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READ â A Gentleman in Moscow Æ [KINDLE] ❀ A Gentleman in Moscow Author Amor Towles – Helpyouantib.co.uk 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 hotelWith his breakout debut novel Rules From the New York Times bestsellingE 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 discoveryBrimming 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 purpo. Later Edit I thought about deleting my confession because I received a few complains saying I got too personal Most of my reviews are a bit but maybe a went too far with this one However I thought better and the review stays because i want it to be a warning that this social platform which should be a place to share our opinion of books with each other in a friendly manner sometimes becomes a stress factor There is a pressure to like some books because everybody does and you don't want to be the odd one out or you might feel reluctant to share your true feelings because some fanatics will attack you Guys we are here for the same thing the love of books in general We might not always agree but we should be kind to each other and respect other's opinions Ladies and gentleman I have a confession to make I pride myself that I am always honest in my reviews and for this reason I want to start the year with a confession about my original review of AGIM I was dishonest I increased my rating and I gave it a favorable review that was not in accordance to my real feelings I do not know why probably because so many of my friends were in love with it and I felt that I should have had the same opinion During last year I've thought about this book a lot and a negative review I read today by Jonathan made me decide to come clean My true opinion about this book is that it is neither charming or fun I could not stand the main character as I found him pretentious and superficial The plot lacked realism and I do not feel it reflects the Russia of that time I also have to admit that O only read 60% of itOriginal review I can define this book with one word namely charming As the word’s definition states the book was very pleasant and attractive thanks to its protagonist count Alexander RostovWhen the Bolsheviks came to power Count Rostov is sentenced to home arrest in Hotel Metropol one of the most famous and elegant establishments of this kind in Moscow Moved from his uarters to a small attic room the Count needs to adjust to life in confinement and he does that with wit dignity poise and elegance He treats the hotel personnel with kindness and interest and makes unforgettable friends from the employees of the hotel and guests The most memorable is a little girl Nina who becomes the count’s guide into the secrets of the hotel The book reads as a beautiful fairy tale Its lack of realism and the count’s capacity to be above all Russia’s problems and also his own made me reduce one star I enjoyed this novel although I read it very slowly Some parts were marvelously enchanting others less so All in all a beautiful book uite fitting for this season

A Gentleman in MoscowE 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 discoveryBrimming 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 purpo. Later Edit I thought about deleting my confession because I received a few complains saying I got too personal Most of my reviews are a bit but maybe a went too far with this one However I thought better and the review stays because i want it to be a warning that this social platform which should be a place to share our opinion of books with each other in a friendly manner sometimes becomes a stress factor There is a pressure to like some books because everybody does and you don't want to be the odd one out or you might feel reluctant to share your true feelings because some fanatics will attack you Guys we are here for the same thing the love of books in general We might not always agree but we should be kind to each other and respect other's opinions Ladies and gentleman I have a confession to make I pride myself that I am always honest in my reviews and for this reason I want to start the year with a confession about my original review of AGIM I was dishonest I increased my rating and I gave it a favorable review that was not in accordance to my real feelings I do not know why probably because so many of my friends were in love with it and I felt that I should have had the same opinion During last year I've thought about this book a lot and a negative review I read today by Jonathan made me decide to come clean My true opinion about this book is that it is neither charming or fun I could not stand the main character as I found him pretentious and superficial The plot lacked realism and I do not feel it reflects the Russia of that time I also have to admit that O only read 60% of itOriginal review I can define this book with one word namely charming As the word’s definition states the book was very pleasant and attractive thanks to its protagonist count Alexander RostovWhen the Bolsheviks came to power Count Rostov is sentenced to home arrest in Hotel Metropol one of the most famous and elegant establishments of this kind in Moscow Moved from his uarters to a small attic room the Count needs to adjust to life in confinement and he does that with wit dignity poise and elegance He treats the hotel personnel with kindness and interest and makes unforgettable friends from the employees of the hotel and guests The most memorable is a little girl Nina who becomes the count’s guide into the secrets of the hotel The book reads as a beautiful fairy tale Its lack of realism and the count’s capacity to be above all Russia’s problems and also his own made me reduce one star I enjoyed this novel although I read it very slowly Some parts were marvelously enchanting others less so All in all a beautiful book uite fitting for this season

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A Gentleman in Moscow ð 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 hotelWith his breakout debut novel Rules of Civility Amor Towles established himself A Gentleman Kindle as a master of absorbing sophisticated fiction bringing late s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style Readers and critics were enchanted as NPR commented “Towles writes. ✧ find this review others on my blog ✧It’s always a shock after you finish a particularly good book to look up and see the world go about its business with perfect indifference I struggle for language to adeuately express the feeling that came over me then; one which emitted it seemed its own gravity holding me in place The trance of being so immersed in my reading wrapped me in its cold tingling embrace so that when I turned the last page I was almost astonished and stepped forth with a sense of unreality Like I couldn’t remember being there the way one feels when they’re driving home and they suddenly find themself in their garage unable to remember the actual driveI’ve no doubt that this book will reside for many years in the low lit boudoir of my memories I am already looking forward to reading it againSo what's this book aboutThe glory that had shone upon Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov—a member of the Jockey Club Master of the Hunt—vanishes when he is accused of writing a poem deemed counterrevolutionary and unceremoniously sentenced to life confinement in Moscow’s Metropol hotelBut for all that it was a prison it was a luxurious one The year is 1922 and behind it all looms the haunting specter of a country that is at the fragile end of a brutal history; an ill timed glance or a foot set in an unfortunate spot could bring down death and woe upon a person in the form of a bullet to the head or an exile to Siberia But Alexander Ilyich Rostov finds a fire a ferocious brightness in this new existence set aflame by the keenness of how the world appears to a man at such circumstances The Hotel Metropol is a world unto itself and within its walls the world had come and gone Men and women were drawn to it from every far flung crag of every country spilling their stories while the count carefully gathers them up Over the years the count also forges a link between him and several residents of the hotel—the chefs the doormen the bartenders the seamstresses—and creates a door that he can knock at and count on being opened at any timeBut soon the years begin to press into a moment akin to a photo than a film and the count begins to feel for the first time the true weight of his sentence The fear that he wouldn’t ever leave the hotel that he would stay and grow old and bent and be put in the ground there became a monster that dogged his heel and he walked on through his days steadfastly refusing to look its way in case it pounced—until it became impossible to ignore itThe hotel is the count’s prison and it is his sanctuary but for how much longer can it be either To what end he wondered had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the nextIt's not an easy task to make a story of imprisonment within an unvarying setting feel so hugely mesmerizing Fortunately Towles sets off all the fireworks he can with it and as a result the novel—like the count—thrives in captivityThere's a lot to swim in here—to fall into the drowning waves is inevitable Towles spins his tale with the decisiveness of an explorer and the grace of a poet I was pulled deeper into the current of his language the words rippling past me like lyre notes and my own heart seemed to be clipping along in staccato pleasure Many times I had to marshal my tired eyes in order to see the pages driving myself past exhaustion to a surreal and pertinacious wakefulnessTowles has certainly woven a sophisticated and powerful literary achievement But what makes this novel so winning is not the generous prose or the impeccable pace or the characterization or even the gorgeously realized setting—as eruditely rendered as they are It’s the author’s voice The arched eyebrow the conspiratorial wink the sly confiding tone The piercing irony and the craftiness with which he always seems to know the right nerve to touch at exactly the right moment to wound or to outrage most Despite the seemingly unpropitious circumstances this is not a dour book by any stretch and that's one of the greatest joys of its intelligence—that it is pure unfettered fun The balance that the novel deftly strikes between academic playfulness and exuisite storytelling is absolutely masterful A Gentleman in Moscow is both relentlessly intellectual and a page turner in the true sense and I genuinely felt rejuvenated by its presence while all the time trying not to think about how painful it would be when it all inevitably ends A Gentleman in Moscow is also as poignant as it is perplexing and profound The book takes time to ruminate meaningfully on selfhood friendship parenthood and the devastating unattainability of modest hopes It’s also boldly driven by the urge to make observations about other people while also offering them succor and guidance People after all “deserve not only our consideration” writes Towles “but our reconsideration” Further the novel is intricately carved with footnotes the asides are not only effective in explaining unfamiliar references but they also succeed in creating a poised and elegant punctuation throughout the book reminding the reader of the author’s editorial presence even at their most enthralledIt is undeniable that A Gentleman in Moscow lives and dies on its characters—so richly drawn and so idiosyncratically compelling are they—and the novel thrives with the people it focuses on who together make something like the word familyThe details of the count’s life at the Hotel Metropol are vividly painted and it's a treat to simply spend time with him There is a roaring vitality to his presence that cannot be contained as though he breathed all the world’s air and only left enough for others by sheer benevolence He is capable and steady and thoughtful every movement considered and although serving a lifelong sentence the favorable vestiges of the count’s aristocratic upbringing remained Alexander Ilyich Rostov hasn’t lost any of his upright dignity that earthbound grace and that steady gaze with deep set humor He took joy in savoring the simple pleasures of life—good wine good company and a good book—and that had the flavor of rebellion He was a man ferociously committed to the business of “mastering his circumstances” so he dropped his anchor declared a truth and found a harbor And when he could no longer be important he turned his clever mind to the task of becoming charmingThe count is utterly captivating in his interactions with other characters though they all steal almost every scene they’re in Nina the precocious 9 year old who holds a master key which allows her into every room; Emile the grouchy cook with his caustic whit and cavernous gloom; and Andrey the French maître d’ with a preternatural knowledge of the hotel’s inner workings and preternaturally agile hands Their presence was like a warm stone the count cupped in his hands and I relished the feeling that their solitudes had joined together There is tragedy at the heart of this story after all but there is also unimaginable tenderness—and it’s what follows you off the page“These are the greatest of conveniences Anushka—and at one time I had them all But in the end it has been the inconveniences that have mattered to me most” REVIEW ì HELPYOUANTIB.CO.UK ☆ Amor Towles

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Amor Towles ☆ 1 READ With grace and verve about the s and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change”A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov When in 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 liv. Melinda and I sometimes read the same book at the same time It’s usually a lot of fun but it can get us in trouble when one of us is further along than the other—which recently happened when we were both reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesAt one point I got teary eyed because one of the characters gets hurt and must go to the hospital Melinda was a couple chapters behind me When she saw me crying she became worried that a character she loved was going to die I didn’t want to spoil anything for her so I just had to wait until she caught up to meThat one scene aside A Gentleman in Moscow is a fun clever and surprisingly upbeat look at Russian history through the eyes of one man At the beginning of the book Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to spend his life under house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel It’s 1922 and the Bolsheviks have just taken power of the newly formed Soviet Union The book follows the Count for the next thirty years as he makes the most of his life despite its limitationsAlthough the book is fictional the Metropol is a real hotel I’ve even been lucky enough to stay there and it looked mostly the same as Towles describes in the book It’s the kind of place where you can’t help but picture what it was like at different points in time The hotel is located across the street from the Kremlin and managed to survive the Bolshevik revolution and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union That’s a lot of history for one buildingMany scenes in the book never happened in real life as far as I know but they’re easy to imagine given the Metropol’s history In one memorable chapter Bolshevik officials decide that the hotel’s wine cellar is “counter to the ideals of the Revolution” The hotel staff is forced to remove labels from than 100000 bottles and the restaurant must sell all wine for the same price The Count—who sees himself as a wine expert—is horrifiedCount Rostov is an observer frozen in time watching these changes come and go He felt to me like he was from a different era from the other characters in the book Throughout all the political turmoil he manages to survive because well he’s good at everythingHe’s read seemingly every book and can identify any piece of music When he’s forced to become a waiter at the hotel restaurant he does it with this panache that is incredible He knows his liuor better than anyone and he’s not shy about sharing his opinions The Count should be an insufferable character but the whole thing works because he’s so charmingTowles has a talent for uirky details Early ish in the book he says the Count “reviewed the menu in reverse order as was his habit having learned from experience that giving consideration to appetizers before entrees can only lead to regret” A description like that tells you so much about a character By the end of the book I felt like the Count was an old friendYou don’t have to be a Russophile to enjoy the book but if you are it’s essential reading I think early 20th century Russian history is super interesting so I’ve read a bunch of books about Lenin and Stalin A Gentleman in Moscow gave me a new perspective on the era even though it’s fictional Towles keeps the focus on the Count so most major historical events like World War II get little than a passing mention But I loved seeing how these events still shifted the world of the Metropol in ways big and small It gives you a sense of how political turmoil affects everyone not just those directly involved with it A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything There’s fantastical romance politics espionage parenthood and poetry The book is technically historical fiction but you’d be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story Even if Russia isn’t on your must visit list I think everyone can enjoy Towles’s trip to Moscow this summer