A Gentleman In Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This is an interesting, although somewhat drawn out novel about an era that I have not thought much about. Through the eyes of its main character, Count Rostov, we go through a handful of decades starting in 1922 as the Russian Revolution takes place. Our protagonist is basically sentenced to house arrest in the luxurious Metropol  Hotel in the heart of Moscow. He must change his living quarters to a small room from the prestigious suite he would frequently inhabit before the revolution. He becomes the head waiter in this hotel where he was previously a very honored patron.

Count Rostov befriends a nine-year-old girl who is also living in a hotel and who runs around exploring all the nooks and crannies of this fascinating building and even comes across a pass key for all the rooms. Ultimately, decades later he meets the grown daughter of this young girl. The story is a complicated one, but allows the reader to get a perspective of how life in Russia evolved and impacted many people in different ways. It is also a story about how a mature educated man might be able to live his life if his boundaries were suddenly limited to one building mostly with the same people, although occasionally encountering others who were passing through and even has an opportunity for some romance.

 

 

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    A superb book! Aliveness transcends physical restriction. My wife and I read the book prior to our cruise last year to Moscow. On arriving, one of our destinations was the Metropol where we asked for, and received, a tour to several of the places described. Apparently, we were one of the few who asked for this. I would have thought more tourists would have read Gentleman and asked for the same thing. We returned home and our book group, which had read the book for discussion, was delighted with our photos. We hosted the discussion and, as a further joy, placed drinks on Metropol imprinted coasters!


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