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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    This book is written with beautiful prose as befits a well educated gentleman narrator. It starts off slowly but is worth the tapestry that is woven by the author.

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  • Ah, delight!

    This wonderful book had me on the first page and continued to delight to the very end. The characters were interesting and varied! The Count was the most interesting with his approach to changes in his life that for many would be devastating but for him an opportunity. Some history and a view into a very different world made reading this story a very rich experience.

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  • Simply an excellent tale

    One of the best novels I’ve read in recent memory. The author weaves an intriguing and touching story that you will not want to end.

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    A wonderful central character who exemplifies the idea that, while we cannot control the wind, we can control the set of our sails. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

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  • Man of the world turns a hotel into a whole world

    Towles creates a whole world inside the Metropol Hotel, where Count Alexander Rostov is under house arrest by the Bolsheviks. He is evicted from his opulent suite to a tiny garret room and not allowed to leave, but the Count makes a rich life for himself there. Though his entire life has been changed and his freedom of movement is gone, nothing changes Rostov’s impeccable manners and sincere interest in and consideration for other people. He is informally adopted by young Nina, who is living at the Metropol with her widowed father, a bureaucrat in the new Soviet government. Nina may remind you of Eloise at the Plaza, because she knows every nook and cranny of the hotel, and all its staff. It serves Rostov well over the years that Nina shares all her knowledge with him before she grows up and leaves. Through Rostov’s experiences with the hotel’s staff and guests, the reader witnesses Moscow’s history from the Revolution well into the Cold War. The Metropol may remain a luxury hotel, but it and its inhabitants are not immune to the tides of history. The book has a magical feel. Part of that is just the idea of somebody living in a hotel. Haven’t you always wondered what that must be like? But it’s more than that. Towles takes his time letting us get to know who Rostov really is under those exquisite manners. He imposes calm and patience on the reader, so that you just float along with the story, allowing it to unfold at its own pace. The floating is a very pleasant experience because of the characters and Towles’s evocative writing style. One line particularly stuck with me when a writer makes a political protest and winds up “on a train bound for Siberia and the realm of second thoughts.” I hope I’m not making the book sound too sedate. It definitely has its moments of action and thrills. It’s just a tremendously satisfying story and my pick for best historical novel of 2016.

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