A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
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With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.
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.
Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavour to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
'WINNING ... GORGEOUS ... SATISFYING ... TOWLES IS A CRAFTSMAN' New York Times Book Review
Phylippa Smithson - 'This is one of the most elegantly written stories I have ever read. Oozing quick paced humour and wonderfully real characters.'
Ann Peet - 'A surprising, intriguing and perceptive story of life in Russia from the 1920s to the 1950s...Words such as ingenious, whimsical, unusual could all be applied to this well written novel.'