A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Book - 2016
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beaches4evr
Apr 13, 2021

Absolutely delight-full!!!!

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abbib_0
Apr 07, 2021

Favorite Historical Fiction of all time. Simply gorgeous! Will read again and again.

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BrendaCW
Mar 18, 2021

Best book ever! Great writing! Will re-read this wonderful, delightful story.

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

I really don’t get all the hype. It was boring, uneventful and way too wordy.

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kwsmith
Feb 27, 2021

This slow paced novel offers a tour of Russian history from 1918 through 1954. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a well educated noble man of culture, is caught in the Bolshevik revolution and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Moscow Metropol, a timeless grand hotel. Instead of despairing his greatly reduced circumstances, the Count adapts wonderfully, meeting many true friends along the journey.

AndreaG_KCMO Jan 27, 2021

To give a book five stars after beginning it with an uncharitable disposition is high praise. For almost one hundred pages, I expected a sudden turn toward high drama and action; instead, a beautiful story builds upward and outward even as the Count remains under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. Full of humor and heart, this story kept me sighing and smiling as the former aristocrat and self-proclaimed luckiest man in Moscow rebuilds his life following the Revolution.

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kellyvigurs
Jan 27, 2021

rec from hillary

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L_Sanga
Jan 25, 2021

Bells ring, confetti pops & the audience applaud! This may be the best book that I've read.
Now, through such books as The Book of Longings & Circe, I'm coming to the realization that Historical Fiction is fast becoming my jam. I consider myself, for the majority - uneducated & untraveled. So, it makes sense right, that these books give me something more than a pleasant conversation with a stranger at a bus stop? But this guy....this, Towles Amor guy.....He powers up a film projector in my mind. Amor creates such vivid imagery to immerse oneself in. The (real) world he opens the door to is an escapism, a switch that waits to be flicked, let the film roll.
All this is inter weaved into a truly beautifully historic tale of adventure, friendship & bravery. Self reflection is what is waiting for you as the pages close. To take inventory of ones own choices, with the possibility of literature being a real enhancement.
This will be purchased and be available with the other arts that are in arms reach that help shape my thoughts and clear the mind.
Congratulations Mr Amor, I can only begin to imagine what it took to write this milestone....a trip to Manhattan is on my list. 5/5 - A Classic!

A fine story that makes one appreciate every detail of life, especially during covid shut down.

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Mrsmopar1
Jan 16, 2021

Way too boring...

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mcjacobs
Jan 12, 2021

This book is a delight! It's very funny in a quiet and droll way, and also heartwarming.

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Sabine3
Dec 12, 2020

Lovely story, well-written.

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korcarke
Dec 07, 2020

Exquisite and witty writing.
There are some incorrect facts but..it is FICTION. One of my favorite books.

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whyilikered
Nov 25, 2020

A delicious , thought-provoking book. I loved it.

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Rdi123
Nov 19, 2020

Excellent read

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martakb
Nov 15, 2020

I loved how the cadence of the writing supported the personality of the main character. One of my all time favorites!

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posie12
Nov 11, 2020

Charming, loved the bits about Russian writers.

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supernova_reader
Nov 05, 2020

Picked it up because it was on Bill Gates' summer read book list. There was a lot of description but it was all interesting. The book inspired reflection about the various stages of life. It would be a fun book to discuss with people!

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Laurliz
Oct 26, 2020

Absolutely loved this book. Read for bookgroup.

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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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