A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
From 2,882 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 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.
  • A Gentleman In Moscow

    By Tinbear
    Outstanding. A witty, charming, funny story of perseverance, love and the power of the human spirit.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Old Man cyclist
    I loved this book. My only complaint is that it had to end. This is a very gifted author.
  • Thank You

    I started thinking that I would need a new book to read. Around page 200, I could not put the book down. I am assuming the gentleman at the end was the count, and the woman was Anna. A lot of big words but never the less a great read. Thank you for the great book.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Edes Edel
    An exquisite read! Literature at its best. If you love reading and love words do not miss this absorbing book.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Me deuce
    Absolutely positively delightful!
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Cismombo
    I did not want it to end. So enchanting and interesting history. I want everyone to read this fine work. Wizardry with words phrases and visuals that every read can see.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    By Word Lover 70
    Superb in all ways!
  • A rare gem

    By SLPshoe
    I’m going to re-Read this book again it was so good