A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Book - 2016
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In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780670026197
Characteristics: 462 pages :,maps ;,24 cm.

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DCLadults Aug 09, 2018

I was swept away by the beautiful writing and fascinating characters in "A Gentleman in Moscow." This is the story of a Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxury hotel. Kenneth Branagh will star in and produce the TV adaptation. Don't wait to watch it, read it first!

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brangwinn
Aug 05, 2018

Nope, didn’t think I’d like this book despite all the 5 star reviews. By golly, they were right. The closest comparison I can think of is Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland series. Only this takes you from pre-revolutionary Russia up to the mid-1950s. And the story is told all from the point of view of a former aristocrat held in house arrest at a classy Moscow hotel. This turned out to be one of m favorite books, with a wonderful end, but not what I expected.

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debrazinik
Aug 03, 2018

Excellent book, beautifully written. Such a joy to read.

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maipenrai
Jul 28, 2018

Terrific!! Amazing!! One of the best novels I have read recently. Count Alexander Rostov is made a non-person for the sin of being an aristocrat in the early days after the Russian revolution. Instead of being shot he is confined to the Metropol hotel for the rest of his life. The author educates us in Russian literature and politics in such a palatable manner that you do not even realize how much you are learning. As the count lives out his life in one building he expands his experiences and loyalties to friends and children so that his existence becomes so full that the confinement almost disappears. The author is superb at creating characters !! Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Squid_1
Jul 24, 2018

Very charming....

PCope Jul 17, 2018

I did end up adoring this book, but it's not the easiest book to get into. You have to give it a chance and turn yourself over to the experience. And once you do, you'll see the Count is charming, surprising, and utterly engrossing. Sort of a Scarlet Pimpernel crossed with Rick from 'Casablanca'. Read it more than once. Really. You'll have to, since it's irresistible.

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WoodneathSheri
Jul 02, 2018

This is a book of historical fiction that takes place in Moscow. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. I loved all the characters, especially Count Alexander Rostov, the main character. He is truly a gentleman. Even though he was stripped of his freedom he continued to live his life with dignity, kindness, and grace. The writing was beautiful and it really brought the story to life for me. I never felt like I wanted to rush through the book even though it was slow paced. Instead I wanted to explore the halls with Nina and dine with the Count. I loved everything about this book and highly recommend that you enjoy it with a glass of wine. 5 giant stars!

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hetzelg
Jun 09, 2018

Count Rostov is portrayed as a multi-layered man whose circumstances have changed radically from his youth to the 30+ years he spends as a man under house arrest. While he fondly reminisces about those days of old, he is not paralyzed by them. Through his relationships with other employees and guests at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow he learns to live his new life to the fullest if not beat the communists at their own game.
A great read, well paced and imminently entertaining!

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

Just a delightful book!

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

Almost from the start, this charming adult fairy tale cast its spell on me, though the sentimentality was never overpowering. Like the bouillabaisse served by the Triumvirate, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW has all the right ingredients: an original, engaging story; a colorful cast of characters; a sumptuous setting; beautiful prose; and moments of humor and wisdom, with dashes of Russian history and culture. It so pleased my literary palate, I just might go back for seconds.

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“…if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them.” - p. 18

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box. . . .” - p. 52

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“Here, indeed, was a formidable sentence--one that was on intimate terms with a comma, and that held the period in healthy disregard.” - p. 68

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“It is a sad but unavoidable fact of life," he began, "that as we age our social circles grow smaller. Whether from increased habit or diminished vigor, we suddenly find ourselves in the company of just a few familiar faces.” - p. 94

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.” - pp. 120-121

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cknightkc
Jun 05, 2018

“Showing a sense of personal restraint that was almost out of character, the Count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of parental advice. 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 maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.” - p. 419

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Carolyn_51
Mar 14, 2018

The author shows insight into the customs. language, and values of his characters and their time. In just a few words he makes the reader picture the scene and often leaves gaps of years, leaving an explanation of what happened during this time for later in the story. A book that I couldn't put down.

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