[A Gentleman in Moscow] Free ☆ Amor Towles
Tears were streaming down my face the Where Is Our Solar System? last several pages Turning each page slower and slower breathless filled with gratitude overwhelmed by what this rare book offers and then delivering a wonderful satisfying endingto the already rich wonderful absolutely marvelous novel Goose bumps and butterfly flutteringthe writing is pulsing withife Amor Towles sleading manCount RostovAlexander Ilyich Rostovor Sasha to a select few old friends is THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL male character to come along in recent Where Is the Vatican? literature I can t think of any other male character with the type of astounding dignity that Count Rostov exhibits I was eitherosing sleep reading this book tossing out all other daytime plans to continue readingor I was obsessively thinking about this book when I wasn t reading it My early thoughts were about Russia and the how the Bolsheviks came into powerand the years that followed Russia became symbolic of the spread of communism throughout the worldresulting in the end of all aristocracy SoNot only was Rostov s aristocracy being stripped away but his self expression and freedom of speech was being taken from his as well He wrote poetryand a poem called Where Is It NowI thought about this interesting title for some time As in where does Court Rostov stand now Rostov has succumbed irrevocably to the corruptions of his class according toThe People s Commissariat For Internal Affairs in Moscow 1922 I kept thinking isn t it somewhat an odd punishment to be given a Luce e ombra. Giocare con l'arte e la scienza. Con gadget life sentence of confinement to the walls inside a hotel A grand hotel at that The Metropol Hotel I mean Eloise in the Plaza Hotel in New York City was happy but she was free to step outside The Count s sentence is clear Should he step outside the Hotel at any time he will be shot killed Iost a few hours of my mind thinking only about this Why What else were choices of punishment for an aristocrat if not killed Did they have prisons And where was his money coming from Was food included without him paying for it in the restaurants in the hotel How on earth could he possibly earn money Buy clothes Essentials For the rest of his Nell'orto. Ediz. a colori life How will he spend his time and keep sane I was simply curious And most how might I have behaved if I were in the counts situation I dike to think I might have stood tall held my dignity be the gentle woman as Alexander was a GRAND GENTLEMAN The Count was a fabulous human beinga man I would ove to have shared a glass of wine with He was classy witty wise intelligent charming and kind There are endless ikable characteristics about Alexander He was generous with his soul Count Rostov s days of writing poetry were behind him He moved into a small room on the sixth floor in the attic He was moved out of his Cryptocurrency luxury suite that he hadived in for four years in the past Most of his valuable books were back in Parisbut he kept one book that once belonged to his father one he never had found time to read The Essays of Montaigne He will finally have time to read Michael de Montaigne essays now who was one of the most significant philosophers of the French renaissance known for popularizing I wanted to savour this one word for word Towles bestows on us a Sieben Jahre in Tibet language to be treasured a story to be rememberedThis was a remarkably enchanting narrative with a charming character A gentleman Rostov has been put under hotel arrest For the next several years as he serves his time relationships are cultivated from employees to guests to the visitors he receives and to a young girl whom he becomes a guardian forVery descriptive I tasted almost every meal he ate from the crisp and tartness of an apple to the bitterness of his coffee This is a man who truly separated himself from others in appreciating the simple things inife A man who was duly present authentic and honourableThis is a story that should be read with a good bottle of brandy or simply with the purist adoration for a storyteller who can transcend time and magically entrance us Bravo Towles Bravo I beueath a 5 star Later Edit I thought about deleting my confession because I received a few complains saying I got too personal Most of my reviews are a bit but maybe a went too far with this one However I thought better and the review stays because i want it to be a warning that this social platform which should be a place to share our opinion of books with each other in a friendly manner sometimes becomes a stress factor There is a pressure to Operaatio Para Bellum like some books because everybody does and you don t want to be the odd one out or you might feel reluctant to share your true feelings because some fanatics will attack you Guys we are here for the same thing theove of books in general We might not always agree but we should be kind to each other and respect other s opinions Ladies and gentleman I have a confession to make I pride myself that I am always honest in my reviews and for this reason I want to start the year with a confession about my original review of AGIM I was dishonest I increased my rating and I gave it a favorable review that was not in accordance to my real feelings I do not know why probably because so many of my friends were in Horse a Portrait A Photographer's Life With Horses love with it and I felt that I should have had the same opinion Duringast year I ve thought about this book a Aircraft of World War I 1914 1918 The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide lot and a negative review I read today by Jonathan made me decide to come clean My true opinion about this book is that it is neither charming or fun I could not stand the main character as I found him pretentious and superficial The plotacked realism and I do not feel it reflects the Russia of that time I also have to admit that O only read 60% of itOriginal review I can define this book with one word namely charming As the word s definition states the book was very pleasant and attractive thanks to its protagonist count Alexander RostovWhen the Bolsheviks came to power Count Rostov is sentenced to home arrest in Hotel Metropol one of the most famous and elegant establishments of this kind in Moscow Moved from his uarters to a small attic room the Count needs to adjust to Myth Taken Identity life in confinement and he does that with wit dignity poise and elegance He treats the hotel personnel with kindness and interest and makes unforgettable friends from the employees of the hotel and guests The most memorable is aittle girl Nina who becomes the count s guide into the secrets of the hotel The book reads as a beautiful fairy tale Its ack of realism and the count s capacity to be above all Russia s problems and also his own made me reduce one star I enjoyed this novel although I read it very slowly Some parts were marvelously enchanting others ess so All in all a beautiful book uite fitting for this season find this review others on my blog It s always a shock after you finish a particularly good book to Growing Marijuana (Idiot's Guides) look up and see the world go about its business with perfect indifference I struggle foranguage to adeuately express the feeling that came over me then one which emitted it seemed its own gravity holding me in place The trance of being so immersed in my reading wrapped me in its cold tingling embrace so that when I turned the The Jane Austen Project last page I was almost astonished and stepped forth with a sense of unreality Like I couldn t remember being there the way one feels when they re driving home and they suddenly find themself in their garage unable to remember the actual driveI ve no doubt that this book will reside for many years in theow Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? lit boudoir of my memories I am alreadyooking forward to reading it againSo what s this book aboutThe glory that had shone upon Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov a member of the Jockey Club Master of the Hunt vanishes when he is accused of writing a poem deemed counterrevolutionary and unceremoniously sentenced to Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact life confinement in Moscow s Metropol hotelBut for all that it was a prison it was auxurious one The year is 1922 and behind it all ooms the haunting specter of a country that is at the
fragile end of a brutal history an ill timed glance or a foot set in an unfortunate spot could bring end of a brutal history an ill timed glance or a foot set in an unfortunate spot could bring death and woe upon a person in the form of a bullet to the head or an exile to Siberia But Alexander Ilyich Rostov finds a fire a ferocious brightness in this new existence set aflame by the keenness of how the world appears to a man at such circumstances The Hotel Metropol is a world unto itself and within its walls the world had come and gone Men and women were drawn to it from every far flung crag of every country spilling their stories while the count carefully gathers them up Over the years the count also forges a ink between him and several residents of the hotel the chefs the doormen the bartenders the seamstresses and creates a door that he can knock at and count on being opened at any timeBut soon the years begin to press into a moment akin to a photo than a film and the count begins to feel for the first time the true weight of his sentence The fear that he wouldn t ever Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, leave the hotel that he would stay and grow old and bent and be put in the ground there became a monster that dogged his heel and he walked on through his days steadfastly refusing toook its way in case it pounced until it became impossible to ignore itThe hotel is the count s prison and it is his sanctuary but for how much The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew longer can it be either To what end he wondered had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the nextIt s not an easy task to make a story of imprisonment within an unvarying setting feel so hugely mesmerizing Fortunately Towles sets off all the fireworks he can with it and as a result the novelike the count thrives in captivityThere s a ot to swim in here to fall into the drowning waves is inevitable Towles spins his tale with the decisiveness of an explorer and the grace of with the decisiveness of an explorer and the grace of poet I was pulled deeper into the current of his anguage the words rippling past me Are You There God? It's Me M likeyre notes and my own heart seemed to be clipping along in staccato pleasure Many times I had to marshal my tired eyes in order to see the pages driving myself past exhaustion to a surreal and pertinacious wakefulnessTowles has certainly woven a sophisticated and powerful Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) literary achievement But what makes this novel so winning is not the generous prose or the impeccable pace or the characterization or even the gorgeously realized setting as eruditely rendered as they are It s the author s voice The arched eyebrow the conspiratorial wink the sly confiding tone The piercing irony and the craftiness with which he always seems to know the right nerve to touch at exactly the right moment to wound or to outrage most Despite the seemingly unpropitious circumstances this is not a dour book by any stretch and that s one of the greatest joys of its intelligence that it is pure unfettered fun The balance that the novel deftly strikes between academic playfulness and exuisite storytelling is absolutely masterful A Gentleman in Moscow is both relentlessly intellectual and a page turner in the true sense and I genuinely felt rejuvenated by its presence while all the time trying not to think about how painful it would be when it all inevitably ends A Gentl. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of hisife inside a On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS luxury hotelWith his breakout debut novel Rules of Civility Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing sophisticated fiction bringingate 1930s Manhattan to ife with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented “Towles writes with grace Of the proletariat The novel is beautifully written and each inconseuential detail exuisitely observed devotees of efficient decisive prose need to stay well clear est they bring a temper tantrum upon themselves Apart from the ghost of Tolstoy guiding his hand I detect an evocation of Oscar Wilde s writing in Towles flamboyant figurative imagery and the story cleverly avoids the trapdoor of tedium despite its opulent yet claustrophobic setting think of The Grand Budapest Hotel and you l summon a kindred vibeThe Count is a fanciful charismatic genial companion his waggish interplay with precocious kids spiteful waiters and willowy movie starlets had me up on my toes and dancing the Kalinka with mille feuille in hand Almost every man woman and babushka on Goodreads have already favoured this book so I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about Was this another example of mass hysteria I wonderedAnd I m so pleased that I did take it on Da I say Da I said it twiceThis is a novel of such whimsical delight that it Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children left me smiling from ear to ear for much of the read And I defy anyone or any thing man woman cat or dog not to fall inove with Count Alexander Ilych Rostov Vyshinsky Why did you write the poemRosov It demanded to be written I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demandsVyshinksy And where was that exactlyRostov In the south parlor at IdlehourVyshinksy IdlehourRosov The Rostov estate in Nizhny NovgorodVyshinksy Ah yes Of course How apt But et us return our attention to your poem Coming as it did in the subdued years after the failed revolt of 1905 many considered it a call to action Would you agree with that assessmentRosov All poetry is a call to action Hotel Metropol MoscowThis is just a snippet from the appearance of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov before the Emergency Committee of the People s Commissariat for Internal Affairs on 21 June 1922 Rostov was a member of the wrong class and a poet as well He was destined for a firing suad or an all expense paid trip to Siberia where he could still end up with a bullet in his head The way the Russians were deciding who was a threat to their new nation and the proper punishment to be enforced per case was so arbitrary and inconsistent that it was impossible to anticipate what your fate was going to be once you came before the Committee Luckily for all of us Rostov received a rather unusual punishment He was put under hotel arrest for the rest of his ife He could not set foot outside the walls of the Metropol Hotel or he would be executed immediately Given the alternatives having to Lonestar Sanctuary live in this grand hotel for the rest of hisife was actually a gift It was a microcosm of a city with a barbershop clothing stores and restaurants readily available for a man with discerning needs He would finally have time to read though he had Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator left his books in Paris when he decided to come back to Russia and was now stuck with the dusty tomes of his father They had different tastes He periodically made a stab at reading his father s favorite book of Montaigne but soon discovered it was the perfect height toevel his table Of course the beautiful room with the balcony that had plenty of space for his family possessions was taken away from him He was relocated to a small room in the attic He was constricted but aliveI was only a few pages in before I knew that the Count and I were not only going to be the best of friends but that he was also going to be a model for how a man of honor should conduct himself Here is an example of the Count telling us to reevaluate how we see the people we meet After all what can a first impression tell us about someone we ve just met for a minute in the Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India lobby of the hotel For that matter what can a first impression tell us about anyone Why no 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 We do have to make aot of snap judgements about people Rarely Are They All That they all that though it is amazing how difficult it is to erase and rewrite the first impression we have of someone I ve been surprised than once by discovering the depth of someone whom I thought was a shallow nincompoop We ve all felt the sting of people judging us too harshly or seeing us for someone Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, less than who we are I ve experienced people actuallyoathing me Biocentrismo. 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La nuova teoria del tutto leaving me baffled as to what I could have possibly done to induce thisevel of animosity Of course it has to be some misconception but nearly impossible to fix once they ve ocked me up with the other criminals in the dark damp cells of their mind The Count always erred on the side of trusting too much rather than condemning someone too hastily He was such a contrast to the new government who judged uickly and harshly with no compassion or consideration for circumstances After all Count Rostov was the ast gentleman in Moscow most of the rest having fled or been shot He never forgot his breeding or his place in the world even if his universe had shrunk to the size of a city block His best friend Mishka a poet floated in and out of his How Drawings Work life He brought with him the golden memories of their childhood They could reminiscence about the days of young adulthood whenife was a pear and the juice ran down their chins and the sticky nectar of shared experiences was a fragrance that filled the room around them Those were the days as fleeting as they proved to be The Count was not Truly Irresistible lonely After all this was a grand hotel with new people coming and going every day and there were even some people who elected to stay on a permanent basisike say an aging but still beautiful starlet After taking a uick Whisper Loudly look around the Count crossed the empty sitting room and entered the bedchamber where a willowy figure stood in silhouett In the year 1922 Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been sentenced to House arrest at the famed Moscow Hotel Metropol Once of theanded elite of Nizhy Novgorod the Count must I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life live out the rest of his days in one small hotel room As the Bolsheviks have persevered following their revolution noong are there ruling classes in Russia only comrades It is under these conditions that Count Rostov has become a former person who can no Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 longer step outside of the Metropol Using this premise Amor Towles has woven prose to create an enchanting story that makes up the Count s changed course of existence Over time Count Rostov grew to call himself theuckiest man in Russia This realization however occurs after he has been in the hotel Metropol for over thirty and forged close friendships with her staff and inhabitants At first he is a once proud man who has had all of his material possessions taken away from him and has to make do with ife in a room until the day that the Count encounters nine year old Nina altering the course of his ife A precocious girl with an eye for adventure Nina takes the Count with her on all of her forays through the hotel No onger is the Count confined to a room with his books and manuscripts but at the whims of an enchanting palace House arrest becomes uxurious instead of the intended punishment Towles creates a compelling cast of characters to complement the Count none vital to sustaining his existence than Sofia Nina s daughter who she The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) leaves in his care Rather than resenting this turn of events the Count raises Sofia as his own daughter and two become inseparable Yet Sofia is raised by the entire staff of the Metropol Emile the head chef of the Boyarsky restaurant Andrey the maitre d restaurant Marina the seamstress who becomes a mother figure and Vasily the concierge The group becomesike family over the course of the Count s house arrest and with the Fret Work Step By Step luxurious conditions of theobby bar and restaurant it becomes evident that the Count is the Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon luckiest man in all of Russia What makes A Gentleman in Moscow a true work of historical fiction are Towles apt descriptions ofife occurring outside of the Metropol s walls Stalin has taken control of the country and Russians can either join the party get shipped to Siberia or otherwise conveniently disposed of Relations with the west are tenuous at best but Towles relays these feelings in the Count s relations with American ambassador Richard Wilshire who becomes a key figure in the novel As Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE long as one has friends within the party which the Count manages to attain even enemiesike him can remain safe on a daily basis even if it means iving within the walls of a hotel A Gentleman in Moscow evokes an era of the tsar when the city rivals Paris and London as a destination for elite classes throughout Europe A member of the anded aristocracy prior the Bolshevik Revolution Count Rostov is well versed in Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) literature history and appears to be a true renaissance man Through his relationship with Nina and Sofia Towles shows the Count to have a genuine soft spot in his heart as well turning him into a truly memorable character A delight of an enchanting story to read A Gentleman in Moscow was worth the hype of the reviews I have read about it and rates 45 shiny stars 5 The Hotel Metropol in Moscow within sight of the Kremlin will see much in the coming years It will also become the home and prison of the former person known as the Count Alexander Rostov Sentenced by a Bolshevk Tribunalhe is confined forife in this Hotel Summarily taken from the suite he had inhabited for four years he is brought to the attic and given one of the storage rooms as his new homeOne of the most wonderful and memorable characters one is fortunate to make the acuaintance of the duke no Rechnen und Textaufgaben - Gymnasium 5. Klasse (Mathematik: Textaufgaben/Sachaufgaben, Band 155) longer to be addressed as his excellency will make the most of his imprisonment Through his eyes we will experience the many changes in Russia from Stalin to Khrushchev as the hotel is the home for many meetings and dinners of the top ranking members of the politburo A friendship with a young eight year old girl will bring color to hisife that will How to Prove It (A Structured Approach) last for over thirty yearsThis book as something for everyone humor someaugh at oud some veiled food and wine
pairings amazing friendships much history iterature architecture and philosophy even American movies Some scenes that will surely eave you with a amazing friendships much history iterature architecture and philosophy even American movies Some scenes that will surely Highland Hucow leave you with a in your throat Words and insights that had me putting the book down just to think about what I read Tightly constructed things in the beginning that will come into playater in the book Such a brilliant rendering of time and placeI usually don t gush about a novel but I The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life (English Edition) loved everything about this book What I write can t really do it justice but whenever I think about this story these characters it make me smile I wish they could step out of the book so I could meet them in person As much as Ioved his first book I appreciated this one Read it for yourself I am sure there is something in it form you to appreciateARC from Netgalley. 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 arger world of emotional discoveryBrimming with humor a glittering cast of characters and one beautifully rendered scene after another this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. ,
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Eman in Moscow is also as poignant as it is perplexing and profound The book takes time to ruminate meaningfully on selfhood friendship parenthood and the devastating unattainability of modest hopes It s also boldly driven by the urge to make observations about other people while also offering them succor and guidance People after all deserve not only our consideration writes Towles but our reconsideration Further the novel is intricately carved with footnotes the asides are not only effective in explaining unfamiliar references but they also succeed in creating a poised and elegant punctuation throughout the book reminding the reader of the author s editorial presence even at their most enthralledIt is undeniable that A Gentleman in Moscow Hope Solo: My Story Young Readers' Edition lives and dies on its characters so richly drawn and so idiosyncratically compelling are they and the novel thrives with the people it focuses on who together make somethingike the word familyThe details of the count s uality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry life at the Hotel Metropol are vividly painted and it s a treat to simply spend time with him There is a roaring vitality to his presence that cannot be contained as though he breathed all the world s air and onlyeft enough for others by sheer benevolence He is capable and steady and thoughtful every movement considered and although serving a Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) lifelong sentence the favorable vestiges of the count s aristocratic upbringing remained Alexander Ilyich Rostov hasn tost any of his upright dignity that earthbound grace and that steady gaze with deep set humor He took joy in savoring the simple pleasures of Oh Susannah life good wine good company and a good book and that had the flavor of rebellion He was a man ferociously committed to the business of mastering his circumstances so he dropped his anchor declared a truth and found a harbor And when he could noonger be important he turned his clever mind to the task of becoming charmingThe count is utterly captivating in his interactions with other characters though they all steal almost every scene they re in Nina the precocious 9 year old who holds a master key which allows her into every room Emile the grouchy cook with his caustic whit and cavernous gloom and Andrey the French ma tre d with a preternatural knowledge of the hotel s inner workings and preternaturally agile hands Their presence was The Founders of Psychical Research like a warm stone the count cupped in his hands and I relished the feeling that their solitudes had joined together There is tragedy at the heart of this story after all but there is also unimaginable tenderness and it s what follows you off the page These are the greatest of conveniences Anushka and at one time I had them all But in the end it has been the inconveniences that have mattered to me most Melinda and I sometimes read the same book at the same time It s usually aot of fun but it can get us in trouble when one of us is further along than the other which recently happened when we were both reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesAt one point I got teary eyed because one of the characters gets hurt and must go to the hospital Melinda was a couple chapters behind me When she saw me crying she became worried that a character she Pelé: The King of Soccer loved was going to die I didn t want to spoil anything for her so I just had to wait until she caught up to meThat one scene aside A Gentleman in Moscow is a fun clever and surprisingly upbeatook at Russian history through the eyes of one man At the beginning of the book Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to spend his Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals life under house arrest in Moscow s Metropol Hotel It s 1922 and the Bolsheviks have just taken power of the newly formed Soviet Union The book follows the Count for the next thirty years as he makes the most of hisife despite its imitationsAlthough the book is fictional the Metropol is a real hotel I ve even been ucky enough to stay there and it Omgiven av idioter looked mostly the same as Towles describes in the book It s the kind of place where you can t help but picture what it wasike at different points in time The hotel is Kapitulatus! located across the street from the Kremlin and managed to survive the Bolshevik revolution and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union That s aot of history for one buildingMany scenes in the book never happened in real ife as far as I know but they re easy to imagine given the Metropol s history In one Memorable Chapter Bolshevik Officials chapter Bolshevik officials that the hotel s wine cellar is counter to the ideals of the Revolution The hotel staff is forced to remove abels from than 100000 bottles and the restaurant must sell all wine for the same price The Count who sees himself as a wine expert is horrifiedCount Rostov is an observer frozen in time watching these changes come and go He felt to me ike he was from a different era from the other characters in the book Throughout all the political turmoil he manages to survive because well he s good at everythingHe s read seemingly every book and can identify any piece of music When he s forced to become a waiter at the hotel restaurant he does it with this panache that is incredible He knows his iuor better than anyone and he s not shy about sharing his opinions The Count should be an insufferable character but the whole thing works because he s so charmingTowles has a talent for uirky details Early ish in the book he says the Count reviewed the menu in reverse order as was his habit having Ci alleniamo anche se piove?: Miserie e splendori del calcio dilettantistico learned from experience that giving consideration to appetizers before entrees can onlyead to regret A description Star Wars Thrawn Star Wars Thrawn like that tells you so much about a character By the end of the book I feltike the Count was an old friendYou don t have to be a Russophile to enjoy the book but if you are it s essential reading I think early 20th century Russian history is super interesting so I ve read a bunch of books about Lenin and Stalin A Gentleman in Moscow gave me a new perspective on the era even though it s fictional Towles keeps the focus on the Count so most major historical events New York Is English, Chattanooga Is Creek. (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) like World War II getittle than a passing mention But I Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy loved seeing how these events still shifted the world of the Metropol in ways big and small It gives you a sense of how political turmoil affects everyone not just those directly involved with it A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be aittle bit of everything There s fantastical romance politics espionage parenthood and poetry The book is technically historical fiction but you d be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a The Stray Bullet love story Even if Russia isn t on your must visitist I think everyone can enjoy Towles s trip to Moscow this summer A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov who is sentenced to Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 live out the rest of hisife on house arrest in the Metropol hotel following his conviction by a Bolshevik tribunal He was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and is stripped of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime From one of the hotel s most prestigious guests to a member of the wait staff Count Rostov manages his fall from grace with poise and dignityThis book provided beautiful imagery and a thought provoking dialogue on the rise of communism in Russia over a period of about 30 or so years beginning in 1922 I was amazed at the insights of Count Rostov related to world events especially considering that he was confined to a arge hotel for the majority of his adult ife He was an intriguing and remarkable personalityBeyond all else Count Rostov remained a gentleman At times his focus on manners and his devotion to various formalities seemed ridiculous After all he was essentially imprisoned in a gilded cage
What did he have to oseHowever I came to appreciate the formal mannerisms of Count Rostovdid he have to oseHowever I came to appreciate the formal mannerisms of Count Rostov truly was a gentleman By staying true to himself he refused to La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques let the regime win He wasn t bitter He didn t waste energy on blatant defiance of the Bolsheviks He kept his head high and maintained his composure It was truly impressiveOver the course of the decades spent in the Metropol a colorful cast of characters comes into the Count sife Despite the fact that he cannot Bear Humbug leave the hotel he always has something interesting going on Most notable were a handful of the hotel s employees a famous actress and two young girls The first girl a nine year old named Nina Kulikova becomes a constant in Alexander sife when she has a prolonged stay at the hotel Alexander takes her under his wing becoming a mentor of sorts Together the two make a game of spying on the hotel s various occupants and become virtually inseparable Alexander counsels her on the characteristics of a princess Nina breathes Afterlife life into his day to day existenceYearsater Nina returns to ask a favor of her old friend She needs the Count to watch over her daughter while she goes in search of her husband who has been taken by the regime Alexander agreesAs time passes and there is no word from Nina Alexander raises her daughter as his own Young Sofia is the source of his Blue Is for Nightmares life s joy and purpose Along with the other members of the hotel staff that comprise his inner circle Sofia is brought up to be a proper youngady Spanning decades A Gentleman in Moscow provides romance and political intrigue It certainly is no small undertaking Accordingly the story does seem to drag at times There was just so much time covered and so many changes occurring while the Count s Heroes Die life remained rather stagnant at times Truly that was his punishment to be excluded fromife outside the hotel while having a bird s nest views to watch it from the windows and balconiesWhile I was taken aback by the beauty of this story at times I also found myself bored for much of this book Sure there were many things that I found to be uite interesting about the Count s L'Ingénu life and the ongoing commentary on Russia s Bolshevik era politics However I found my mind wandering freuently That being said I do think that this book is worth a read It was interesting if not always entertaining or gripping I certainly feel enlightened for having read this book It was a nice change for me Now I think Il jump right back into my preferred romance genre with a feel good story that is about as deep as a kiddie pool LOL A gentleman can ive through anything Oscar WildeReawakening my childhood memories of The Count of Monte Cristo Amor Towles delivers a sprawling chucklesome novel of aristocratic derring doThe Bolsheviks have seized power in Mother Russia and Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest at Moscow s Hotel Metropol A nobleman of impeccable manners Rostov is billeted in an austere attic room with barely enough space to swing a Cossack but nevertheless never allows his highborn standards to slipHis Excellency is charm personified he is altogether a bon vivant a gourmet a polymath and a gentleman of unrestrained integrity Men ove him women adore him even cats and dogs purr and pant in his glittering presence In short this is a chap who might make even Cary Grant seem inelegantDespite being born into privilege and therefore used to being fawned over by all and sundry our aristocrat never condescends his attendants and sees great nobility in the honest toil. Nd verve about the s and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change”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 Pampa Pampa life and must nowive in. .