A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I absolutely loved A Gentleman in Moscow. It was chosen as a future read for my bookgroup and while I was not excited by the title, I loved it almost as soon as I began reading. I forced myself to read slowly to savor the writing and the life of Alexander Rostov.

The book begins in 1922 when youngish Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to live the rest of his life in Moscow’s Metropol hotel because he is an aristocrat. His life was spared because of a revolutionary poem attributed to him, but if he steps foot outside the Metropol he is told he will be shot on sight.

Rostov meets many interesting people including the daughter of a revolutionary (and later her daughter), a famous film actress, and a Soviet official,  all of whom enrich or even save, his life in one way or another.  He lives a surprising full life within the walls of the hotel.

The history of Russia and the Soviet Union is told as background to the book.

I ended up falling in love with Alexander Rostov a little bit. His gentlemanly ways will be with me for years to come.

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