Un caballero en Moscú / A Gentleman in Moscow

Paperback, 509 pages

Published Jan. 31, 2019 by Salamandra.


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3 stars (5 reviews)

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. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, “Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores 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 life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the …

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4 stars

As a reader with little background in Russian history or literature, I appreciated the gentleness the author showed in these areas, while still giving me a firm nudge toward them. The characters always come first in this story, and I enjoyed getting to know them. In the end I asked myself, is the story overly optimistic? Does it gloss over too many horrors? So far I lean towards saying no, the depth is there if you want to look for it, even if the story doesn't dwell on it.

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