A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
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More than 750,000 readers have fallen in love with the New York Times bestseller A Gentleman in Moscow

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

“‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” —TheSkimm

“Irresistible . . . [an] elegant period piece . . . as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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 his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming 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.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle


  • Needed more action

    By Staynavytom
    I got bored about a third of the way through the book. Could not find a plot.
  • Spectacular

    By Polarshores
    This book took me through the gamut of human emotions...and back again. I read it in one sitting and can hardly wait to read it again.
  • Wonderfully written book!

    By NitaNiceville
    This was a fantastic book. You can't help but love the Count. He is such an interesting man and his relationships are just as interesting. I also enjoyed the bits of historical facts throughout the book. I do hope the author is working on another book.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Alexarod13
  • Reminiscent of one of my favorite novels

    By Deedeebrowne
    This story reminded me of one of my favorite novels "All the Light we cannot See", in the way Amor Towles threads a complex and transforming climate overflowing with impossibly unique characters.
  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By Doc HIF
    Great prose, great characters. Best book I have read all year. Never boring. Creates terrific imaginative scenes and sub plots. Heart warming
  • Gentleman in Moscow

    By Dawne's IPod
    Great Read! Hoping for a sequel to find out what happens next. Really didn't want the story to end.
  • Fantastic read!

    By court1015
    I was instantly drawn to the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. The Count and his story are one to easily get wrapped up into, it was hard to put down!
  • The Gentleman from Moscow

    By Chocshop
    Fascinating! Wonderful character development & beautiful descriptions. I looked forward to each new page! Far better than Rules of Civility, in my opinion.
  • Definite recommendation

    By Lives "to do"
    Loved this book--the storyline--the characters--the writing style. So enjoyable and entertaining I didn't want it to end.