A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel.
The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series
"Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It's a manual for getting through the days to come." —O, The Oprah Magazine

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.
Published: Penguin Publishing Group


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Aug 01, 2020

How do I get this on to my ipad

Jul 23, 2020

Hello, can you please advise when I can expect to get this book? Thank you.
Maureen Dow

Jul 17, 2020

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.

Jun 30, 2020

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

Jun 21, 2020

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.

JCLMattC Jun 15, 2020

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.

Jun 13, 2020

Excellent. Susan should read

Jun 10, 2020

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.

ShelleyG_DCoL Jun 03, 2020

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.

May 01, 2020

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.

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Apr 13, 2020

The book is a bit slow at first but it becomes clear it needed to be like that to develop the story of the Count and all the people he encountered in his life. A story of friendships and the importance and ease of them.
“Looking back, it seems to me that there are people who play an essential role at every turn. And I don’t just mean the Napoleons who influence the course of history. I mean men and women who routinely appear at critical junctures in the progress of art or commerce, or the evolution of ideas-as if Life itself has summoned them once again to help fulfill its purpose

Aug 06, 2019

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Jun 05, 2018

“…if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.” - p. 18

Jun 05, 2018

“Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box. . . .” - p. 52

Jun 05, 2018

“Here, indeed, was a formidable sentence--one that was on intimate terms with a comma, and that held the period in healthy disregard.” - p. 68

Jun 05, 2018

“It is a sad but unavoidable fact of life," he began, "that as we age our social circles grow smaller. Whether from increased habit or diminished vigor, we suddenly find ourselves in the company of just a few familiar faces.” - p. 94

Jun 05, 2018

“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.” - pp. 120-121

Jun 05, 2018

“Showing a sense of personal restraint that was almost out of character, the Count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of parental advice. The first was that if one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them; and the second was Montaigne’s maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.” - p. 419


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Mar 14, 2018

The author shows insight into the customs. language, and values of his characters and their time. In just a few words he makes the reader picture the scene and often leaves gaps of years, leaving an explanation of what happened during this time for later in the story. A book that I couldn't put down.


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