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Debbie D. (debbiemd) reviewed A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (Random House Large Print) on
Helpful Score: 3
beautiful book, beautifully written. a little slow in the beginning, partly due to the writing style, partly due to trying to keep track of all the Russian names and history. But so glad I stuck with it. Great characters and wonderful language.
Engrossing story of a Russian man on lifetime 'house arrest' at an enormous hotel. The colorful characters really come to life as he interacts with everyone feom the in-house barber to the famous actress. An excellent read.
If you are reading this novel for a book club, whatever you do, do NOT try to start it the night before the event! This is a book to be read slowly. Each paragraph, each page is to be savored just as Count Rostov reveled in each moment, each sip of carefully chosen wine, each carefully prepared meal, and each relationship even though he was banished to be in exile in the Metropol Hotel for life. Count Rostov's approach to life reminded me of the Buddhist practice of "mindfulness" throughout decades of life in a hotel. After reading a few pages, I started over with a notebook in hand to record the various Russian characters as the author correctly pointed out that we are prone to trip over tricky Russian names. I will definitely reread this book as there are many pearls of wisdom in this book full of life's lessons.
Well, interesting idea, but I couldn't get into it. I guess to me it was about an inconsequential man in consequential times. It just doesn't ring true for that era of Russian history. I guess it basically isn't a novel of history.
I should have known! All the wonderful reviews meant I HAD to read this book. I found it an okay read, the Count was charming, pretentious of course, after all he IS a Count. He was convicted by the Bolsheviks as an unrepentant aristocrat and ordered to spend the rest of his life at the Metropole Hotel. His friends were the staff and visitors. I did love the 8 year old Nina as they formed a beautiful friendship.
However, there was no action, nothing exciting ever happened, and I was bored. I wanted more history of the Bolsheviks and less fable. The book dragged for me and the convoluted language didn't help. I love history and there just wasn't enough there during the time of the Russian Revolution. (less)
I enjoyed this book very much but found it slow in the beginning. History of Russia was interesting and I loved the count. He was held hostage in the Metropole Hotel and developed a friendly relationship with the staff and especially 8 year old Nina. I found Amor Towles writing to be as excellent as his other book, Rules of Civility. Looking forward to the next book by Towles.