A Gentleman in MoscowAmor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Book Summary

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a Showtime/Paramount series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully 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.

A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles) Book Reviews

Best Book of 2020 for meLove the character development and life lessons throughout..Score: 5/5

Ok storyI finished this book but that is no small miracle as I found the story dull and somewhat repetitive. If you care about food this book is for you. Not much else interesting in this book..Score: 3/5

Wonderful!A beautiful novel. I didn’t want it to end..Score: 5/5

A MasterpieceMarvelous. One of those books which will never be forgotten..Score: 5/5

Boring. Irrelevant. Well-written but empty.In the hundreds of historical fiction novels I’ve read, most have a captivating story where characters are placed in the middle of great historical events. This book is the antithesis of that. Our protagonist is seemingly shielded from a period of time in Russia when there is so much happening. While the Revolution, the purges, WW2, the Cold War are all happening we are trapped with an out of touch man doing unimportant things in an unimportant place with unimportant people. If your interest is how to be a good waiter in 1930’s USSR then this book is for you. If you’d like a story that means something, I’d look elsewhere..Score: 2/5

Enchanting!Wasn’t sure what to think when I started this book, but it kept me enthralled. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

A Gentleman of MoscowSo good! No more to say..Score: 5/5

A must readLoved the book from start to finish, rich characters, beautiful writing and a good story! Just completed second reading and enjoyed just as much, sometimes leftovers are better the second day, so is this book..Score: 5/5

Lovely readI very much enjoyed this wonderful book. The vivid descriptions and great story invite you in to get lost in Moscow a lifetime ago. It is a great escape from modern day accompanied with historical context to learn just how Moscow used to be. I especially appreciated the pleasant positive ending that differed from the more popular tragic endings nowadays..Score: 5/5

Mi amour AmorAnother beautifully written story by Amor Towles. Having already read “Rules of Civility” I eagerly await his next novel..Score: 4/5

Read this bookLoved this book. The characters were sympathetic, well-developed, the story was poignant and thought provoking. The story had twists and turns that kept me reading onward. The count will stay with me for a long time..Score: 5/5

Moscow a Must ReadFantastically conceived and executed much like his previous book but a completely different story..Score: 5/5

The least fluid read I’ve everI’m not sure if the book style of writing changes after a few chapters or what. But I read the sample chapters before buying and thought the book would be great and interesting. But the writing is so unnatural to read I can’t stay interested. Like reading the King James Bible or something. Just doesn’t flow for me. I can’t finish it so a waste of money for me..Score: 2/5

AmazingThe writing, the history, the storyline I didn’t want it to end 💕.Score: 5/5

A gentleman in MoscowAmazing read. Very well done..Score: 5/5

Is it just me?I could not make it past the first half of the book....Score: 2/5

A Gentleman in MoscowExcellent read. Draws you in and begs you to stay awhile. A visit to an old world and engaging characters..Score: 5/5

A 13 year old girl’s opinion nobody asked forThree stars. Why, you may ask? Oh I’ll tell you why, plain and simple. Boring. Yes, it is boring, well written? Yes, the vocabulary and the dialogue is all great, but there simply is no action. The man is always just cruising around the hotel and always doing the same thing over and over again. I read the synopsis and thought it would be an eventful, action filled book. What we are essentially looking at is a man who is restricted from exiting a hotel located in Moscow. This brings for a very anticlimactic plot because the man and the readers only get to know what is going on inside the building. I almost considered returning it because I have so many other books to read, but yeah, this definitely wasn’t my favorite book. If you are looking for good historical fiction, check out Ruta Sepetys, she is an excellent historical fiction author! And of course they are loads more to discover too!.Score: 3/5

A charming aristocrat thrivesIn the most unexpected of environments. A brilliant, funny and delightful character study..Score: 5/5

5 StarsExceptional..Score: 5/5

Best book I’ve read in a long timeAbsolutely gorgeous writing set in a fascinating frame of a central time in Russian history. A top read..Score: 5/5

A gemPerhaps the most thorough;y satisfying book I’ve read in my 84 years..Score: 5/5

A new favorite.One of those books that is so well written. Characters with distinct personalities and humor that is both clever and subtle. I savored every paragraph..Score: 5/5

A Gentleman in MoscowOne of the best books I’ve read! It is very well written, and you must follow the story closely in the beginning as the author gives a bit of background and history. Towles transitions beautifully between the past and present tying them both together into an intricate and endearing story. So glad that I read this....didn’t want it to end!!.Score: 5/5

A life well livedI do not write reviews often, but this is a special book. I have been looking for it for two years. It might be called a feel good classic, but it goes far beyond that. There is plenty of pain—things not to feel good about—but one man rises above it and touches the lives of many others along the way. A delicately woven story of love and loss told by a master story teller, A Gentleman In Moscow will not disappoint the seeker of a few hours escape from the reality of our complicated times or a reminder that other times were also complicated..Score: 5/5

Slow, but well writtenThe book was very slow, but well written. I had to stop and think often before proceeding to the next chapter..Score: 4/5

YooThis tight.Score: 5/5

ImmersiveA captivating story with compelling characters, lots of history, and just enough dry humor. Develops at a leisurely pace and then accelerates to a striking conclusion.Could not put it down..Score: 5/5

A gentleman worth spending time withThis book is a delight! Narrated in the almost-tongue-in-cheek tone of Downton Abbey, it is the story of an old world gentleman who finds himself in a challenging circumstance: under house arrest in the wake of the Russian Revolution. He is challenged to maintain standards of decorum and to sustain a positive outlook on life. The story of how he does so is told with Russian culture and Soviet history as the backdrop. At its core, A Gentleman in Moscow is a story about the triumph of the human spirit. I can’t recommend it more highly..Score: 5/5

Loved this one!Great read with a view into an amazing time of change for Russian society and the world..Score: 5/5

BeautifulBeautifully written. A little slow in the beginning while I was getting used to the Author’s style. Some lines were so good that I re-read them multiple times. This should be part of school curriculum for kids to read in high school. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

BoringOur hero leads a mundane life while under house arrest at a hotel in Moscow for decades. The reader gets to read about every trivial thing that he does or reminisces about from his past. It’s a laborious read..Score: 2/5

Could not put it down!Marvelous from intro to ending..Score: 5/5

MemorableExcellent book - couldn’t stop reading it..Score: 5/5

Like it so muchI like it so much I’ve read it months ago and it really was great and feels so real (that I thought it was real too)I’m waiting now the release of “Lincoln highway” and expect the same perfection!( this review is from a fan of Russian literature and the word “ Moscow” was the first reason of my reading and it didn’t let me down)..Score: 5/5

A Gentleman in MoscowWonderful.Score: 5/5

Favorite bookSuch gorgeous writing, beautiful story, what a treat!.Score: 5/5

A Gentleman in MoscowI had a little trouble in the beginning staying engaged with the writing style. This turned out to be one of my favorite books. How one man could make the best of his circumstances. A great lesson in the age of Covid. Beautiful book.Score: 5/5

Skip this bookWell written, but there is not much left to say. Long, uneventful, dull, and slow. Skip this one unless you have nothing else to read..Score: 3/5

Big summerContrived.Score: 1/5

TremendousWhat a wonderful story. I was transported..Score: 5/5

Slow start!Started it then put it down. I should have given it a bit more time. On my second try, I was hooked by page 45...so well written. It’s a great story with wonderfully developed characters..Score: 5/5

Delightfully entertaining.An enjoyable fiction laced with historical notes..Score: 5/5

Kept my interestThe main character’s charm kept my interest from page one..Score: 4/5

BeautifulWonderful, intelligent, and yet sweet..Score: 5/5

LovelyA lovely tale superbly told..Score: 5/5

VerboseGreat story,but very long with much artful ,creative dialogue that was unnecessary..Score: 3/5

Loved itFantastic book.Score: 5/5

So very well writtenThat it kept one waiting for more. Rich in flowing detail, almost as if an old Russian classic , A Gentleman set a standard for life and shows that the desire for freedom and adventure endure, regardless of time passing. My first Towles book but now I’m onto the next!.Score: 5/5

Dry!Felt the book dragged and did not develop interestingly enough for my preference..Score: 1/5

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Delightful!A delightful read, well written, full of wonderful characters, hopeful, sad, humorous..Score: 5/5

A rich and charming storyThis is the best novel I’ve read in a long time - a sweeping, historical story filled with interesting characters and ideas, yet predominantly set in just one location, the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. The novel is a love-letter to the civility & elegance which was lost during the Bolshevik Revolution, and while the history of ‘Old Europe’ certainly has its darker aspects, I couldn’t help but be charmed by Count Rostov and his astute observations and appreciation of the finer things. Just a wonderful book!.Score: 5/5

Gentleman from MoscowA wonderful read with a story that is so relevant to us all!.Score: 5/5

Life under Lockdown‘Showing a sense of restraint that was almost out of character, the count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of advise. 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 constant maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness” ; equal part wisdom literature, mystery,intrigue and a beautiful love story with historical underpinnings. A perfect book to read during the restrictions of a pandemic..Score: 5/5

A Gentleman in MoscowBeautifully written, with such attention to detail, it transports you into the author’s world, rich with history, culture, and the human story..Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenA book of grace. It is an honour to spend time with the principal characters.Score: 5/5

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