A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

paperback, 496 pages

English language

Published March 26, 2019 by Penguin Books.

ISBN:
978-0-14-311043-9
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OCLC Number:
1085154321

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5 stars (12 reviews)

When, in 1922, thirty-year-old Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel near the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, Rostov must now live in an attic room as some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold. Unexpectedly, the Count's reduced circumstances provide him entry into a world of emotional discovery as he forges friendships with the hotel's denizens. But when fate puts the life of a young girl in his hands, he must draw on all his ingenuity to protect the future she deserves. Hailed for its humor, intrigue, and beautifully rendered scenes, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the Count's endeavor to become a man of purpose. --back cover

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An aristocrat survives, no, thrives! In Soviet Russia

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An aristorcat—a count—is sentenced after the Russian revolution to house arrest at the Metropole Hotel in Moscow where he remains for the next 30 years. A thin premise for a book? Not on your life. The author unfolds a rich and nuanced story of this extraordinary man’s life, plots, and liaisons, with the tumultuous years of mid-20th century Russia as a backdrop. The pages are generously spiced with commentaries, asides, and diversions on culture, literature, art, music, science, philosophy, food, drink, and politics. And at the end, the reader is rewarded with a thrilling conclusion worthy of a great spy novel. Brilliantly written with charm, wit, humour, and insight.

A really great novel

5 stars

I would not have thought I’d have liked a story set around the Russian revolution, but I was wrong. The development of the characters is excellent and you really begin to care for them. They exist within a compelling world of the early 20th century designed by the author. I particularly liked the ending, which was not a small achievement in this book. Highly recommended!

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