Ts&Cs apply
A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)
zoom
A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback) A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)

A Gentleman in Moscow (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 512 Pages
Published: 02/11/2017
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Waterstones Says

Both an exquisite comic masterpiece and a profound meditation on the actions and emotions that give life purpose, A Gentleman in Moscow views the events unfolding in the decades after the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a Russian aristocrat under house arrest in the attic of the opulent Hotel Metropol.

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for November 2017

'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…'

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.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099558781
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 353 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself. - Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

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

No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original - Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

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

This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don’t miss it. - Chris Cleave

I just reread A Gentleman in Moscow ... It's a wonderful book at any time, and this time it brought home to me how people find ways to be happy, make connections, and make a difference to one another's lives, even in the strangest, saddest and most restrictive circumstances. - Tana French, Good Housekeeping

I think the world feels so disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for. His world was also in shambles but he maintained his grace and humor.

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 - 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. - 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

You may also be interested in...

Butter
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Thursday Murder Club
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
You Like It Darker
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
The Cloisters
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Ferryman
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Added to basket
Rewitched
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Yellowface
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Ministry of Time
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
You Are Here
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
The Last Devil To Die
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Housekeepers
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Someone Else’s Shoes
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
A Little Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Prophet Song
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Strange Sally Diamond
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

“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
Helpful? Upvote 201

“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
Helpful? Upvote 191
KimG9

“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
Helpful? Upvote 141

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: