A Gentleman in Moscow

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More than half a million readers have fallen in love with the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

“‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” —TheSkimm

“Irresistible . . . [an] elegant period piece . . . as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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.

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.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

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A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles Reviews

  • Definite recommendation

    By Lives "to do"
    Loved this book--the storyline--the characters--the writing style. So enjoyable and entertaining I didn't want it to end.
  • Just wow!

    By Earthen Berm
    What a great read! I didn't want it to end.
  • Extraordinary

    By mohrag
    What a terrific book! Couldn’t put it down. So very different and so very satisfying.
  • A must read

    By Disappointed in Clearwater
    Loved the book from start to finish, rich characters, beautiful writing and a good story!
  • Long, but beautifully written

    By CalifDude
    If you're up for a long read, this is an elegantly written book. There's some interesting historical language and complex vocabulary. I have to admit that every few pages I'm highlighting a word and looking up the meaning. But when I push through and keep reading, I find myself rewarded.
  • Pastiche

    By letopcat
    140 pages in and I don't think I can finish. The narrative is tediously slow and the writing is great if you like characters who carry on silly conversations with cats. The tone is all off. Is this a satire and I'm not getting it? I'm wondering if this is the same book everyone here is giving five stars to.
  • Love His Choice of Words

    By Aabix
    Rich with description. Wonderful choice of vocabulary. Definitely worth the read.
  • Fan for life

    By Megyn Kelly
    Perhaps the best book of the century. A classic! Brilliant!!
  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By Jamnas
    One of the best books I have read in a long time. Splendidly descriptive and well thought out...A pleasure to read
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Jim's I TOUCH
    Entertaining throughout! Wished for more.

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