A Gentleman in Moscow (Hardback)
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A New York Times Bestseller

On the third floor, the Count walked down the red-carpeted hallway towards his suite – an interconnected bedroom, bath, dining room, and grand salon with eight-foot windows overlooking the Lindens of theatre square. And there the rudeness of the day awaited. For before the flung-open doors of his room stood a captain of the guards with Pasha and Petya, the hotel’s bellhops…

“I am here to show you to your quarters.”

“These are my quarters”

 

Betraying the slightest suggestion of a smile, the captain replied “No longer, I’m afraid.”

On 21 June, 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.

While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

From the author of the Waterstones’ bestseller Rules of Civility comes a book about the salvation inherent in mutual understanding and respect and an awakened sense of the possibility of wonder.

‘Winning...gorgeous...satisfying...Towles is a craftsman.’ - New York Times Book Review

‘A work of great charm, intelligence and insight.’ - Sunday Times

‘Abundant in humour, history and humanity.’ - Sunday Telegraph

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780091944247
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 758 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles' style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight." -- William Hartson * Daily Express *
"A work of great charm, intelligence and insight." -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *
"Elegant sentences, wonderful characters and inventive storytelling . . . This is everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight." * Mail on Sunday *
"There is so, so much to love in this book as we keep company with the endlessly entertaining Count . . .[This] novel is wistful, whimsical and wry and elegantly captures that most apposite of lessons: 'By the smallest of one's actions, one can restore some sense of order to the world'. Brilliant" -- Eithne Farry * Sunday Express *
"A Gentleman in Moscow is a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing. That Towles also makes this rollicking good fun is no mean feat." -- Constance Watson * Sunday Telegraph *
"WINNING . . . GORGEOUS . . . SATISFYING . . . TOWLES IS A CRAFTSMAN" * New York Times Book Review *
"Towles' use of language is an absolute pleasure to read and you can't help but savour every last word . . . What makes it a great work of historical fiction is the apt creations the author builds outside the hotel walls in a truly tumultuous time. Towles creates such a memorable character in Rostov and this book brings something for everyone - humour, history, friendship and philosophy.'" * Irish Times *
"A Gentleman in Moscow is exquisitely propped and styled, from the silver samovars to the red covers of Baedeker guides . . . [T]he count charms and disarms, and his story sparks much joy and a new anti-Kondo philosophy: chuck much, but keep all the books." * The Times *
"A sheer delight ... a gorgeous comic epic." * Daily Express *
"I adored A Gentleman in Moscow . . . This is a lovely, meandering story as charming and elegant as the Count himself." * Red *
"What makes it a great work of historical fiction are the creations the author builds outside the hotel in a truly tumultuous time." * i Newspaper *
"If we do a better book than this on the [Simon Mayo Radio 2] Book Club, we'll have a very very good year!" -- Matt Williams, Radio 2 Book Club
"A Gentleman in Moscow is quite a novel. Towles' use of language is a pleasure and you can't help but savour every word . . . a great work of fiction." * The Herald *
"A love story like no other, in a beautiful-looking book." * Sun *
"The perfect escapist read, Amor Towles' A Gentleman In Moscow is utterly mesmerising." * Stylist *
"An inventive and charming novel" * You magazine *
"The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut shapes this novel" * Entertainment Weekly *
"A masterful writer . . . a talent for conjuring up scenes from the past and present and bringing them into remarkable focus" * Washington Times *
"This novel is as much a celebration of that great culture as it is a biography of an irrepressible and indomitable spirit . . . an absolute must read." * Irish Independent *
"Spread across four decades, this is in all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom and philosophical insight." * Kirkus *

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“An extraordinary life....”

A Gentleman in Moscow depicts the engaging story of the Russian count Alexander Rostov. In 1922, a communist court regards him an unashamed monarchist and sentences him to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel... More

Hardback edition
1st November 2016
Helpful? Upvote 129

“An absolute delight”

If you are looking for something a bit different. This is a blend of inventive storytelling together with some funny moments. It tells the story of Count Rostov. who is summoned from his luxury suite in the Metropol... More

Hardback edition
9th February 2017
Helpful? Upvote 116

“A book that will change your life”

Every now and again a book comes along that sings with such beguiling beauty as to shock and amaze the reader. For me, that book is A Gentleman in Moscow. Words fail to describe how highly I rate this novel. I require... More

Hardback edition
4 similar books recommended
13th January 2017
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