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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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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is a fictional, award-winning book about a Russian Count who has been subjected to live his life in a hotel. Mr. Towels is a published writer and best-selling author, this is his second novel.

Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian aristocrat, has been deemed a “non-person” by a Bolshevik tribunal. Hence, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol hotel, right across from the Kremlin.

Count Rostov makes the best of his life as Russian history unfolds right outside his door, and in the magnificent hotel. The circumstances the Count founds himself in open more doors than ones which were closed.

I had no idea what to expect from A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. The synopsis itself was fascinating, but I had experience reading such books and they could quickly get bogged down.

Nevertheless, Mr. Towels managed to write a beautiful novel about friendship, parenthood, and making the best out of one’s hopeless situation. While the story is engaging, the novel’s strength is its characters and their relationships.

Count Rostov is a moral man, which begs to question how he survived that long. He is a friendly man, nonetheless, and befriends a thief, a movie star, and a lonely 9-year-old girl. As well as hotel guest, the Count also befriends hotel workers, and even consulates a military man to understand the West better.

The author brings the characters to life, each one with their own idiosyncrasies, personality, and humor. The Metropol Hotel is its own character in the book, with hidden staircases, each room with its own history and secrets.

I also very much enjoyed the study of Russian psyche and culture. The Count sees the world change from his limited view in the hotel. Ironically, that window also happen to be a front row seat to history in the making.

The novel was a pleasure to listen to, and I’m sure it will be a pleasure to read as well. As an added bonus, Rostov is a big fan of Russian literature.
And who doesn’t love books about books?

Surprisingly, I enjoyed the story much more than I thought I would. Nicholas Guy Smith, the narrator of this audiobook, manages to bring across the unique personalities of the story. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Sep 11, 2021 |
Une ambiance, un déroulé, un personnage de pure fiction, et qui pourtant éclairent une époque. ( )
  Nikoz | Sep 6, 2021 |
Loved this from start to end. Fantastic writing that recreates pictures that are so real and easy to imagine. Here is an example "..the door to the back stair opened and in rushed Andrey with a pile of oranges about to tumble from his arms. Reaching Emile's side, he bowed at the waist and spilled them onto the counter.
With the instincts of convicts who discovered the gates of their prison open, the individual oranges rolled in every direction to maximize their chance of escape. In a flash, Andrey had extended his arms in a grand circumference to fence them in. But one of the oranges dodged the maitre d's reach and shot across the counter - headed straight for the absinthe! Dropping his chopper, Emile lunge and plucked the glass from the counter in the nick of time. The orange, which was gaining confidence, dashed behind the fennel, jumped the counter, thudded to the floor, and made a break for the exit. But at the last moment, that door that separated Emile's kitchen from the rest of the world swung inward, sending the oranges spinning back across the floor...." ( )
  SteveMcI | Sep 4, 2021 |
I am only half way through this book and I like the way the author captured the changes in society that took place around the Russian Revolution. I am not a historian or an enthusiast about social classes, but I cannot help but feel a lose of all the skills that those ladies and gentlemen had and were doomed to disappear with their class. "it is a business of a gentleman to distinguish between men of rank" how much attention to very small details did they have to be able to do this :-) ( )
  Douna1980 | Sep 3, 2021 |
The multi-decade story of Count Rostov, who is placed under house arrest at the popular Metropol hotel in Russia. I found the characters increasingly grew on me throughout the book and it was definitely an enjoyable lockdown read! ( )
  Amzzz | Aug 18, 2021 |
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July 1, 2016
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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Towles, AmorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Arjaan en Thijs van NimwegenÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Höbel, SusanneÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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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.
It is not among the ashes in the Athenaeum ash cans.
It is not inside the blue pagodas of your fine Chinoiserie.

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Not in Sonnet XXX, stanza one;
Not on twenty-seven red...

                                    Where Is It Now? (Lines 1-19)
                         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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