Publisher's Note:  

New York Times bestseller

“The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles’ debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]” –Entertainment Weekly

“’The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Eloise’ meets all the Bond villains.” –TheSkimm 

“Elegant… as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg” –O, the Oprah Magazine
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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Viking

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles

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"For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim."

New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles has done it again! A Gentleman in Moscow is a beautiful, smart novel with something for everyone. The gentleman himself, Count Alexander Rostov, is one of the best literary characters in recent memory. His optimism amid challenging circumstances and benevolence towards all make him a noble protagonist. The story's secondary characters are equally dynamic and well-developed. The majority of the plot takes place inside the real Moscow Metropol hotel, and with Towles' descriptive and lively writing, the backdrop seems larger than life. A Gentleman in Moscow keeps a leisurely pace for most of the novel, and includes classic literary references, an overview of twentieth century Russian history, witty dialogue, and a satisfying resolution. A Gentleman in Moscow is historical fiction at its finest! 

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Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations, 3 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  A few implied occurrences of violence regarding domestic abuse; multiple secondhand reports of violence, including suicide, duels, land and sea battles, fistfights, assassinations, and shootings; a few brief scenes of violence during a movie scene, fistfight, physical altercation and shot at. 

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing; a few sexual references and implied accounts of sexual activity; a brief scene of nudity with sexual innuendo; a brief scene of sexual activity without explicit details between adults. 

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War and battle, famine, imprisonment, political upheaval, robbery, Communism, death of loved ones, abandonment, suicide, mention of duels, mention of heroin use, mention of the Tsar's execution, drinking and smoking. 

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Characters frequently drink and smoke. Several scenes take place in a bar. A full page discusses different types of alcoholic beverages. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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