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Ein Gentleman in Moskau

von Amor Towles

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"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 hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery..."--… (mehr)
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If only I could give this six stars. A masterwork. Beautifully constructed. Beautifully written. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Sencillamente increíble. ( )
  seralv04 | Feb 14, 2024 |
Very well written, very clever book, with something witty on every page. It's packed with Russian history and vocab to learn. You can tell when an author does the research on a period book. ( )
  lneukirch | Feb 4, 2024 |
Mostly audiobook

Loved this. When I was getting towards the end I was actually rationing it so it would last longer.

I saw that Ewan McGregor will play the count in the series so I came in to it thinking of him in the role and that really worked for me especially when we met Nina and Sophia and all I could think of was Obi Wan and Leia.

Anyway, I found it delightful and look forward to the other books by this author that I have on my shelves. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
I can't say enough good things about Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow.

(Amor Towles. What a weird name. It can’t be the author’s real name!)

For one thing, I can't remember having read a book lately about so many nice, civilised, and even noble characters. Given the scum we are regularly inundated with in the media this is not saying much, but still.

Not that A Gentleman is without villains. It has a good one.

But this novel is about the nobility of character and the nobility of purpose if it is about anything.

The novel's hero, Count Alexander Rostov, is considered a "Former Person" in the parlance of the Bolsheviks. For mysterious reasons he is neither booted out of Russia nor executed as a leftover from the Czarist regime. Instead he is sentenced to spend the remainder of his days living in Moscow's Metropol Hotel.

I guess this way the regime can keep an eye on him.

On the surface of the story he is quite a comical holdover from the ancient regime, taking his meals at the usual time; clipping his hair in the barbershop weekly; and socialising in the hotel bar. As a mess of paying his bill, or maybe just from loneliness he eventually takes a job as a waiter in the dining room. He and his friends are, let’s face it, snobs.

World events swirl around him. That he seems to find meaning and purpose in his new status, that he builds a coterie of friends, even family in this strained environment is a great credit to Towles' writerly skill. Like many of the nobodies in Russian letters, Count Rostov counts..ie he has influence in the world. His journey from meaninglessness to participation is really what drives the story.

Rostov is a civil person. He values civility and is a great mirror on those around him who are less than civil, including the Bolshevik regime. Throughout he is a champion of civilisation in the broadest sense.

Towles returns to the hotel mien to exorcise his characters, something he did beautifully in his first novel, Rules of Civility. He weighs the Russian-ness of the Revolution against the system it replaced. He is hard on its treatment of artists. He is especially hard on the Bolsheviks' understanding of progress and the subtle ways it replaced a monarchical dictatorship with a dictatorship of different sorts. In the end, not that much different. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
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In his remarkable first novel, the best-selling Rules of Civility (2011), Towles etched 1930s New York in crystalline relief. Though set a world away in Moscow over the course of three decades, his latest polished literary foray into a bygone era is just as impressive. Sentenced as an incorrigible aristocrat in 1922 by the Bolsheviks to a life of house arrest in a grand Moscow hotel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is spared the firing squad on the basis of a revolutionary poem he penned as an idealistic youth. Condemned, instead, to live his life confined to the indoor parameters of Metropol Hotel, he eschews bitterness in favor of committing himself to practicalities. As he carves out a new existence for himself in his shabby attic room and within the magnificent walls of the hotel-at-large, his conduct, his resolve, and his commitment to his home and to the hotel guests and staff together form a triumph of the human spirit. As Moscow undergoes vast political changes and countless social upheavals, Rostov remains, implacably and unceasingly, a gentleman. Towles presents an imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2016 Booklist
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How well I remember

When it came as a visitor on foot
And dwelt a while amongst us
A melody in the semblance of a mountain cat.

Well, where is our purpose now?

Like so many questions
I answer this one
With the eye-averted peeling of a pear.

With a bow I bid goodnight
And pass through terrace doors
Into the simple splendors
Of another temperate spring;

But this much I know;

It is not lost among the autumn leaves on Peter's Square.
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                         Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov   1913
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At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.
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Mindful of their surroundings, the three damsels would initially speak in the hushed voices of gentility; but swept away by the currents of their own emotions, their voices would inevitably rise, such that by 11:15, even the most discreet enjoyer of a pastry would have no choice but to eavesdrop on the thousand-layered complications of their hearts.
The crowded confusion of furniture gave the Count's little domain the look of a consignment shop in the Arbat.
Yes, some claimed Emile Zhukovsky was a curmudgeon and others called him abrupt. Some said he was a short man with a shorter temper.
It was a place where Russians cut from every cloth could come to linger over coffee, happen upon friends, stumble into arguments, or drift into dalliances—and where the lone diner seated under the great glass ceiling could indulge himself in admiration, indignation, suspicion, and laughter without getting up from his chair.
Tall and thin, with a narrow head and superior demeanor, he looked rather like a bishop that had been plucked from a chessboard.
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"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 hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery..."--

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