A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
From 2,221 Ratings
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“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” Ann Patchett

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

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


  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Ohmaddie
  • Wonderful Read

    By Laz1534
    Amor’s creation of Count Rostov reminds us that by mastering our own circumstances love and happiness is more easily discovered. A thoroughly entertaining novel and extremely well written.
  • Beautiful writing!

    By Word puzzler
    A pleasure to read from the first page to the last.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By BME7550
    What a read! I read it over the holidays and it was the perfect book to curle up with for a few days. It’s smart, curious, and keeps you coming back for more. I love the authors style…sentimental, real, with a historic prespective. I often reread passages because they were so beautifully written. I heard there may be a sequel and I hope that is true.
  • Worth pushing through the slow parts

    By Aaddesgg
    Masterful characters and plot. I smiled, laughed and even cried at the more poignant parts. Beautiful ending.
  • Laughter, Tears and more than one audible Gasp

    By asapr212
    What more could one want from a story?
  • A Gentleman In Moscow

    By Rozy J
    Superbly written, A Gentleman In Moscow, though a little hard to get into at the beginning, held my interest all the way through. I love the surprise twists at the end.
  • A Gentlemam in Moscow

    By desertqueensb
    Hands down, the best read of my life!
  • Excellent read!

    By Lovie Dovie2
    I enjoyed every detail of this fascinating book.
  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By baygirllistener
    My favorite book of the decade!