A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 3,664 Ratings


“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” Ann Patchett

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and 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 entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Soon to be a major television series starring five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh.

“And the intrigue! . . . [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery . . . a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama.” —The San Francisco Chronicle


  • A gentleman in Moscow

    By The Old Benz
    The language is superb; you live this story, and though you welcome the outcome, one feels a sense of loss when you have to leave these characters. Excellent.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By ellgenet
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By H. Nick
    What an outstanding, compassionate and loving book. A representation of humanity at its finest hour.
  • Excellent

    By Kat1959 22
    A really delightful read.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Dot in Boise
    Riveting! Humor, pathos, philosophy, intrigue—all woven into a brilliant storyline. Count Rostov is at the center of a cast of characters the reader grows to care for. But mostly, we care for Rostov whose humility only accentuates his nobility.
  • Wonderful

    By MissAliss1
    Every chapter is an adventure.
  • Time, transitions and details.

    By Saaigner
    A pleasure to read. Beautiful use of language. I would have preferred better transitions to the passing of years And more details after the escapes.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By William Fears, MD.
    Somewhat laborious read but enough philosophy to make it worth the effort.
  • A story of graciousness

    By meledoe
    In this day and age where so much speech is rude, crude and loud, this story was a wonderful treat - a reminder that we do have the option to deal with each other in a civil manner, even under difficult circumstances. A wonderful interweaving of history and fiction.
  • Wonderful!

    By Itz Just A RandomGuy
    What a beautifully written story. It will be one of my favorites.