably would have given up if not for the great reviews, and that it was for my book club, but it really does pick up and the ending is quite well done.
Great, great characters!
too long, 100+ pages could have been cut
I don’t get what the hype was with this book. I read this after so many great reviews but I could hardly keep going after the first 50 pages, it was painful.... the writing style was too extravagant and he uses too many synonyms at once to describe every detail that it is almost frustrating to get to the point... even my friend read it after me and didn’t want to finish it