‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles: a charming novel

Summary:

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

Taken from the publisher’s website:  https://www.penguin.co.uk

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Why should you read this book?

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, published in 2017, sold over a million copies and it was The Times/The Sunday Times/A Mail On Sunday/A Daily Express/ An Irish Times Book of the Year 2017. It also was one of Barack Obama’s Best Books of 2017 and it was nominated for the 2018 Independent Booksellers Week Award. As if this wasn’t good enough, a TV series based on A Gentleman in Moscow is coming!

This book follows the story of Count Alexander Rostov who has been sentenced to home arrest. He is forced to spend the rest of his life at the Metropol Hotel, being banished to a very small room in the attic. A Gentleman in Moscow is definitely one the most charming, sophisticated and witty novels I’ve ever read in my life. Count Alexander Rostov is an example of gracefulness and elegance.  He accepts the new terms of his life with such gracefulness and elegance, enjoying his days reading and thinking about life.

I definitely recommend this book. Not only it’s extremely well-written but also depicts one of the most kind and formidable protagonists. Above all, like all the Russian classics, A Gentleman in Moscow sheds light on questions of identity, humankind, fairness and individuality.

I’d like to thank Penguin Random House UK for the free copy. You can buy the book here.

“If a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.”
Book Details:

Publisher: Cornerstone (Penguin Random House UK)
Published on: November 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Price: £8,99

4 stars

 

 

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