A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

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"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..."--
Published: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670026197
0670026190
Branch Call Number: F TOW
Characteristics: 462 pages :,map ;,24 cm

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megaculpa
Oct 08, 2020

Fanciful and silly. If you prefer "young adult" novels, you might like this. Otherwise, a waste of time.

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Rainman
Sep 17, 2020

I'm trying to figure out which parts people thought were boring. I was pretty much riveted cover to cover.

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lj50
Sep 16, 2020

Fantastic historical novel

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Dogmother
Sep 07, 2020

Pretty well written but boring, boring, boring. I am half Russian so was interested in the historical aspect, but nothing really happens and I gave up about 100 pages from the end. Too many good books out there to waste my time plowing through this.

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NMostacada
Sep 03, 2020

This monster of a book is so good! It took me a really long time to read it but it’s absolutely fabulous and charming. Count Alexander is on house arrest in a hotel in Russia during the revolution and forms amazing friendships with the staff and its guests including a inquisitive 9 year old girl. The hotel sounds fabulous, the food and wine served is to die for, and the friendships are enough to make anyone jealous. This is for sure a book where you fall in love with the protagonist and all of his friends. If you’re not super into it for the first couple of page don’t give up, this book is worth the long read!

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Ljuers57
Aug 26, 2020

I was looking for rules of civility and the bookstore and came across this one instead by the same author it is an amazing book it's just so good!

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MillieBT
Aug 14, 2020

At times this book was extra ordinary but other passages boring....I had a hard time rating this book

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Jamma47
Aug 01, 2020

How do I get this on to my ipad

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MaureenDow
Jul 23, 2020

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

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laschneider
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.

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Rainman
Sep 17, 2020

I've been reading presidential biographies, from 1 to 41. Amor Towles speaks to the reason I don't believe I will find an impartial biography of presidents 42-45 any time soon:

"We don't know how a man or his achievements will be perceived three generations from now, any more than we know what his great-great-grandchildren will be having for breakfast on a Tuesday in March. Because when Fate hands something down to posterity, it does so behind its back."

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amahof7
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

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maggiepcurtis
Aug 06, 2019

TV mini-series in development no date

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

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

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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

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cknightkc
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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Carolyn_51
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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